Day of Archaeology 2014

A Day with Macedonian Archaeology – “Arheo Park Brazda” (VIDEO)

This short documentary about the first archaeological park in R. Macedonia “Arheo Park Brazda” was recorded for the celebration of international day of archaeology “Day of Archaeology 2014” by association “Archaeologica” ‘with the support of Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia, Archaeological Museum of Macedonia, Cultural heritage protection office and Via Magna.

association Archaeologica

Goran Sanev, MA
Irena Kolistrkovska Nasteva
Radomir Ivanovic

Camera, Assembling, Music, Graphics:
Jane Kacanski

Author – Screenwriter – Producer
Radomir Ivanovic

Elena Karanfilovska

Arheo Park Brazda

Skopje, July 2014

Day of Archaeology 2014: A life of lithics, balance and luck


My name is Christian Hoggard and I am an AHRC funded PhD student at the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO), within the University of Southampton. Last year I was swamped by Masters research to be able to produce a DoA post; it is an amazing project and I just hope I can write to the standard that they deserve!

Today is not a typical day. Today is a day working from home as I have just returned from the biennial Palaeolithic-related field trip with some of my colleagues from CAHO. Over the space of eight days we mini-bused over 1950km throughout northern and south-western France visiting sites including Pincevent in Seine-et-Marne, and many other infamous sites such as Le Moustier, La Micoque, Abri Pataud and others within the Vézère Valley. Photos and a blog will shortly follow!

The typical days, however, are not as exotic. I would get into the John Wymer Laboratory at around 9 am and balance my time (until 5ish) accordingly. At the moment, I am balancing between reading, chapter drafting and writing, and other CV-related aspects. We all know that a PhD does not offer you the dream job (or any job really!) these days and it is the extra-PhD activities (i.e. teaching, outreach, outside research) alongside the PhD which can persuade or sway the interviewers to give you the job you’ve always wanted (or the only one which got you an interview for). In undertaking such I often feel that I am neglecting your research (the stuff that I am actually paid to do!) and hindering its progress. I just hope I can get the correct balance between what is needed, what I wish to give, what actually is created and what I’ve done alongside! Time will tell.

In terms of my PhD I am currently finishing off one of my first two chapter drafts ready for interrogation by my supervisor. My research is focused on Neanderthal behaviour and specifically why different technological strategies or flintknapping techniques are used concurrently. Through morphometric, technological and (hopefully!) practical examination the relationship between elongated Levallois and Laminar strategies will be investigated. Are they both used because each has their own benefit? or is it just an alternate means to an end? So far I have looked at two sites in Britain (Baker’s Hole and Crayford) and two in Belgium (Mesvin and Rocourt); a revisit to these are essential and many more sites are needed!


Lithic material in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) – the site of Mesvin IV

The day will then finish at 5pm and I will try my best to treat it as a job; no PhD (with the exception of some emails) will be undertaken for the rest of my evening. I am trying to be a “work at work” kinda person, again that balance is essential.

So why did I include luck in my title? Well, I have been incredibly lucky to get where I am now. I am fortunate to get both my MA and PhD funded through the AHRC, I am fortunate to get a PhD position at Southampton (and also at Cambridge), and I am fortunate for the current situation. I got these opportunities not because I am more intelligent than other applicants, or because my research will cure cancer (which it won’t), but because the series of events just played out in my favour. I have seen many people, close friends of mine, who have far more amazing ideas, not get funding for PhD. This is not a game of intellect, but a game of chance, whether this includes luck or not. A level of intellect just helps this.

If luck does exist. I must acknowledge that luck runs out, and prepare like mad for its inevitability. The American journalist Hunter Thompson once said that “Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it”. Again we are back to balance. I know that I will lose my balance, it’s inevitable. All people fall. All we can do is make sure that we don’t land too hard.

Now get up on the tightrope and enjoy the view.


Archaeologist Trapped in a Non-Archaeologist World

The author before the statue of MeritAmun from a temple at Akhmim

The author before the statue of MeritAmun from a temple at Akhmim

Hello! I am trained and educated as an archaeologist in Egyptian and Bronze Age Greece archaeology/art history/ancient history, but I have not yet found a position in my field or a related field (or even a very slightly related field). I’m an academic mutt because my interests lie in the interconnections between Egypt and Bronze Age Greece. Since graduation, I’ve been firmly occupying that dreaded slot: “Independent Research Scholar.” I was going to remain a lurker today for the Day of Archaeology, because I haven’t been feeling very much like an archaeologist lately, but someone encouraged me to post. I decided to do this for myself and all of the others like me who are trained archaeologists, but who are struggling to find their place and simply making do with various employment.

My actual day is spent at “The Job That Shall Not Be Named,” working to collect a salary that will pay my rent, my federal financial aid repayments, conferences, and, most importantly, book money and coffee money. My day-to-day routine is-sadly-very unarchaeological, and I have to turn to my non-working hours to return to my archaeological roots.

I’ve been attending and presenting at conferences. I also taught an evening class this past fall. I’ve been writing (slowly, but still I’m writing!) articles and book reviews. And, thankfully, for the past few years, I’ve been the president of a local chapter of a larger national organization connected to Egyptology, which is probably the best thing that I have done for my inner archaeologist-child. I’ve also found social media, which allows me to connect with other archaeologists and ancient historians from around the world, which is how I discovered Day of Archaeology 2014.

So what was on my to-do list for post-5 pm work this week? So far I’ve updated our chapter’s website, Facebook, and Twitter feed. I’ve been attempting to pull together the annual report for my chapter, writing, looking for a new job (hopefully, in my field!), working up some designs for our chapter’s new t-shirt, and plotting my next conference paper. Tonight’s mission, after I get home from “The Job That Shall Not Be Named,” will be to work on an article for submission to a conference publication. Oh, and I snuck off-very naughtily at “The Job That Shall Not Be Named,” and wrote a blog-post for the Day of Archaeology. Happy Day of Archaeology, everyone!

(Photo taken at Akhmim, Egypt: MeritAmun and me)

Steve White (MOLA): archaeology in Kent

Week 9 of our project in Kent continues apace, with many features revealed, and many more yet to dig. We have some interesting alignments of postholes and ditches, revealing a potential settlement with a substantial structure at its heart.

Not pictured: fantastic weather

Not pictured: fantastic weather

The site comprises several kilometres of stripping for a new road and a housing development, which creates logistical issues that don’t normally occur on the sites we run in central London. Every day is a challenge, but one that is made easier by an amazing team, and up until today, fantastic weather!