21 year old male Researcher from Basingstoke
Question 1. In the current economic climate, what made you decide to undertake an archaeology degree?
I managed to start my degree just before the economy turned sour, and graduated in the middle of the damaging years. I have always been fascinated by archaeology and the past and wouldnt consider giving it up at 18. So without much thought as to the career prospects I went to study the thing that I enjoyed the mostQuestion 2. Currently, what do you perceive to be the most significant archaeological find that you have made and why is this?
The bottom of a porcelain vase from a random field in North Devon. It intrigued me for such a long period of time and made me realise how much material culture exists in the most unexpected of places.
Question 3. What/ where do you see yourself to be in ten years time?
Running my own genealogy company.
Question 4. An archaeology student’s degree is multi-disciplinary, sociable and academically challenging. During your time as an archaeology student what has been the most memorable moment within or out of the lecture theatre?
1st Lecture of the 1st Day at Uni. Amazing German professor tells us in no uncertain terms that archaeology is not like A) Indiana Jones or B) Jurrasic Park. Results in a collective sigh from over 50 freshers.
Question 5. What are you currently doing? (Excavating, working, holidaying etc.)
Working as a researcher for the recruitment of the 2011 census (At least its sort of to do with the past!)
Question 6. What are your thoughts and feelings about commercial archaeology?
A fantastic underpaid and often unrecognised bunch of people who work tirelessly for something they enjoy.
Question 7. Has your perception of archaeology on TV changed since you undertook your degree? (E.g. Time team, meet the ancestors, Bonekickers).
You realise how many hundreds of hours of excavation and research go into a programme behind the scenes. Time Teams three day rush into a site is laughable.