^ the backlash against Time team has been around sometime - I remember 3 very grumpy field archaeologists discussing it on my Museum Studies MSc about 10 years ago. Personally I love it as it's done a great job of raising public awareness, but having also been a jobbing field archaeoloist, I can also understand the frustration with the programme. I think I would tend to assume that this is something more about the medium itself, as opposed to just the programme. Similar problems of interpretation exist with museums, for example most museums will have any number of sherds and knapped flints, and obviously to present a full picture of the past it would be more "honest" to present all of them... You get the idea - I'm about to head up to a major, and very boring rant here, so I'm stopping!
QUOTE (Rykan @ Apr 25 2006, 04:37 PM)
For my dissertation, I'm going to do a questionnaire, but I need to do a test one first to see if I'm asking the right questons (and to see if anyone has any really good ideas for better questions!)
My dissertation is (roughly) going to be on "How stereotypes and perceptions of archaeology have changed and why, and how/if this relates to how archaeology has changed and it's professionalisation".
If y'all could answer these questions, and say and suggestions you have, I would be most grateful!!
I'll do this, if you do my "Whose past is it anyway?" I'm using the reburial issue to focus..... Well I should be... Sounds interesting though - where are you studying? Will be intresting to see what you do turn up in terms of the presentation of archaeology, and it's popularity. YAC clubs might be interesting - ie how many now, as opposed to 20 years ago. Gender based studies might be interesting - despite more women taking it, field archaeology is still largely male, as are higher levels of university.
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of? Fun! Digging in the dirt with a happy grin, Stone Henge, flints.
What period/place in history would you think of? British Neolithic/Bronze Age, simialr for Egypt.
If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be? Time Team....
Would you ever consider a job in archaeology? Yes, I've had a few, dooby dooo
Do you consider archaeology glamorous? No
Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years? Yes, great technical advances, site recording standards, theoretical developements meaning it's coming into it's own as a science, although I'm not sure about Post-Processualism. I used to love it, but I wonder now if it's leading archaeology into a bit of a back water? I'm not sure why gender, or other "special interest" archaeology should be counted in with the Post-Processualists. Still great fun though, even though our political agenda's might be different.
Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why? I like the increased exposure, as I'm not sure that you if really went into SHanks and Tilleys, "The Past is all relative, thats why we talk about Marxism" you'd still have people watching.
Education BSc Archaeology (Bradford) , MSc Museum Studies (Leicester), currently doing a MA in Egyptian Archaeology (UCL).
I bet you wanted non- archaeologists to answer this