Topic ID #90 - posted 2/11/2007 2:03 PM


Jennifer Palmer

The original **introductions** thread at the old forums had over 8 pages of responses, and almost 9,000 page views. I would like to keep this tradition alive here at the new forums.

Please introduce yourself, and tell us a little bit about you and your interests in archaeology. What is your background in archaeology? Where have you worked, and what are you specific interests and goals? What do you enjoy about archaeology? Pretty much anything goes here... just tell everyone a little bit about yourself.

I guess I will start with myself... As many of you already know, my name is Jennifer Palmer, and I'm the webmaster of I've been running this site now for over a decade (see this thread on the old forums for a look at its evolution).

I've been working as an archaeological field technician, crew chief and field director in CRM for about 13 years, on projects in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona. I've also worked in the past in as a lab/research assistant, cartographer/AutoCad technician, architectural historian, and IT person for CRM firms.

I received my BA in Anthro from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Drew University. I'm hoping to get into grad school this year, or next at the very latest. I should have done it many years ago. (later edit - ah the best laid plans.. two kids later in 2011.. we'll see!)

As far as interests go, I have strong leanings toward historic archaeology, including industrial archaeology, urban archaeology, and transportation/infrastructure (sites such as historic roads, railroad grades, utilities, etc.), as well as architectural history and historic preservation. I'm an advocate of technology in archaeology, too, and am interested in the applications of GIS and computers in the discipline.

Hmm, that's about all I can think of for now. Please add to this thread and tell us a bit about yourself as well.

Post ID#135 - replied 2/13/2007 12:02 AM


Hi! I'm one of Jennifer's We help out when we can, since Jennifer is one busy dudette, and this is one busy site. I've been around for about 4 years, and hope to be around a lot longer.

I got started in archaeology back in 1990 as an amateur. I ended up going back to school at the age of 49 and getting a BA in Anthropology (archaeology) from Metropolitan State College of Denver. After starving as a shovelbum for several years, doing projects in 11 states, I got my master's by distance learning from the University of Leicester, in Landscape Archaeology & Heritage. I am currently working for the Forest Service on the Gila National Forest, and having a ball. My specialties are rock art and a variety of lithic pursuits, including obsidian - we have one of the largest obsidian quarries in the Southwest on my district, and I just presented a paper (a very condensed version of part of my master's thesis) at the Archaeological Institute of America's 2007 conference in San Diego. If I can be of help to anyone, just send me a message on the site's message thingy, and I'll do my best to be of assistance. 8-)

Post ID#178 - replied 2/13/2007 5:28 PM


I usually don’t do these but here it goes. I have been lurking on this site for over 2 years now. I just graduated in December 2006 from the University of New Mexico with my BA in Anthropology (Archaeology concentration). I am 49 and I am now ready to start my second career, this time in Archaeology. I spent 20+ years in the US Navy as an aircrewman. My interests right now are broad, i.e. Historical Archaeology, Celtic, Southwest, California, Military Archaeology and Landscape Archaeology. I have about a year of CRM experience under my belt already. So far, the best job and the most fun job I have had was this past summer. I worked for the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. Most of my CRM experience has been SoCal. I will be taking some time off to get more experience before going on to Grad school.

Yes, I am currently looking for work.


Post ID#200 - replied 2/13/2007 9:44 PM


First things first! Jen - You are doing a great job with the site! Thanks for all you do for us (and you other mods can pat yourselves on the back too - try not to dislocate anything! :P )

I'm a long time tech, since '90, in CRM, although field school goes all the way back to '80, I guess. I spent many years with a well-known firm, rising through the volcano until ejection as a crusty cinder! :lol:

Since I left I have had varied gigs from tech to field director. Each has its charms - I kind of like mixing it up! Same with historic/prehistoric! I did a historic track as an undergrad but prefer prehistoric work generally. Then again technically complex jobs are always attractive...(Did I mention I'm currently available? :lol: )

Anyways, to all you newbies and wannabe's - This site is a fount of info and wisdom you won't find anywhere else on the net - look around! :)

Post ID#332 - replied 2/18/2007 4:22 PM


Hello all I am Country Bob. I am current working on my 13th year in the field. I specialize in not specializing. I do a lot of survey as well as phase III. I do about equal amounts of historic and prehistoric. My path of travel generally runs from Northern Illinois to Florida, North/South and Western Missouri to the Carolinas, East West.
I really enjoy teaching the new archaeologists that have an interest in learning. Well enough for now.

Robert D Morgan
AkA Country Bob

Post ID#333 - replied 2/18/2007 4:44 PM


Hello Everyone. I've worked in this field, off and on, now for about 28 years. I've been doing this pretty much exclusively for the past six. I work mostly in the southeast and midwest.

In the mid-1980s, I worked as a Peace Corps archaeologist in Montserrat, a small British Crown Colony in the Caribbean.

My interest includes the First Americans,as well as North American and Caribbean prehistory and history. Outside of work, I enjoy old B-monster movies and movie serials from the 30s, 40s and 50s. My family and I live on a farm in Kentucky and enjoy rural living.

Bob Bell
sometimes known as TornadoBob

Post ID#352 - replied 2/19/2007 12:25 PM


Hi, my name is not Bob. I have worked off and on in CRM since my first data recovery as a volunteer in 1985. I have worked mostly in the Great Basin/SW, with most of that in southern NM (Hey DRat, do I know you?) I, too, have worked on WSMR, back in the early-mid 90s. I currently am a crew chief in South Central UT, waiting for the snow to melt so I can abuse myself doing more seismic surveys.

Howard Smith

Post ID#356 - replied 2/19/2007 1:42 PM


Hey, I'm Jason. Thanks to Jennifer and the elves for doing such a valuable service to the community of digbums. I've been doing CRM since 1999. My BA's from Ohio State, MA's from University of Kentucky. I've worked in TN, KY, PA, OH, IN, NY, VA, WV, MD, MN, SD, ND, WY, MT and did field school in Oregon. I'm into hunter-gatherer studies of North America (specializing in Ohio Valley and Appalachia), lithics, geomorphology, but I love anthropology in general and all the cool stuff you get to learn about in this line of work. Outside of work I'm into mountain biking, photography, primitive skills and tracking.

Post ID#481 - replied 2/24/2007 7:27 PM


Hi, my name's not Bob, either, but I am living in New Mexico, does that count? My name is Margaret, and my BA's from Transylvania University (no, not kidding, and yes, you should have seen our blood drive); got my bioarchaeology MA with Rebecca Storey at University of Houston.

I've been working in Central America for the last decade, mostly in Belize where I lived full-time the last 4 years, but also in Copan, Honduras and even spent a few crazy weeks working on the Miami Circle (yep, the ole Mayan Stonehenge itself). That was the only time I ever worked in the States, and the only time I didn't work on burials! Just postholes, postholes and more postholes.

I guess I'm in hiatus now, not working on a project or even looking for one, just enjoying our mountain views -- even with 3 feet of snow, I'm celebrating the absence of jungle bugs and reacclimating to US life. Been keeping busy with an eBay business, piddling with vintage historical photographs, documents & such. Actually, I've started sharing my collection of antique archaeological photos in the form of art postcards -- looking to scrounge booth space at SAA -- but I posted about that in the Marketplace.

I suppose that's all the news that's fit to print, so, thanks y'all for the Forum!

Post ID#540 - replied 2/26/2007 3:22 PM


Hi I'm (eyesforclovis), a silly name I just made up to get on here. I've been interested in rocks, dirt, fossils, shells since childhood. My grandmother down in OZ used to send me shells she picked up along the Great Barrier Reef area, many, many years ago. So I began to collect shells as a teenager. My father studied Anthro at San Diego State University when it was "San Diego State College". He went on a few digs and I remember a few people, including my dad, got sick...Valley fever or something? My memory is faint about that but it was all very serious & mysterious and being a fan of the original mummy movie, I guess I got hooked early in life. Besides who doesn't have a little archaeology hiding inside of them? My parents had a "rock garden" of real rocks; not the kind you buy at Home Depot...but things they collected over time. I've never studied Arch but have always been fascinated by it. It seems like the more we think we know, the less we really know. There's so much out there that's still sleeping.

Post ID#542 - replied 2/26/2007 5:20 PM


Greetings All!

Im Milo McLeod and I have been a website member since 2002. I first found the site when I was on a one year mobilization as an Army Reservist at MacDill AFB in Tampa Florida. I found it an excellent way to keep connected with the archeological community and meet some pretty intersting folks while on active duty.

I received my undergraduate degree in anthoroplogy from the University of New Mexico and worked as a seasonal archeologist for the NPS at Chaco Canyon and at Anaktuvak Pass Alaska. I also worked as contract archeologist for Prescott College in Prescott AZ. I ended up in Montana working as a seasonal archeologist for the US Forest Service and attended graduate school on the GI Bill at the University of Montana. I am currently the Forest Archeologist for the Lolo National Forest in Missoula MT. My wife (whom I met in grad school) is also a consulting archeologist specializing in evaluating cultural landscapes. My interests are the prehistory of the Northern Rocky Mtns and the American Southwest as well as historical archeology and historic building preservation.

My outside interests are kayaking, canoeing, photography, hunting, fishing and travel (usually visiting archelogical or historic sites). I have a great job and I have enjoyed it from the very begining even during the lean years as a seasonal and as a grad student.

This is a great web site and many thanks to Jennifer for all her hard work in keeping it going.


Missoula MT :)

Post ID#647 - replied 3/2/2007 12:06 PM


Hello to All --

I've been lurking for a few weeks now. I was in the process of joining recently, but then the change over in the site, combined with my mid-terms, kinda held me up a little. I've enjoyed exploring this site; it's really an amazing place for information.

Currently, I am an Junior standing Anthro Major at Wayne State University -- Detroit, MI. I went back to school after working in the educational facilities management (video production lab, theater) for 11 years. I enjoy it mostly due to the time it gives me to spend with my two great kids (both boys, 7 and 3.5). After my undergrad, I will be going to Graduate School and work toward either my Archival Administration Graduate Certificate, or a Masters in Library Information Sciences. My University just announced a new joint Masters degree program that has caught my eye: Masters in LIS and History. The long term goal is to work with artifacts, either Collections Management, Registar, etc.

This semester, I have enrolled in the schools Intro to Archaeology class. I had an intro class before in junior college, but this one is much more intense, IMHO. My head is still spinning from the mid-term this past Tuesday. I've always had an interest in Archaeology my whole life (not the Indiana Jones type stuff -- blech!) and both boys seem to have caught "the bug" as well.

Looking forward to all of the great contributions; perhaps I'll even be able to chip in a few cents along the way.

Post ID#659 - replied 3/2/2007 6:12 PM


(not the Indiana Jones type stuff -- blech!)

Ah, come on...

"Indy, why does the floor move?"

"Snakes!, why does it always have to be snakes?"

"Asps!, Very dangerous. You go first."

That's some of the greatest stuff in the world. Whats not to like about that? :lol:

Post ID#663 - replied 3/2/2007 9:29 PM


I'm a big fan of the film; it's just a hard thing to over come when discussing my studies with someone new. Some seem to think as though I will be receiving a fidora, whip and a soft leather brief case upon completion of my archaeology class. lol.

Post ID#1028 - replied 3/14/2007 8:14 PM


I've been lurking here for years. It's nice to see an upgrade to my favorite archaeological website (I've even got the t-shirt!).
My name is Ziggy (yet another Not Bob) and I'm an archaeologist living and working in eastern New Mexico. I'll be graduating with my MA in May, '07 and immersing myself in the much-maligned field of CRM. I've been working out at the Clovis Site the last few years, and loving it...and from reading these intro's I think that the members in New Mexico need to get together for a meet 'n greet!
I, too, specialize in not specializing, but I have a strong interet in public outreach, and working on starting a local avocational society, and would love to hear from others interested in working with the public.

Post ID#1245 - replied 3/26/2007 10:46 AM


Like many who've posted here, I've been lurking for years but have decided to become more involved, so introductions seem proper. Firstly, my username (sesuadra) is from a fictional book which translates to "Stone of Farewell" which I always thought would be a really cool name for a projectile point type. Anyway, I got my undergraduate degree from a small college in NY, Elmira College (not a good idea), went on to earn a MS degree from Purdue University in Indiana (better idea). My focus at the time was skeletal pathologies. I've worked in the world of CRM since 1993, with a few years worked in other fields, but returned quickly to my 1st love. I've worked for several CRM companies with projects in NY, IN, IA, AL, GA, and TN. My current favorite projects are historic cemetery removals, but these projects are few & far between. Beyond the cemetery work, I like historic archaeology mainly because of all the potential documentation available, e.g. census info, deeds, probate court records, etc. I like being able to "flesh out" historic sites to be able to create a more holistic picture of people & activities associated with a site.

I love what I do, and can't conceive of doing anything else.

Post ID#3310 - replied 9/3/2007 2:08 PM


Very nice site Jen. Best of luck and Godspeed!

Post ID#4060 - replied 10/14/2007 9:14 PM


Hello everyone I'm new to the board and thought I would say hello. I'm a returning student, having spent the last 6 years working tech I got tired of it and decided it was time to go back to school. I'm going to be going to school at Eastern Oregon University to work on degrees in both Biology and Anthropology. A couple years ago I received my certification as a conservation detection dog handler, so for now at least that is my main focus. However I have always had a passion for Archaeology and history. I was happy to see that the community college out here (that works with EOU) offers a anthropology degree. I'll also more than likely do field school here in Oregon or Idaho.

Right now I'm adjusting to living in a small town from moving from Portland. However there is the benefit I'm a stones throw from the fossil beds. Anyone that has any suggestions for me in how to pursue working in an archaeology field or anything I would be very appreciative.

Post ID#6311 - replied 3/18/2008 10:17 PM


Hi! I'm Jessica. I just completed my MA in Historical Archaeology at Bristol University and I'm now I'm back home (Southern California) trying to break into the field (yuk, yuk). I did my BA in History and Anthro at Long Beach State. I am primarily interested in Historical Archaeology over Prehistoric...but I have my moments of excitement over the prehistoric. I have a particular interest in foodways and also in what I like to call 'tracing the steps of whitey' - basically European Imperialism and the Imperialism of those with European heritage. I've been checking this site for ages tracking the employment opportunities, but now it's time to get chummy with y'all.
Cheers! 8-)

Post ID#6939 - replied 4/17/2008 3:26 AM

Inner Prop

I was just taking up space in college when I switched to Anthropology. Literally.

I started college as an Astronomy major. That lasted exactly one semester because after that it's all math (and I thought it was just looking at stars and stuff). I sat down and took stock of myself and my interests.

I'm an Eagle Scout, I like to write, I've always admired Native American customs, I REALLY wanted to be a scientist and I didn't want to do a lot of math. I realized that most of the Boy Scout "Indian" stuff was innacurate so I decided that I could be the voice of knowledge on that subject and I switched to Anthropology.

Unfourtunately for my fieldwork carreer I was in the Illinois Army National Guard at the time (paid a full scholarship at the University of Illinois so I can't complain too much) and I could not take any classes with fieldwork because they always conflicted with my drills.

In my senoir year they told me that I had to declare a minor. I had no idea so I asked what subject I had the second most classes in. They told me History, so I have a minor in History.

I really enjoyed the classes I had on surveying and on site analysis (we went through bags of debris from Chokia Mounds) but I never got to go "Out."

I started dating my wife in college. She was born in Greece and I had dreams of studying underwater Archaeology in the Greek isles with a great tan and a big watch.

As our lives moved along I calculated that I could not afford to marry her and start a family while I was still young AND continue on to grad school.

I opted for family with a promise that when we retired I would go back to school and get my doctorate in Anthropology (hopefully more specifically in Maritime Archaeology).

I started out for the BSA as a District Executive. Just before our first child was born I had to change jobs because we committed ourselves to ZERO childcare. I started working in production and have been doing that since 1994.

I am currently a production supervisor and starting to worry that if I don't start actively sticking my hand into Archaeology, my promised continued education will be forgotten in our effort to help our children through college and early parenthood.

I just retired from the National Guard (as a Major, with deployements to Afghanistan, Hurican Katrina Relief, Mississippi Flood Relief and a Chicago Bulls Championship) and if I don't fill my time then it will be filled for me.

I am also interested in writing fiction (SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror and Comedy), Rugby, swimming, Scouts, Music (played sax and bassoon in HS, trying to learn harmonica now), and blogging.

I am very busy helping the families of my former unit because they were recently deployed to Iraq. I am their Family Readiness Group Leader.

I am interested in starting with fieldwork, classes and even after-dig work (sorting through stuff) but I can't really travel. Afte I get my feet wet I may be better able to convince my family that such a thing might make a fun family vacation.

I look forward to being here.

EDIT: whoops I didn't intend for my avatar to be so big. I'll try to fix that soon.

Post ID#7067 - replied 4/24/2008 3:01 PM


Welcome Innet Prop!

So did you marry a good Greek girl or just a good girl born in Greece?

If it's a Greek girl then Kalos irthes stin oikoyeneiaki ethnikotita mas! (Welcome to our ethnic family!)

Post ID#7076 - replied 4/25/2008 5:02 AM

Inner Prop


To be honest I've been trying to learn Greek since we met in '89 and I just can't get it.

I've used audiotapes and Rosetta Stone (currently my CD was sat on and I'm sending back for a new one). Rosetta Stone has been the biggest help.

Yeneka mou is not helpful at all. She has no patience and just (subconsciously) refuses to understand anything I say unless it is exactly right (a level of perfection I am not even capable of perceiving).

What I'd really like is a class I can take, you know, one with a teacher and desks and everything.

I took a "Greek class" at our church once, but it was more like a culture class than a language class.

Oh, and happy Good Friday!

Post ID#7178 - replied 5/1/2008 3:00 PM


Hi, I'm Ishtar.

I do a lot of research into the history of religion, I'm a shamanic practitioner and I'm very interested in ancient rock art.

Post ID#7181 - replied 5/1/2008 3:24 PM


Im a layman with an ability to find and discover.......currently saving lithics et al from wave erosion and discovering/curating pleistocene horse remains from the shore and surrounding areas of Lake Erie, nr Nanticoke, ON, Canada
I have always been interested in archaeology and pre-history. In fact I am often influenced by it and incorporate elements into my music and experimental short films.......I welcome all forum members to listen/view my stuff when they have time........comments always welcomed and appreciated

Post ID#7819 - replied 5/21/2008 12:39 AM


I am currently an undergraduate student at Oregon State University. I'm graduating this summer, then working for a year, then going off to grad school.

My broad interest areas are archaeology and bioarchaeology. I am planning on going to grad school for bioarchaeology. Outside of archaeology, I am interested in medical and nutritional anthropology.

As of now, I'm interested in doing any and all archeaology. My main goal is to learn and experience all I can, so that I can create some idea of what I want to focus on in the future.

I have only been on one dig thus far, a field school in the Salmon River Canyon in Idaho. It was a great experience and I cannot wait to get more involved in archaeology.

Post ID#10676 - replied 8/13/2008 12:24 AM


I have a BA in Anthro and have been working as a Arch Tech for 2 seasons at the USFS and just finished a field school this summer. Maya archaeology interests me the most, but as real life sometimes intrudes in things I'm forced to stay in the Western US to pay my bills, lol.


Post ID#11024 - replied 9/16/2008 1:32 AM


My name is Jon, I have been visiting the website regularly and minimally particiating in it through employment contacts and CV/Reume postings for a little over a year now. I currently work for the State of California (So. Cal.) as an Archaeologist conducting government oversight and ensuring statutory compliance for my department. The work I do may not be what most non-professionals think archaeolgy is, yet more often than not the reality (non-academic). I have been enjoying the discussion forum threads and anticipate participating more as time permits.



Post ID#11036 - replied 9/16/2008 1:57 PM


Great avatar pic Jon.

Post ID#11043 - replied 9/16/2008 5:35 PM


I don't think I have ever posted in here so here goes:

I work as a project archeologist and project manager for an environmental firm here in Texas. I used to do a lot of highway work, but manage to work on all sorts of things these days. I have been with this firm for about 6 years now and another firm the 3 years before that. Before that I did some shovel bumming around the country and had a lot of fun. My main interests are in geoarcheology and prehistory of North America. Looking to get back to school soon as well. I have been lurking around these boards for a while and try to post every now and then.

Post ID#11299 - replied 10/6/2008 3:22 PM


My names Dan, beeqn doing archeology for about 2 years now after finishing my BS from Souther Oregon University in...2007, so yeah been out about 2 seasons now.

Worked in parts of Montana for a bit but most of my experience is in Utah and Wyoming. Worked mostly in Sheridan area.'

Right now i'm finishing up a season for Zion NP, which has bene a good experience...still a little too hot though.

Raised in Missoula, MT and am opping to go back to graduate school this next with an intrest in something, still narrowing down ideas but its looking like evolutinary stuff, and eventually get a PhD to teach the up and coming archs how to properly use a whip in field school.

Want to end up somewhere a little cooler, have some intrest in working in areas of mountains and things like that.

Well thats me in a nutsheel, enjoy.

Post ID#11794 - replied 11/14/2008 2:15 PM


Hi, my name is marty and I am a pilot with a lot of time on my hands. I recently moved to Lake county, Ca about 15 miles from the Borax Lake site. I started finding obsidian all around and finally, I'm guessing a spear point. ( I'll get a picture posted soon ). My curiosoty was sparked and I found my way here.

As a kid I saw a tv show about a guy who called him self an archaeologist and searched for old plane crashes and I thought that was amazing. I have also always loved exploring old military sites and examining the different technologies that have evolved over the years.

Post ID#12116 - replied 12/15/2008 3:15 PM


Hello! My name is Dinka (okay, that's REALLY my "internet handle").

Anthropology and archaeology are my passions; I've always known this, but - for some really dumb reason - I ended up majoring in English in college (I am a UC Berkeley grad) and then jumped into a career in the entertainment industry. Basically, it's what my dad did and he expected me to get into the same job. Nuts!

So, on my free time (2 weeks out of every year) I travel wherever I can to study different approaches to ecotourism and environmental sustainability, particularly as they pertain to archaeological sites. This January, I'll be traveling to Machu Picchu and other select Incan sites in Peru! I've also been to Belize, Australia, New Zealand, England, and I aim to travel to Thailand next. My short-term goal is to meet as many people and learn as much as I can about these issues, applying them to my long-term goal of creating an educational center for middle school and high school students, teaching them about local environments and why it's important to protect them.

I can't wait to really start a dialogue with some of you and hear about your experiences! I expect that - due to financial constraints (also, I will be starting a family soon! :D ) - I probably will not be able to return to school to study what I really want to do...but I will make every effort to enhance my personal education with these issues, best as I can!

Post ID#13581 - replied 3/30/2009 10:34 PM


I'm Tim Rast. I'm an archaeologist living and working in Canada. I have a B.Sc. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (1996) and an M.A. in Anthropology (focus on Archaeology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1999). I have zero desire to go back for a Ph.D. I've done fieldwork in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 1997 I started a small business called Elfshot, to provide artifact reproductions to museums and Universities as well as flintknapped jewelry to the public. I specialize in Arctic and Subarctic reproductions - especially Palaeoeskimo. Elfshot keeps me out of the field more than I'd like, but if an appealing project comes up, I can't stay away from. Last summer I worked on a CRM Project on Baffin Island in Nunavut and as a resource archaeologist on a two week high arctic cruise.

Post ID#13584 - replied 3/31/2009 6:29 AM


oops, i've been posting without introducing myself. My name's Helena, im 34 and im from Spain. Im archaeologist since 2003. I got my degree in U.A.M. (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) . Im specialist in Iberian archaeoloy, but i study also the Bronze Age in Mediterranean....but love all history and archaeology branch in general :D

Post ID#13827 - replied 4/16/2009 11:31 AM


Good to have more international Archaeologist in the forum. It allows for a different and perspective on the issues and the field which will allow for improved archaeology overall!

So with the Bronze age on the Iberian peninsula do you know of any similarities with the Greek Bronze Age? Burial customs, Mycenaean trade goods, etc?

Post ID#15443 - replied 9/17/2009 3:36 PM

Chiclayo gringo

Hi, my name is Tom. I’m a retired IT manager who doesn’t know beans about the archeology profession but have always had a passion (my wife would say obsession) for cultural history (that’s not exactly what I want to say but don’t know how else to phrase it). Last year I moved to Chiclayo Peru – an area rich in archeological sites including the tomb of Senior Sipan, which I am told was the second richest find ever in terms of gold. There are literally dozens of adobe pyramids within 30 minutes of my home, as well as large city ruins built at the base of the mountains. Peru does not have the money to preserve or protect these sites so they have been and are now constantly being looted and allowed to degrade. My wife and I enjoy walking through the ruins, both enjoying the scenery and picking up pieces of broken pottery. At most of these sites it is nearly impossible to put a foot down without stepping on something made thousands of years ago.

The reason I registered on this forum is the hope that someone may be familiar with archeology in northern Peru and can help me to understand and better appreciate what I’m seeing, and perhaps suggest what more I could be looking for. Any comments would be appreciated.


Post ID#15893 - replied 10/30/2009 4:04 PM


My name is Tony
I'm Looking for better Academic/Collector relations. Is this possible in this day and age? Things have gone down hill in the last 50 yrs and many walls have been built between them. In my opinion this is not in archaeology's best interest at all and I would hope that this can be reversed as many important artifacts and information continue to be lost and pushed underground because of this relationship and the present laws need to be improved. WE all must remember it is NOT illegal to buy and sell legally obtained artifacts throughout North America and the world. This will NOT be changed or stopped anytime soon if ever. I am doing what I can to salvage early collections and the info they provide because someone has too! Why can't we all work together? Most of the pioneer archaeologists were collectors first correct? Its time we looked at this history and stop the walls from getting any bigger. Collectors are not Bad people. I have yet to meet a bad collector but as with anything there are bad eggs in every case and we must stop painting everyone with the same brush............

Info about me:

I purchase old time collections that were legally obtained. All come with notarized documentation as to were and when they were found. I DO NOT BUY RECENTLY OBTAINED ARTIFACTS AND DO NOT PROMOTE ILLEGAL ARTIFACT COLLECTING OF ANY KIND. My goal is to digitally document and record as many of these private old-timers north-western collections as I can before they are sold to collectors and artifact dealers. I create a photo book and CD for each collection, recording all of the artifacts together to preserve this information before they get broken up and sold to collectors worldwide. I generally no longer sell any BC Items as the paperwork for those items to be exported make it difficult. I have supplied many schools and institutions with material and information as well. Hope this helps shed a bit of light in what I do. Feel free to contact me if you want more info. Love to hear back from you, Tony Hardie Delta, BC Canada 8-)

Post ID#16754 - replied 1/5/2010 9:29 PM


My name is Steve. I am a ranch broker in Montana and travel extensively through MT, ID, and WY. I see and find quite a few artifacts in my travels. Trying to identify a tool that I found in Eastern Montana.

Post ID#16914 - replied 1/12/2010 9:59 PM


Greetings to all! My name is Charlie and I have been doing CRM in the midwest off and on from 2004. Most of my work has been done in IL and IN, though I have done some work in MN and ND. I am always interested in learning new stuff, and am very grateful to Tornado Bob for all of the information I have gleaned from him over the period of time I worked with him, as well as so many other people that I have learned things from. I find that respecting those who know what they are doing and have done it for a while leads to a lot of information! I have my BA, double major in History and Archaeology from the University of Evansville (IN), and even though the program is based on classical archaeology, I really enjoy doing any archaeology. I would love to get a job with the forest service or park service for a while, but that's just something I have to keep trying for I guess. At any rate, there is my introduction.

Post ID#16926 - replied 1/13/2010 11:14 AM

Inner Prop

[quote:="cjpeliska"]Greetings to all! My name is Charlie and I have been doing CRM in the midwest off and on from 2004. Most of my work has been done in IL and IN,
I'm in Mundelein in Lake County Illinois. I have a BA in Anthropology and was never able to make a dig while in school. Is there anything you know of around my neck of the woods?

Also, I'm working with the Boy Scouts and want to counsel Archaeology Merit Badge. Do you know what resources are available around me, if there are any digs that boys could participate in, and mock digs or support for mock digs?


Post ID#18754 - replied 5/23/2011 4:36 AM

Jennifer Palmer

Reviving this old thread and putting as a sticky to the top of the forum. I'd love to hear from everyone "new" to the site.

Post ID#18761 - replied 6/1/2011 2:25 PM


Thank you, Jennifer and the other moderators, for maintaining the site.  I joined earlier this spring.

Hello, all.  My name is Trey.  I'm a doctoral candidate with a biological (bioarchaeology) focus at the University of Arkansas.  My fieldwork has been in the US (Southeast and Plains), northwest Mexico, and Near East (Jordan and Syria).  While finishing my dissertation, I currently live in Oregon and am trying to expand my fieldwork to the Northwest and Great Basin---and gain more strictly archaeological (sans the burials) fieldwork, in general.  My current research interests are paleodemography and paleoepidemiology, human population ecology, forager-agricultural transition, and GIS applications.  My wife and I see ourselves staying in Oregon---or at least the West Coast---so I'm currently looking for full-time work (CRM, teaching...) in the area.  Thanks.

Post ID#18762 - replied 6/2/2011 10:47 AM


Howdy folks - when I'm not typing something in the digital world, my name is Greg. "Hey you" also works well.

I came out of a Southern California archaeological technician certificate program back in the early '90's, and field school was on San Nicolas Island. I went right into local CRM, and gradually moved to Mojave Desert work. CRM was my job from, hmmm...about '91 to '96. Worked for San Diego area CRM firms and individuals, Brian F. Mooney, Gallegos and Associates, ASM Affiliates, Archaeological Advisory Group, Brian Smith, Steve Crouthamel, Chambers Group, and pretty much whoever was around back then. I'm slooowly making my way towards a MA at Leicester, and my focus is going towards Military/Conflict Archaeology, but I'm interested in lithics sourcing, and everything else, as usual. I just reconnected with some folks I used to work with, and I'm always up for hearing from old co-workers. Young ones too, for that matter.

I'm in lousy digging shape right now, but I'll hopefully be getting back into CRM soon, while I'm pursuing the MA.

Post ID#18802 - replied 6/18/2011 8:06 AM


I am non-professional, but a lifetime student of archaeology and anthropology.

Post ID#18820 - replied 6/29/2011 10:50 AM


Greetings, fellow humans.  My name is Jillian and I currently hail from just outside of Dallas.  I just finished my BA in Anthropology from the University of North Texas, and I'll be starting a MA in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool in September, which I'm terrified and excited about all at the same time.  My interests run the gamut of Classical, Egyptian, human migration, osteology and paleopathology, and Roman Britain.  My non archaeology interests are just as varied, and I really don't know what I specifically want to do when I'm done with my degree.  I guess I'll have the time finishing my MA to figure that out.

Post ID#18968 - replied 8/31/2011 7:02 PM


Hello all.  My name is Allen and I hope you will accept a humble "outsider" with a few questions.  By day I do media/graphic design/printing and by night I do freelance Fight Choreography, Screenwriting, and other film work as well as martial arts training.  My emphasis lies in historical European combatives...basically anything from about the 8th century through the 18th.  

I have recently been hired to write a film script for an independent film company and I needed a little bit of info on the archeological scene.  First off...

When on a dig, what types of people are needed?  Are there different tasks?  What skill sets are usually required for being at a dig site?

The other question has to do with technology...I thought I remembered reading somewhere that Carbon-14 dating was, well...out of date.  What is the current method for dating perhaps a sword blade?

Thank you for your patience and I look forward to learning from you all.

Post ID#18974 - replied 9/4/2011 7:59 PM


Hi, everyone.  My name is Eden.  I'm currently finishing up my Master's Thesis in Archaeology at the University of Tulsa, where I've had the incredible luck to work with Drs. George Odell, Donald Henry, and Michael Whalen.  I'm originally from the Seattle area but moved here to go to school and have now been here 8 years!

I originally came to this site looking at job postings and am hoping that I will find something soon that will mean I don't have to move, since I love where I live right now.  In my free time (ha!) I have a blog about women in history ( that I try to include archaeological info in, and run a non-archaeology-related business with my husband.

Post ID#18975 - replied 9/4/2011 8:11 PM


Reelswords, to answer your first and third question, it depends on the dig, and how the dig was organized.  You might have to be a bit more specific; a dig might have every type of person from volunteers to professors, from dig virgins to dig veterans.

Yes, there are many different tasks.  I'll have to let someone with more time and experience than me respond because the only answer I can come up with right now would take a long time!

Carbon dating is not out of date.  It is still used for a large number of dating issues.  But it has it's limits (can't date very well past ~50,000 years ago or within the last 200-300 years, for instance) and there are a lot of other ways to date things.  In order for something to be carbon dated, it needs to have carbon in it, which I am guessing sword blades don't... but if the hilt, for example, can be shown to be original and is made out of some material like leather or bone (which have carbon in them), the hilt could be, which would then tell you how old the blade might be. 

Hope that helps. :)

Post ID#18978 - replied 9/5/2011 6:36 AM


Thank you Eden!  I guess I just don't know enough about it to fill in the gaps yet.  I'll keep doing research. :)   

Actually the medieval forging process of sword included smelting the iron ore with something like coal specifically because the weapon needs the carbon element in order to be functional.  The hard part is finding the balance.  Too little carbon in the blade and it becomes brittle.  Too much carbon and it is too soft and will bend and not hold an edge for long.  So say the weapon is about 700 years old, what would be a modern method of confirming that it is real and not a fake?  Thanks again!

Post ID#18993 - replied 9/7/2011 7:49 AM


I hope you are not worried that you have not recieved much response to your questions - I am sure you can get a lot of help here - you just posted your questions in the wrong place.  Next time you are on - create a new thread where you can ask the questions you seek answers to - not under the "Introductions" discussion and I am sure you will get plenty of response.  As someone at the tail end of a 30 year career in the field, I will give you a start here.

  who is on a crew - depends greatly on:  1) the goal of the excavation (initial survey to find sites, evaluation level, full excavation/detailed research? etc.

2) what is the source of your funding - and how good is it - minimal - you look for folks that are generalists and have several talents; well funded - you can look to have specific researchers for various tasks.  Academic - mostly students, Private research - varies - Contract archaeology - depends.....etc.  so no easy answer for you. 

3) In general - a) a project director/head archaeologist - the person with the overall vision of what the goal is and how to get there; b) Crew chief - has a good grasp of what needs to be accomplished and works to insure  that crew is working on specific tasks; c) Crew - field techs that do most of the heavy lifting;  d) cartographer - somebody needs to know how to survey and make maps - could be any of the above or a specific person (as can all the "jobs" to follow);  e) logistic support - who keeps the supplies up to date and food on the table; f) photographer; g) artist - folks that draw plans and profiles (usually crew) and on some digs, record major items in drawing,  - Additionally, depending on the type of work being done and funding available- remote sensing folks (radar, magentometer, resistance, laser scanning, etc.) .    As Massoment identified - it is highly variable.

Radiocarbon dating is still the main approach used (don't let the just graduated student's "new" knowledge fool you =).  It is a tried and true method accepted by most - though we have learened about atmospheric fluctuations and other issues - but they can often be compensated for and should be reported on along with any dates derived.  As mentioned perviously - it does have age limitations - due to ion decay (half life every 5730 years) typically not useful for more than 50K years - too little carbon decay left to count.  Once you get to 100K Potassium-Argon (K-Ar) is a good tool - if you have the right setting.  K-AR decay is much slower (and therefore not too accurate for less than 100K) but it is not a direct dating method as C14 is (the artifact itself) rather K-Ar requires geologica layers of voclanic material which surround your deposit.  A great tool for looking at early man sites in East Africa where things are old, and volcanoes abundant.  Other dating methods include seriation (examining stylistic change - not an absolute method) thermonluminescence (measure radiant energy stored in crystaline structures) and paleomangetic (based on wandering of magnetic poles). . .  and others that would take an entire class to explain.

I am not sure if any method will work on metal blades - but others on the site might be able to answer that question for you.  As far as I know, dating for such items is usually done based on material, technology and style.

Good Luck

Post ID#19003 - replied 9/12/2011 3:04 PM


Hi guys!  My name is Julia Prince.  I graduated last year from UC San Diego with a BA in Archaeology and minor in History and since then have been working for both CRM and the US Forest Service in California.  I have had a strong interest in going for an MA in bioarchaeology since my first field school, but as things have happened I haven't had much opportunity to get experience in that realm since that initial exposure.  I've been searching for ways to get the experience I am lacking, hence I stumbled upon this website.  I'm here to look around, search for jobs/ potential experience opportunities, and learn what I can from the good ol' archaeological community.  So, cheers!

Post ID#19047 - replied 9/23/2011 8:54 PM


Hey All!
    My name is Dave, I am a long time lover of archeological research and learning. I am currently living in Hollywood CA, and studying at the Los Angeles Film School. I plan on producing documentaries revolving around topics of ancient history. I would love to make connections with people working in the field to interview and possibly document excavations through photography and videography.

Please contact me if you believe we can benefit from working together, Thank You.

Post ID#19214 - replied 12/16/2011 2:19 PM

Inner Prop

Hi, I posted here in the old format, but I can't remember what I said or what questions I asked.

I have a BA in Anthropology from Illinois (Urbana Champaign) from '90.  I had made a deal with my wife that I would marry her first and go back to school when we retire.  Now it looks like retirement is a word you will have to look up in history books. 

I'm trying to see how I can get involved, but I really don't see how.  There are really no digs nearby (Lake County Illinois) and I can't take very much time off work.  I try to keep up with my reading, but I don't know how I could get involved in any digs. 

In a similar vein I'm intensely curious as to how anyone who is not a) retired, b) fresh out of school or c) unemployed can take the time it takes to go to a field school.  I mean, I don't know how I would ever find time to just go out and volunteer for a week at a time, let alone a 6 or 8 week field school.  How do you do it?

Post ID#19279 - replied 2/2/2012 6:18 PM

Jonathan Crise

Hello all,

My name is Jonathan Crise and I've been lurking on the site for probably about a year now.  I'm pursuing my BA in Anthropology/Archaeology from California University of Pennsylvania and looking to graduate this May.  I'm an active member of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Mon-Yough Chapter #3 and volunteer in the field and lab whenever the opportunity arises.  I've also worked on a couple Phase I CRM surveys.  Particularly interested in North American prehistory (Eastern Woodlands) and lithic technologies.  I'm looking forward to getting out in the real world soon and also participating more on this site.

Post ID#19307 - replied 2/13/2012 11:20 AM


Why not?

I'm Mark, and I'm currently working as an archaeological field director at a historic property in Virginia.  I've mostly lurked on the site or passively seen the various jobs pass through my Facebook stream or, now, Google+.  (Thanks to Jennifer for shifting over to G+ since I have long-since quite from Facebook.)

My education is from the UK, with a BSc. in Archaeology, an MSc. in Human Osteoarchaeology/Palaeopathology, and a Ph.D. in history/palaeopathology/archaeometry.

I've spent a bit of time on the archaeology circuit in the UK, but much of my time has been spent in historical archaeology States-side, as well as working on various projects in Ireland, Italy, and Borneo.  My time is now spent 25% in the office writing up the archaeological projects of the field season, and the field season providing the other 75% of the time.  Therein I run and otherwise direct an archaeological field school (well, two now) and 12-or-so adult and young-adult education programs (week-long programs).

If I ever get my way, I would love to add a third field school, though this one concentrating in biological anthropology.  Maybe next year. 

When the university year begins, I also spend some of my time putting pillows under the heads of the next generation of archaeologists/anthropologists as part-time faculty at a local university.

My interests generally revolve around human remains and the study of migration, diet, and health, but also delve into forensic anthropology and archaeology, historical archaeology, landscape archaeology, and military archaeology.  I'm also generally interested in prehistory, most particularly archaeoastronomy, but the current focus through work is in historical archaeology so, well, you go where the pay cheque takes you!  Generally, though, regardless of period if there's a body there I'm generally going to be interested in ascertaining how it got there, who it was, what kind of life they had, where they came from etc.

Oh, I'm also a tiny bit of a nerd, so am developing interests in the field of digital heritage, e.g., 3D CGI interpretations of historic landscapes and structures, use in museum interpretations, and so forth.  GIS merged with CGI interpretations?  Yes, I think so...

P.S. Carbon dating of iron objects can and has been done.  You can find a great deal of information just Googling "radiocarbon dating iron," and if you want a bit of cinematic history you can always pull out a copy of the Lambert/Connery film, Highlander, where if I recall correctly they radiocarbon date one of the swords.

Post ID#19318 - replied 2/17/2012 3:23 PM

Donovan De Lucy


Wow, so many seasoned veterans on this site. My name is Donovan, and I am just a humble student at the moment, at a local community college in upstate NY. I have been interested in Archaeology since I was a toddler. I am working on my associated degree in Humanities and Social Science, and then hope to transfer to the State University of New York, either at Oswego or Potsdam for a B.A. in Anthropology or Archaeology.

I came to this website to find out how I could gain some valuable experience. I am taking an Intro to anthropology class, and will be in a four day field school. However, I am itching for some real experience. Does anyone have any advice for me?

Thank you,


Post ID#19319 - replied 2/17/2012 3:25 PM

Donovan De Lucy

*That would be associates. Sorry for the typos. I just got a tiny netbook, and I'm still working out the kinks of the tiny keyboard.

Post ID#19516 - replied 4/5/2012 3:54 AM


I'm Danielle, aka Liz. I'm interested in archeology, have been since I was a young child. I'm going to start college soon and hope to go to a decent one with a good program for archeology. What I've figured out so far is I should focus on Anthropology and minor in archeology. Any advice, would be awesome, I'm new at this so I don't have any awesome field work to speak of. I hope to be able to have field work in the future though. Once I finish my enlistment, I plan on going to a community college for a year, and then transferring. Thanks for your time. 

Post ID#19528 - replied 4/14/2012 9:30 AM


Hi. My name is Liz. I currently reside in Oregon, but I am looking to move to either Nevada or Utah to have a "home base" as I start getting into field work. I recently applied to graduate school and learned that not all Anthropology degrees are the same. I earned a BA in SoAn (sociology/anthropology) from Lewis and Clark College, a small liberal arts school in Oregon. It gave me the opportunity to broaden my perspective and hone my writing and critical thinking skills, however did little in assisting towards my goal of becoming an archaeologist.  I am looking into taking a few classes at either the University Nevada Reno or the University of Utah and gaining experience in the field. As interests go, regionally I would like to work in Canada, the Pacific Northwest or the Great Basin. I have a long held interest in migration from Asia to North America. Also, a long time interest/love for Chaco Canyon and the four corners area. My interest in history, also, pulls me towards historical archaeology. However, I am not picky at all and would love to get into any kind of field work.

Post ID#19567 - replied 5/10/2012 8:16 PM


Hi, as you all can see, my name is Stacey Stiles. I am a Navy veteran who just graduated five days ago from the University of Florida with a BA in Anthropology and History. My archaeological experience thus far is limited to tourist sites, course work, and a field school/internship in Ireland. Right now I am taking a year off from school to work (I am very much in need of employment), study for the GRE, and apply to grad school since I only recently made a decision on what kind of archaeology I want to study. I am interested in military archaeology, so if any one knows of school with this kind of program, please let me know.

Post ID#19616 - replied 6/3/2012 8:37 AM


Hi everyone! A newbie here in the forum as well as in archaeology. My name is Angel. I'm from the Philippines. I'm a community architect who works for a non-profit organization in my country. I'm into historic preservation and archaeology which is why I took up archaeology for my graduate studies. I finished my graduate diploma and considering finishing my MA abroad but I want to focus more on the conservation side. I just came back from archaeological fieldwork after volunteering for a month. I'm looking forward to learning from other people here and getting insights from the more experienced archaeologists here.

Post ID#19806 - replied 10/18/2012 2:55 AM


Hi! My name is Iain, I'm a consultant Archaeologist who works predominantly in the north-west of Australia conducting heritage surveys. My real passion however is maritime archaeology and I'm currently considering going back to Universtiy in late 2013 to study further in this area. I've only just discovered this site, so I'm quite interested to see what I can find here! Also after over a year of terrestrial archaeology I'm itching to get my feet wet again so if anyone knows of maritime fieldwork opportunities in 2013 please let me know! :)

Post ID#19814 - replied 10/19/2012 5:42 PM


Hello all,
My name is Brandy and I just graduated with my MA but am searching for fieldwork, either paid or unpaid to gain experience in the field.  It would appear that finding fall/winter fieldwork in the US is tougher than I had thought it would be, but I am hoping for some pointers from the helpful community here. 

I am grateful the site is here for us and want to give props to those maintaining it.  Thanks!

Post ID#19818 - replied 10/21/2012 3:36 PM


Hi I am new to the forum. Stopping by to introduce myself and to say thanks to the moderators for hosting this forum.

I would appreciate any help on this item of interest. It was found on the beach in lower Delaware.
As I am not yet part of a flickr group I uploaded some pics of my item here

Anyway...C ya'll around?

I also posted more stuff in the artifact forum and I am trying to work on a profile but for some reason there is an error with the page.... no biggy.

AKA Beach_Brat

Post ID#19841 - replied 10/29/2012 5:34 PM


Good day,

I have recently retired from thirty years in manufacturing. I have no letters after my name in the field of archaeology. However, I have a deep love of history and artifacts. I am a highly talented designer with an abundance of 2-D and 3-D modeling experience. Plus a lot of common sense and applied logic. Logic rules.

What I would like to do now is be the guy who takes a decomposed piece of timber and turns it into a plausible 3-D model which shows how it was when it was in use. Perhaps the entire hull of a ship. Maybe reconstruct in detail something along the lines of a Queen Anne's Revenge. Say, gather from other historical documents and more experienced, learned colleagues and produce a rendering of the object under study.

I'm tired of production schedules, margins, time constraints and so on. All I need is to make a little money to supplement my retirement income. And do something I want to do.

I had a dream to be a designer when I was young and became one. I now have a dream to be a historical 3-D modeler. I would appreciate any advice on how to achieve this goal.

Best regards,


Post ID#20192 - replied 5/21/2013 2:16 PM


Hi all.  My name is Tony.  I first came to this website back in the late Spring and early Summer of 2011.  I now see that I failed then to introduce myself, so I am correcting that now.  I have not looked around in here since late October of that year, if my memory serves me right.  Good to be back.  :)

Ever since I was in middle school/7th grade (1976) I have been interested in archaeology, history, languages, science, and mythology.  Since before that, in 6th grade, I have always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt.
More recently my interests have expanded to other Middle Eastern cultures such as the Sumerians and Canaanites.

I received my Associate in Arts in Anthropology in 1984.  Have not really done anything with it as I had to find jobs in my hometown that centered around public service (fast food joints and grocery stores) and manufacturing, the manufacturing one I have worked in for the past 14 years.  I am 49 years old.

In June of 2012 I took an introductory course in archaeology from the University of Leicester, distance learning, and passed; this June I am taking another course in archaeology, sponsored by Brown University, online for free, taught by Professor Sue Alcock.  It is styled as the "first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled "Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets."

Earlier this month my right knee gave out at work and my doctor diagnosed me with osteoarthritis.  So now I am at home from work hoping to get on short-term disability for the next three months, and now I want to more actively pursue my interest in a career in archaeology.

I am a big fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and his Middle Earth.  My handle, Ngoldwe, is Archaic Quenya for "Wise Man" to reflect my personality trait of learning as much knowledge that I can soak in.

Post ID#20234 - replied 7/4/2013 4:51 PM


Hello everyone,

My name is Brian MacHardy and I have been working in archaeology/CRM for about the past 8 years on and off. I obtained my BA in anthropology from Arizona State University in 2003 and just this summer I will be graduating from the University of North Dakota with a graduate certificate in GIS. I recently did a GIS internship for a local CRM company here in Tucson where I wrote a paper examining the different stratigraphic layers of a site located at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ. As for my previous work experience, I have worked for 12 different companies in 8 different states doing survey, testing, data recovery, monitoring, and laboratory processing/data entry. Looking back over this time, I have to say that the monitoring positions seem to have lasted the longest and paid the most. However, I also enjoyed survey and excavation.

One of the things that has been mentioned on these discussion boards is the online MA program at the University of Leicester. I may be interested in this program as staying steadily employed is my top priority. As for my preferred area to work, I currently live in Tucson, AZ and I have been interested in Hohokam archaeology for quite some time. I did my field school at the Mesa Grande site and the course also focused on the canal systems that were built. If you would like to know more send me a message with your email.

Brian MacHardy

Post ID#20244 - replied 7/29/2013 10:18 AM

Adam Zajac

Hello everyone,

My name is Adam and I recently received my MA in anthropology from Ball State University. My primary areas of interest are human paleontology, primatalogy, and evolutionary biology. I have recently become very interested in behavioral evolution and animal behavior. I did my undergrad at the University of Connecticut where I started as an engineering major and switched to anthropology in my third semester. I worked at the site of Vogelherd in Germany in 2008, and did my field school at the Taylor Village site in Strawtown, Indiana last summer. I also worked as a field tech for the Applied Archaeology Laboratories at Ball State.

Currently I work as a customer service representative at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh, and hope to spend my career working in museums. I also volunteer a few hours a week to the museum's anthropology section. While I love anthropology and enjoy participating in fieldwork, my chief concern is finding a full-time job somewhere. I have no plans to pursue a phd at this point as I am pretty burned out from school. 

Send me a message and say hi! 

Adam Zajac

Post ID#20277 - replied 9/30/2013 8:16 PM

randy carlton


My name is Randy. I hold an MA in History and have been working Archaeology for over ten years all over the Western United States, (I began working archaeology way back in Shelltown). I have taught at the university level in the subjects of History, Archaeology, Criminal Justice, and Theatre. I also hold a Crime Scene Forensics Certificate, Search and Rescue Management and other various museum, preservation, and wildlife certificates.  I have also worked on a volunteer basis doing crime scene forensic searches for several large investigations.

Historic research is what I love to do most of all. I have also had a lot of fun as an historic consultant for period theatrical plays. To see accurate history come to life on the stage from back stage is a lot of fun. While teaching history, I am one to see history as a "hands on subject" There is not one area of History or Archaeology that is beyond my purview.

Since the economy tanked a few years ago I have only been working part-time, short-term jobs. One community college near where I live told me that they threw my resume and application away because they thought it was a joke Indiana Jones resume. My plans at this time is to be able to buy groceries.

Post ID#20303 - replied 10/26/2013 2:05 PM


Hello folks,
I didn't read all 72 posts on this thread, and I don't expect anyone to read mine, but here is my blurb anyway :-)

My name is Natalie. I am originally from California. I moved to France and England in 1999 to pursue graduate school. I have been participating in archaeology fieldwork since 2003 in Europe and Africa, mainly on Palaeolithic sites. I also worked in UK commercial archaeology. That was back-breaking, but I enjoyed being out in the field full-time. I completed my PhD in archaeology in 2008, and now I am looking to return to the States to work full-time as an archaeologist or field tech. For now, though, I want to start by volunteering on PIT projects so that I can get to know the American system and figure out where in the country I want to work! I love being outdoors in rugged terrain - the wilder the better - and I would love to work also with Native consultation, although I've heard from many people that it can be very difficult.

I'd be happy to share what I know about archaeology in France and the UK. Feel free send me a message!

Post ID#20365 - replied 12/18/2013 2:21 PM



I did not read all of the introductions, I am not offended if mine is overlooked. 

I am not an archaeologist, I am looking for them, I have a battery of questions. 

I am an incomplete BA student, currently out of school. My archaeological interests are strong, but only down a specific topical relation. My primary interests that lead to archaeology are on modern architecture and engineering, and how we have developed to where we are, and how archaeological data adds up. 

I understand my topics of interest are under much debate, but my questions are different from those other questions I have read. My current favorite "line" is taken from a wikipedia article on ancient mesopotamia which discusses how a particular urban housing design uses an internal courtyard and a narrow street to create a convection current which provides cooling ventilation to the household. 

My second favorite paragraphs are from a book published in 1902 on sanitation which discusses maximum room capacity and how fireplaces provide a powerful convective force which pulls the air from a room. 

My primary statement of controversy is that large central high points of urban areas such as the acropolis and many or most pyramids are designed as sanitation infrastructure, and encourage urban airflow to clear pollutants, like human and animal waste vapors. 

I am hoping to discuss this in depth,,,, and find evidence to support any controversial arguments I have. 

Post ID#20511 - replied 6/9/2014 6:02 AM


Hi All,

Nice to "meet" all of you!  I'm a GIS specialist with an environmental science background.  I've always loved reading about and learning about archaeology, and I hope one day to work in the industry.  I've joined the site to get to know more about archaeology and how GIS is used to support it.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Post ID#20518 - replied 6/25/2014 4:52 AM


Hello out there!  

So I'm Ryan. I currently reside in central Utah.  From an early age I was surrounded by talk of Archaeology...legends..stories of treasure etc etc.  I would follow my mother around Northwestern Colorado as she photographed and sketched Native American rock art.  We participated in several Colorado State Archaeological Society surveys and digs near where we lived.  Needless to say, I've had a deep rooted interest and passion for archaeology for my entire life. During high school I participated in the high school field school at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado where I excavated at the Yellow Jacket Pueblo Ruin, this fueled my passion and validated my passion for Southwestern Archaeology.  

Well, as the path of life is, it doesn't always end up where we intend it to.  I started my college career following my intended path of Archaeology.  I participated in the Fort Lewis College field school where we excavated the Pigg Site adjacent to the Lowry Ruin under the direction of Dr. James Judge.   Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish college.

Many years passed and I found myself in a well paying, but not very rewarding career, not in Archaeology. My passion for Archaeology and history remains and I find my desire for it be a part of my life growing.  I would like to re-acquaint myself with the archaeological world.  This time around, I have hobbies that I would like to incorporate.   Including radio controlled aircraft, photography, and the combination aerial photography.    I know the term "drone" is floating around, I don't like to use it, but its essentially what I have.  Most my aircraft are capable of carrying a variety of camera equipment, as well as capable of carrying out mapping and/or photographic missions. 

This is long winded, I know...but I blame it on my excitement and enthusiasm about the historical and natural world.

I look forward to being an active member on here and getting to know like-minded individuals!

Post ID#20591 - replied 1/6/2015 8:12 AM


Hi Everyone!

My name is Jennifer and as you can probably guess from my SN, I am a project manager in Florida.  I found this site when I was looking up information on the distance program at U of Leicester.  

My journey here has been a long one.  Originally I wanted to major in anthropology in college, but decided to go to art school for photography at the pressure of my family.  Who pressures their kid to major in ART?!  My family, who thinks it's a waste of talent that I'm not a professional photographer.  As reality set in, I ended up in several fields that plumeted after 9/11... real estate, marketing, etc.  As a result, I ended up in accounting to pay the bills.  Turns out, kids are expensive critters.  Accounting in the construction industry is less boring than other industries without the PITA factor that restaurants have. Late last year, one of my accounting clients offered me a job in project management which I accepted so here we are.  The projects I work on are tenant build outs for retail stores, which is very steady work and pays well but very boring.  

Most likely, I will be going back to school sometime in 2015 which is how I found this site.  I would really like to get into managing preservation and restoration of historic buildings and places.  Or the building of museum exhibits, both permanent and traveling.  The degree requirements for these types of projects are very specific and frankly above what anyone needs to effectively manage it, however that's what I want to do so I'm trying to figure out the best path.

In any case, I'm kind of a history nerd so this board is right up my alley anyway.

Post ID#20609 - replied 2/7/2015 11:58 PM


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Post ID#20675 - replied 6/1/2015 1:13 AM

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Hello everyone,
My name is Luca and I am an Italian archaeologist. I work as project manager, field director and field archaeologist; I have a Ph.D. in medieval archeology and I'm Chercheur Associé at Université Aix Marseille I.
I have been following the forum for a few years as a visitor, trying to find new ideas: many thanks to Jennifer and her elves, great job! In Italy there is not such a big thing!
Now, we started a field-school in Tuscany: an Etruscan and Roman villa and a Lombard graveyard full of stuff ... We opened our Summer School to foreign students, so I decided to join the forum to propose it.
If anyone is interested in studying / working in Italy, please ask!
Luca Nejrotti
PS: our field-school
our summer school is close to the set of the film "Tale of Tales", a gorgeous corner of Tuscany! Archaeology is a wonderful job!

Post ID#20745 - replied 1/24/2016 11:04 AM


Hi. I’m from Italy, where I studied, live and work. My story in few words? Some fieldwork in the last Seventies, my first important excavation in 1981, employed as archeologist first, later selfemployed consultant and finally I founded an archaeological firm in 1996 (a very very little one, but working and well respected – at least I hope so).
Because of my studies at the University I should be considered a classical archeologist (as an expert of roman age, and about roman ceramics in particular), in fact I’m absolutely involved in fieldwork and in stratigraphical matters (a rather strange career  in my country, where the pure archaeological stratigraphic science and the theorical approach to it are still nowadays widely misunderstood, while studies about ceramics and artifacts have a very good reputation).
You can find somethig more giving a glance to my website .
At the moment I’m interested in archaeological and heritage laws (and archeological standards) also on an international range.
I hope everyone will excuse my tremendously poor and often incorrect English, that I have been studing for only a pair of years at the high school, and this was more than thirty-five years ago! So let me try to do my best, but immediately tell me when my language becomes annoying.


Post ID#20746 - replied 2/4/2016 1:17 PM


Hi all. My name is Michell and I am in the process of finishing up my Master's thesis! I am newer to fieldwork as most of my archaeological experience has taken place in a lab setting. In my "past" life, I was a social worker then one of my undergraduate professors/advisers pointed me toward anthropology and I changed direction. I moved to NC from OR to attend ECU and have decided to stay in the region. My interests are eclectic, but I love historical and public archaeology, especially when working with kiddos. I am hoping to find an internship in the field, then work in CRM, or what ever opportunity comes my way.

Post ID#20802 - replied 9/24/2016 11:35 AM



I'm a bona fide newbie working on my BA in anthropology. I finished my AA in the topic last spring and now I'm at ASU working on the next step. I have a big interest in archaeology and forensics, so most of my class topics have been geared in that direction where possible.

This is my second turn in life. I originally pursued a career in Finance and then went into government. Been in  that field for almost 20 years. I have an MBA in finance as well as an additional AA degree in Fire Technology due my work field, firefighting administration. I'm also finishing up another degree in Psychology-Justice hopefully this winter, time permitting.

Since I work fulltime, I handle a lot of my studies and archaeology interests as I can via distance learning. However, I also have the benefit of an archaeology program at my agency, so I bug them with questions from time to time. When I'm not doing that, I've been adding with self-learning through archaeology-related courses on EdX and Coursera.


Post ID#20845 - replied 2/8/2017 4:57 AM


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Post ID#20875 - replied 4/23/2017 10:52 AM


Hi everyone!
So I have a little bit of a weird background, I suppose, as I am actually a sociology student and not anthropology/archaeology. I'm finishing up with my masters and about to start my PhD. I've always had an interest in archaeology as I'm definitely a history buff, and I found this site a little bit on accident. In Virginia, they offer some certification licensure programs/apprenticeships for those interested in archaeology and being a field tech, and this is something I'm considering for a hobby. I'm still weighing my options, however, and want to browse some of the programs that are available for certification.

See everyone on the message boards!

Post ID#20908 - replied 10/18/2017 4:49 AM


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