Archaeologyfieldwork.com FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How do I sign up for a member account on Archaeologyfieldwork.com?

  • I want to post an employment advertisement for my firm. How do I do this, and is there a cost involved?

  • How do I post a message about a field school, internship, fellowship, grant, volunteer opening, or other opportunity?

  • How do I post an announcement such as a training opportunity, course, call for papers/proposals, or upcoming conference?

  • I want to post my resume or cv for potential employers at the site. How do I proceed?

 

  • How do I post a message?

  • How do I reply to a message?

  • How do I edit one of my messages?

  • How do I delete one of my messages?

  • How do I include a photo in one of the messages?

  • Why can't I reply to any of the messages posted in the 'Jobs' section?

  • How do I send a private message to another member?

  • Help! I can't remember my username or password.

  • How do I change my avatar?


  • How do I get my own website listed on Archaeologyfieldwork.com? Would you consider a reciprocal link?

  • I would like to have my company listed in the CRM firms list. How do I go about doing this?

  • I would like to advertise a product or service on Archaeologyfieldwork.com. How much does it cost to do this?

  • How is this website funded? Who runs/owns Archaeologyfieldwork.com?

  • I've found this website useful, and am wondering what I can do to help?

How do I sign up for a member account on Archaeologyfieldwork.com?

Website membership is free, and it's easy to sign up for a member account. Simply click on the link to 'Register' at the top of the page. You will be prompted for a username (handle), password and your e-mail address. You will also have to answer a simple question identifying a displayed image so we can be sure you are a human.

I want to post an employment advertisement for my firm. How do I do this, and is there a cost involved?

There has never been, nor ever will be a cost to employers or anyone else for using this website. To post an employment advert, you must first register for a website member account (see above). Once you have logged in, click on the 'Jobs' forum and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the button to post an advert. The message posting/editing/deleting process is intuitive, though detailed instructions are also found elsewhere in this FAQ if you require additional assistance. Please note that employment adverts will remain posted to Archaeologyfieldwork.com for 60 days unless you choose to delete the message before then.

At least one message tag (or label) must be selected when posting a message. You may wish to include one of the following possible tags as they apply to your advert (a minimum of one, and up to five tags must be selected):

hotel
per-diem
local
field-tech
crew-chief
field-supervisor
project-archaeologist
principal-investigator
BA
MA
PhD
entry-level
6mos-1yr-exp
1-2-yrs-exp
2-5-yrs-exp
5-10-yrs-exp
10-15-yrs-exp
benefits
prevailing-wage
permanent
historic-preservation
historical-research
lab
office
GIS
GPS

Messages may also be tagged at a later time by the webmaster or moderators to more accurately reflect the content of the advert. These tags are provided to help prospective job seekers easily find advertised positions meeting their criteria or qualifications.

Submissions via .pdf file are also accepted, but must be e-mailed separately as an attachment to webmaster@archaeologyfieldwork.com. If you can, please post at least a cursory message outlining the basic details of your job opening as outlined above, and I will add a link to the full .pdf employment listing web page once it has been posted to Archaeologyfieldwork.com .

How do I post a message about a field school, internship, fellowship, grant, volunteer opening, or other opportunity?

You must first register for a website account. After logging into the site, post your message in the 'Discussion' section and select whichever tag or tags apply to your message before posting:

field-school
internship
fellowship
grants
volunteer
students

Detailed instructions on registering for a website account and message posting/editing/deleting functions are also available in this FAQ.

How do I post an announcement such as a training opportunity, course, call for papers/proposals, or upcoming conference?

You must first register for a website account. After logging into the site, post your message in the 'Discussion' section and select whichever tag or tags apply to your message before posting:

announcements
training
call-for-papers
call-for-proposals
request-for-qualifications
conference
outreach

Detailed instructions on registering for a website account and message posting/editing/deleting functions are also available in this FAQ.

I want to post my resume or cv for potential employers at the site. How do I proceed?

You must first register for a website account. After logging into the site, post your message in the 'Resumes' section and submit whichever tag or tags apply to your message (a minimum of at least one tag must be selected). Some possible tags based upon keywords in your resume may include:

BA
MA
field-school
entry-level
undergrad
graduate-degree
field-tech
crew-chief
osteology
lab
GIS
GPS
ceramics
lithics
survey
...and so on!

Detailed instructions on registering for a website account and message posting/editing/deleting functions are also available in this FAQ. Please note that we are not able to accept attachments such as .pdf files for resumes. If you wish to cut and paste the content of your resume from another format into the body of the message, you can do so easily from programs such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and OpenOffice writer.

Please remember that this is the internet, and your information can be viewed by anyone. You may wish to refrain from publicly posting sensitive personal information within your resume message.

How do I post a message?

You must first be logged into the website with your username and password to post a message or make any other changes. Select the area that you wish to post a message in at the top of the screen – Jobs, Resumes or Discussion. Once you are in that message forum, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button labeled 'Create New Topic'.

A new page will open, and you will be first prompted for the Topic Title (message subject line). For best results, try to be as specific as possible in your subject line. As an example, a message entitled “Help!” is not as effective in getting responses from other website members as one entitled, “Seeking guidance in finding a field school in New England”.

In the white box you will enter the content of your message and can refine the look and feel by using the optional text editing tools. From left to right, they are as follows:

Font Name and Size (select by drop-down boxes)
Font Style (bold, italics, underlining, or strikeout)
Text color
Highlighting
Lists (bulleted list and numbered list)
Insert Item (hyperlink to URL/website address and image insertion)

To change text in a message, hold down the button on your mouse to highlight it, and then use the text editing tools to make changes. There is no preview function, as what you see in this text box is what you will see when the message is posted.

To insert a hyperlink, type the name of your website and then use your mouse to highlight the text. Click on the link icon, and you will be prompted to enter its URL/web address in http: format (example http://www.archaeologyfieldwork.com). This will create a “live” link which others can click on within your message. You can also type out the web address in your message text. However, without using the aforementioned link icon, others will need to manually cut and paste the URL into their web browser to visit the site.

To insert an image, click on the corresponding picture icon. You will then be prompted to enter the URL/hyperlink of your image on the web in http: format as above. Your image will then be displayed within the message.

When you are finished entering the body of your message, you will be prompted to enter a message tag (or label). Tags are keyword identifiers which help to label your message. Begin typing any letter of the alphabet or word that you can think of to describe the content of your message into the box, and possible matches will display. Some examples of message tags used at Archaeologyfieldwork.com include archaeology, CRM, field-tech, career, field-school, students, graduate-degree, and artifacts. We currently have over 300 possible tags available for this purpose and realize that everyone may not know all of the potential tags that can be used for their message, so it's possible that the webmaster or moderator may add more targeted tags to your message at a later date.

You can select up to five tags, but at a minimum at least one has to be selected to proceed. If you entered a tag that you wish to delete, simply click on it and it will disappear.

When you are finished, click on 'Save Topic'. Your posted message will now be displayed as others will see it.

How do I reply to a message?

Select the message, and a text box will appear below any message topic and replies in which you can enter your own reply. Follow the instructions above for posting a message.

How do I edit one of my messages?

Click on the message to bring it up on the screen. If you posted the original message topic, you will see a button to 'Edit Topic' directly under the message. If you posted a reply to a message (whether or not you created the original topic), you will see a button to 'Edit Post' beneath your reply. The buttons for editing a topic (original message in a thread) and a post work in the same way.

The text editing box works in the same way it did when you originally posted the message, and your message content will be displayed in the text box. Select 'Post Message' to save.

How do I delete one of my messages?

The same instructions apply as above, except you will be given the option to 'Delete Topic' or 'Delete Post' depending upon whether the message in question is a topic (original message) or a post (message reply). If you were the original (topic) message poster and choose to delete the topic, the original message and all subsequent replies to the topic will be deleted, even if others posted those replies. As the original message topic poster, in essence, you then retain “ownership” of the message thread and have the power to delete it if you see fit.

How do I include a photo in one of the messages?

Please scroll up to read the topic of “How do I post a message?” for instructions.

How do I send a private message to another member?

Private messages will be added to the website as a feature in the future. When this occurs, I will update this FAQ with information and will also make an announcement on the home page.

How do I change my avatar?

Website members who do not choose a custom avatar will have a computer-generated geometrical picture displayed as their avatar. This is automatically served up by the website www.gravatar.com and is created based upon the member's e-mail address used for website registration.

To select a custom avatar, you must set up an account on www.gravatar.com. You will be asked for a username, password (neither have to match those at Archaeologyfieldwork.com ) and your e-mail address (this does have to match the one you used to register at Archaeologyfieldwork.com). A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you to activate your gravatar.com account, and from there it will walk you through the steps of selecting an avatar on their website.

Once your account at gravatar.com is active and you are logged in at their site, you will be able to upload an image from your computer's hard drive, or choose an image on the web that you would like to use.

If you don't have a particular image in mind to use, a selection of avatars is available for use from Archaeologyfieldwork.com . You can view these by clicking on 'Profile' and can obtain an URL (web address) for each by clicking on the desired image. You must then cut and paste the URL of a desired avatar image into the box when prompted on the gravatar.com website.

Any images selected as your avatar on gravatar.com will automatically be displayed as your member avatar in your messages posted at Archaeologyfieldwork.com . You can change your avatar at any time via your gravatar.com account and it will automatically also change on Archaeologyfieldwork.com .

Why can't I reply to any of the messages posted in the 'Jobs' section?

The option to reply to messages posted in the Jobs forum has been omitted intentionally. In our old forums at Archaeologyfieldwork.com , some website members were consistently replying to these messages with requests for additional information or posting their resume. The messages in the Jobs section are presented in a read-only status for job seekers. There will always be contact info listed in an employment advert so that you can contact the potential employer. If you read the messages carefully, you will find that this contact info can be an e-mail, phone number, fax number, employer website link, snail mail address, and/or a link to an external website where this information can be gleaned. If you see the wording “For more information, click here” or something similar, it is likely that the latter applies.

How do I get my own website listed on Archaeologyfieldwork.com? Would you consider a reciprocal link?

You are free to post a message in the 'Discussion' area of the site promoting your personal or professional website or web page, as long as it is related to the content of this site and does not violate our Terms of Service. Websites that fit into one of the categories on our 'Resources' web page will be added to the list.

I would like to have my company listed in the CRM firms list. How do I go about doing this?

The Archaeologyfieldwork.com Cultural Heritage and Heritage Management firms list can be found at http://www.archaeologyfieldwork.com/CRMfirms.htm, or by clicking on the Resources tab at the top of the page and scrolling down to the aforementioned link. You can submit your information by e-mailing me at webmaster@archaeologyfieldwork.com. Please include the name of your firm, the location of its office(s), website or e-mail contact information, and the category that you would like to be included in. Deletions or corrections to the list can also be submitted in the same fashion.

I would like to advertise a product or service on Archaeologyfieldwork.com. How much does it cost to do this?

You are welcome to post a message in our 'Discussion' area promoting a product or service that is related to the content of this website, and there is no charge for doing so. I only ask that you enter 'marketplace' as one of the message tags so it is appropriately labeled (if this is not done, it will likely be added at a later time by the webmaster or one of the moderators). Please note that messages for unrelated goods and services will be treated as spam and will be promptly deleted. Those who repeatedly spam the website will have their membership revoked and be banned from the site.

Companies that wish to purchase a small banner ad or button on the website should submit an advert graphic and cost proposal to webmaster@archaeologyfieldwork.com.

How is this website funded? Who runs/owns Archaeologyfieldwork.com?

Archaeologyfieldwork.com is operated and owned as a personal website by its webmaster, Jennifer Palmer. It is not affiliated with any external organizations and is run as a service to the internet archaeological community. Its web hosting, domain registration and other costs are paid for by the webmaster out of personal funds. Ad revenue from adverts placed on the site and a small profit from the Archaeologyfieldwork.com Amazon.com store help to offset the costs of maintaining the website.

I've found this website useful, and am wondering what I can do to help?

Archaeologyfieldwork.com has always been operated as a free service, and we have refrained from asking for financial support from its members. However, there are ways to support the website if you choose to help in this way. As noted above, the website receives a small percentage of sales originating from the Archaeologyfieldwork.com Amazon.com storefront. Those who also wish to contribute financially to the website can do so via our Paypal account by clicking on the donation button below:

All proceeds from Paypal contributions will go directly to the costs incurred running this website.

More importantly, I would like to encourage your participation in the message forums of this website. This online community and its resources are here for you. If you work for a CRM firm that is looking to hire archaeologists, please encourage them to post a job advert on our site to advertise the opening (they can edit or delete the advert as needed, and there is no cost for advertising the position). Those who work within cultural resource management know that such employment opportunities can often be difficult to come across, and the dissemination of this information is a great way to help your fellow archaeologists. If you've found this website to be a helpful resource, please consider recommending Archaeologyfieldwork.com to your supervisor, a friend, fellow co-workers or students, or professors. We'd love to see them visit the site.

Thanks for your support. If there are any questions I haven't addressed or I can provide additional information on these topics or other matters related to the website, feel free to contact me via e-mail at webmaster@archaeologyfieldwork.com

Jennifer Palmer, webmaster

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