Last week Robert Chapple posted an excellent guest post by Stuart Rathbone on working conditions in archaeology (there’s an interesting Facebook discussion on it here). Predominantly focussed on the Republic of Ireland, it builds on personal experience and surveys of the profession (i.e. McDermott and La Piscopia 2008) to debate a wide range of issues (pretty much all of which will be recognisable to UK archaeologists).
I found myself agreeing with much of what Stuart wrote, except for one point: drugs. Continue reading
A short blog on archaeology, tourism and information panels inspired by a trip to a Neolithic Stone Row in Ireland.
The N71 towards Kenmare (the Caha Pass) offers the fastest escape from the kitsch of Glengarriff; it’s views of the stark Beara Peninsula a welcome tonic after overpriced sweaters and Guinness branded tin whistles.
There’s also a a Siren call to holidaying archaeologists: a brown sign to a Neolithic Stone Row. Continue reading
Fourteen years ago I walked into a room. Facing the door, illuminated by a single wire reinforced window, sat the post-16 careers guidance counsellor.
What did I want to do after sixth form?
I was thinking of studying archaeology.
The advisor stared into the distance, glanced at my CV.
Had I considered an HND in forestry?
Whilst doing a bit of research earlier I came across an article in The Observer that I missed when it was published. With continuing threats to heritage funding in the UK dominating many archaeological discussions I thought it would be worth summarising here for anyone else who didn’t see it :
“Large quantities of important archaeological material, the fruit of years of fieldwork, are at present lying, unexamined…” Continue reading
Over on Storify you can read a slightly belated review of the first ever Archaeological Science Question Time event hosted as part of the UKAS 2013 conference organised by the Department of Archaeology and Conservation at Cardiff University.
Have a read and let me know what you think!
Written by +Matt Nicholas