22 year old male Office Administrator living in West Sussex
Question 1. In the current economic climate, what made you decide to undertake an archaeology degree?
I didn't. When I decided to study archaeology as a degree, it was before the recession. Originally I had intended to study law. I decided to study Archaeology (and Ancient History) because I did not enjoy any of my subjects at secondary school, and decided I did not want to spend another 3 years learning about things I did not find interesting. In hindsight this may have been a bit cavalier of me.
Question 2. Currently, what do you perceive to be the most significant archaeological find that you have made and why is this?
Nothing. I'm a graduate now but I don't work in archaeology. During my degree I did work on an archaeological site, but found nothing of any significance, hence the answer to this question would be bits of broken Roman pottery. And not even Samian ware.
Question 3. What/ where do you see yourself to be in ten years time?
Stuck in some office job in London. If I'm lucky. If not, stuck in some office job where I live now.
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?
I'm not too sure what this means. My most memorable moment whilst I was a student was being voted the captain of the university mixed hockey team. My most memorable moment vaguely related to archaeology was probably -sadly- when my personal tutor congratulated me on my degree result at results day, which I was very pleased with, and then I asked her for a hug and she said no.
Question 5. What are you currently doing? (Excavating, working, holidaying etc.)
Filling out an online questionnaire. Living at home trying to find a job that pays enough to live in London.
Question 6. What are your thoughts and feelings about commercial archaeology?
It's a job that you really have to love in order to do it, because it doesn't pay well. Sadly this rules me out as I am not dedicated enough to succeed at it. I'm more interested in what we learn from it than the actual process, as I said, I did ancient history as well as archaeology.
Question 7. Has your perception of archaeology on TV changed since you undertook your degree? (E.g. Time team, meet the ancestors, Bonekickers).
Yes, at our first ever lecture our lecturer told us that on Time Team they cut out all the boring bits and only show the exciting bits. I now enjoy relaying this in a contemptuous manner to people who are watching it. I've never seen the other programmes given in the example.