Overworked security officer and underworked archaeologist!

Hedge Wizards and breadcrumbs

So it’s that time of year when the archaeological world puts it wears out on the global bazaar that is the internet, for all passerbys to look over, man handle and put back on the table before moving onto the next.

Being a volunteer archaeologist, I’ll use volunteer rather than amatuer (as amatuer sounds rather degrading and derogatory), it’s hard to talk in depth about a day of archaeology. Akin to a village hedge wizard (anyone who has dabbled in DnD will understand) as apposed the the grand arcanist that is a practising or academic archaeologist, volunteer archaeologists have their own special niche.

As the fixes of archaeology are brief and interspersed between the bill paying job, time with my wife and kids and lifes unexpected hiccups, it’s more about the snippets or bread crumbs of archaeology. Each bread crumb is a learning and experience gaining opportunity until an elusive paid role eventuates.

Whilst not being as grand as a full time practising archaeologists, volunteering can be just as rewarding. Mostly based around public archaeology, my last year has comprised of helping out at the local historic museum, conducting archival research and a couple of talks, one of which was to my son’s Kindergarten class, during National Archaeology Week. Whilst no wonderous amphora depicting classic Greek warriors or well shaped lithics were involved, being able to share the infectious lure of archaeology and create the sparkle of excitement in someones eye, was unbeatable.

So until next year, I’m off to chase some more bread crumbs and read the other days of archaeology that people are sharing.


You Can Do It!

Wow! I’m here, I received my log in a couple of days ago and have sat on it wracking my brain on how to contribute to the worldwide, Day of Archaeology experience.

Having just completed the last unit of my degree and awaiting graduation, I find myself between archaeological ventures, I can’t write about a project, research or an excavation.

Then like a bolt out of the sky ⚡️, it dawned on me.

Put out some worldwide positivity to those still studying and working towards their thesis, dissertation, degree or unit assignment by distance education.

As the saying goes nothing worth while is easy and studying at university level definitely falls into the not being easy category. For an added level of difficulty there is university study via distance education. Just for bonus points there is distance education being a mature aged student working full time with kids and all the distractions of studying at home where procrastination and other priorities easily takes hold.

The equalizer though against the levels of difficulty faced is attitude and enthusiasm. In the end you need to want to get to the end, submit that assignment, complete that task for the end goal of the finished degree. All the while dodging roadblocks and speed humps like extra shifts at work, sick kids, conflicting appointments or family emergencies.

There is light at the end of the tunnel and what seems as unattainable becomes reality when your course is complete.

So for everyone out there battling away at your degree via distance education, YOU CAN DO IT!

It’s not the impossible unless you make it so.

Once you’ve finished having been teased by readings, fieldwork and independent research during your degree, the archaeological world is your oyster.

So take up your trowel, tape measure and drawing kit and get out there!