A Day in the Life of Current Archaeology

We love office birthdays (and biscuits!)

We love office birthdays (and we love biscuits even more!)

Hello, and welcome to Lamb House, a converted brewery building that lies a stone’s throw from the Thames in Chiswick, West London – home to Current Archaeology magazine, as well as our sister publications, Current World Archaeology, and Military History Monthly.

Today we’ve very much got that Friday feeling – possibly not helped by there still being vast amounts of cake in the office, from two team birthdays yesterday! – but as ever, there’s still lots to do. CWA went to press yesterday and their editorial team are just kicking off things for #67, while MHM is planning a big event for October.

Postcards from Team travels - and our office cooking rota

Postcards from Team travels – and our office cooking rota

Our Editor in Chief, Andrew Selkirk, has also dropped by for a visit – for the last few weeks he has been travelling all over the world, visiting fabulous archaeological sites (and gathering fabulous archaeological stories!) in Greece and China, which no doubt he will be keen to turn into articles soon. Right now he’s sitting with our design team, looking through holiday snaps (we mean site photos!).

Over at CA, we’re comfortably mid-cycle (click here to see what’s in out latest issue!), working towards the print deadline for issue 294. That means that much of the magazine has already been laid out, but there’s still news, book reviews, and a few odds and ends to polish off. Just as well we like to be busy…

We sent PDFs of most of our features back to their authors last week, so this has mainly been a day of making any final tweaks they might ask for – to make sure the articles are as accurate as possible, and that everyone’s happy with how they look – as well as hunting for some extra pictures, chasing up a few news stories, and finalising plans for a site visit next week – there’s nothing we like more than coming to see excavations.

Office mascot (knitted by one of our super-talented readers)

Office mascot (knitted by one of our super-talented readers)

Today also saw us putting the finishing touches to the text of the last feature yet to be completed – it’s an exciting one, and a bit of a CA exclusive, so we’re really looking forward to sharing it with you in a few weeks’ time – watch this space!

Wishing you all the best for the rest of the Day of Archaeology – and have a great weekend,

Carly Hilts
Assistant Editor, Current Archaeology

A Day in the Life of Gaye Nayton, Heritage Archaeologist

Hello from Perth, Western Australia where I want to introduce you to a day in my life. As an archaeologist I am a bit of a hybrid beast. I work as a consultant archaeologist/heritage consultant and run my own consultancy. I also carry out academic research, having a PhD from the University of Western Australia and authoring the first book on WA historical archaeology. I also work as a public archaeologist running public outreach programs and I am authoring a book on WA historical archaeology aimed at the general public. You can check out my varied archaeological personalities at my web page at www.gayenaytonarchaeology.com.

When people think of archaeology and archaeologists they think of digging but the truth is most archaeologists spend 90% of their time in the office or lab. I thought for the Day of Archaeology I would take hourly photographs throughout my day to show how my day panned out. I could have been on a site but statistics are against it and this day like many others is going to be spent mainly in the office working on reports. My sister Jackie is helping out my Day of Archaeology project by hanging around and snapping photos every hour. (more…)