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Rykan
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!!


If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?

What period/place in history would you think of?

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?

Do you consider archaeology glamorous?

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?

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Calantyr
QUOTE (Rykan @ Apr 25 2006, 04:37 PM) *
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?

Digging, exhuming, cleaning artifacts, paperwork, camping in a tent with cute archeologettes, nazi's.

What period/place in history would you think of?

Erm... any time before present day. Mainly classical and pre-history.

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?

Indiana Jones smile.gif

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?

Yes and have done numerous times.

Do you consider archaeology glamorous?

Yeah, but I do have odd tastes.

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?

Undoubtably. It has become a lot less opportunistic and mercantile, and become a more disciplined pursuit.

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?

Good as it should attract more people to its study.

Age

22

Sex

Male (roar)

Education

Uni.



I'm guessing this is some sort of backlash over how programmes like Time Team have dumbed down the profession?

Perhaps a section that asks what the good/bad points about archeology in the past was, compared to present day.
gingerpig
^ 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.

Age 34

Sex Female

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 wink.gif
Rykan
QUOTE (Calantyr @ Apr 25 2006, 06:21 PM) *
I'm guessing this is some sort of backlash over how programmes like Time Team have dumbed down the profession?

Perhaps a section that asks what the good/bad points about archeology in the past was, compared to present day.


Thanks ever so much! It's interesting seeing the different ways people answer too.
Ah, I wanted to write about the protrayl of archaeology in modern culture (so glamarous! So exciting!)

Good idea.... *thinks how to phrase...*
Moosh
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?
Digging, carbon dating, finding stuff, field archaeology

What period/place in history would you think of?
Egypt - pyramids, valley of kings etc. Britain - castles, iron-age forts

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?
Gotta' be Indiana Jones

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?
Maybe. If I was considering I'd go for the more academic side rather than field archeaology.

Do you consider archaeology glamorous?
Not really.

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?
Yes, due to technology and just finding more stuff out.

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?
Yeah, because it might encourage more people and funds into it, and archaeology is important, as a science.

Age
16

Sex
Male

Education
About to do my GCSEs
Rykan
QUOTE (gingerpig @ Apr 25 2006, 06:59 PM) *
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 wink.gif


An MA in Egyptian Archaeology? *so jealous*
I'm studying at Winchester Uni, Hampshire (your simple Archaeology BA). I think that's what it's called at the moment anyway ^^'
You had some good ideas! I just did a module on Gender and the Life Cycle last semester, I could probably mention that on my proposal form (along with the Public Archaeology module, obviously, teehee).

laugh.gif Well ... yes, but all answers are good answers! Just dipping my toe in the water at the moment...
I_am_the_best
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?
Digging trenches and dusting away at discoveries.

What period/place in history would you think of?
Britain 11th - 15th Century.

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? Yep.

Do you consider archaeology glamorous? Not particularly.

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years? Yes, it's grown a lot more important I think.

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why? Yes, because it makes people aware of what is out there. It's also interesting to read/hear/watch about.

Age 14

Sex Female

Education Halfway through highschool
Izzy
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?People building houses, and looking for fossils and uhm...looking for dinosaurs...

What period/place in history would you think of?A while ago.

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?I dunno...None

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?I doubt it.

Do you consider archaeology glamorous?It's not bad, but not really glamorous.

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?Uhm...yes?

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing?Good Why?Cause it's educating people about it.

Age 11

Sex Female

Education Last year of elementary school.
gingerpig
Hmmmm well afte reading all your ages, I feel distinctly archaeological myself biggrin.gif


QUOTE (Rykan @ Apr 25 2006, 07:36 PM) *
An MA in Egyptian Archaeology? *so jealous*
I'm studying at Winchester Uni, Hampshire (your simple Archaeology BA). I think that's what it's called at the moment anyway ^^'
You had some good ideas! I just did a module on Gender and the Life Cycle last semester, I could probably mention that on my proposal form (along with the Public Archaeology module, obviously, teehee).

laugh.gif Well ... yes, but all answers are good answers! Just dipping my toe in the water at the moment...



If you're jealous of the MA, maybe you could apply to do one? To be fair, it's a bit of a crap career choice, something practical like museum studies, GIS etc, might be better in terms of actually getting a job. I was last out digging regularly over 10 years ago - in the great and distance past, people used to be able to do circuit archaeology, ie travel the country going from site to site. I only managed it for one summer though myself lol. I think in general field archaeology jobs are getting harder to get though, so it's cool if you can additional stuff under your belts. Oh crap, hope I'm not being tooo mumsy and dictatorial there, it's just I've seen how hard it can be. It is also a lot of fun though, and it's possible to get jobseven when you're reasonably crap like me smile.gif

So kind of you to think I had some good ideas - quite unusual, I'm sure it's beucase I'm avoiding my essay. Other thoughts, you could also mention would be the changing ethnicity of archaeology, and as well as the YAC stuff, which I guess is just yoof from the CBA (I think? can't remember) museums etc in general are making greater efforts to be inclusive, and as I hinted at before, the greater political diversity within archaeology - oo ooo oooo (monkey noises) you could chat about Kossina as well. My most inspiring lecture at Uni talked about the Nazi's used skeletal indices as rcial determinants - human osteological studies are only just regaining this ground, and it's a challenge to do it in a non racial, and politcally open way.

I've not really come accross Winchester Uni, but it sounds like a lovely place to study. Does you dept have a specialism and what are plans next?
pgrmdave
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If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?


Dusty, overgrown buildings in the ground, usually in a desert.

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What period/place in history would you think of?


Egyptian, and any central/south american indian (basically, pyramids).

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If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?


Indiana Jones

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Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?


No, I'm simply not interested in it.

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Do you consider archaeology glamorous?


Nope.

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Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?


Yes, it's much more able to study without destroying the sites.

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Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?


I haven't noticed any glamorisation, but I don't pay much attention to media.

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19

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Male

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Education


Two years of College
Rykan
Thanks guys, your all stars for helping me with this!

Gingerpig; I was actually trying to find out about doing conservation apprenticeships for the National Trust/English Heritage/etc. I think I'd like to do conservation work on paintings, but if I could get an apprenticeship, I'd be set! laugh.gif I don't think I'd actually want a career in archaeology; I've been on two excavations, that's given me a good taste ^^'

Hm, maybe like, "Do you think archaeology has become more politicaly influenced?", but would the ordinary person on the street really know about that? ...

I hadn't heard of this place either, but it came about 4th or 5th last year, it got a 24/24 teaching score (Cambridge only got 23/24 XD ). It's not that big, but it's one of the best in the country when it comes down to it (apparently).
I'm dissapointed they didn't change the name to University College Of Winchester, then our shirts would have said UCOW! *so dissapointed*
gingerpig
QUOTE (Rykan @ Apr 26 2006, 10:13 AM) *
Gingerpig; I was actually trying to find out about doing conservation apprenticeships for the National Trust/English Heritage/etc. I think I'd like to do conservation work on paintings, but if I could get an apprenticeship, I'd be set! laugh.gif I don't think I'd actually want a career in archaeology; I've been on two excavations, that's given me a good taste ^^'


Oooooo that sounds very fun! Good luck with that - an ex-box did a course that was based at Hampton Court, which sounds very cool. I was going to do an HND in conservation in Lincoln, but I got the place in Bradford so went for that instead. You've obviously had enough of field archaeology biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Rykan @ Apr 26 2006, 10:13 AM) *
Hm, maybe like, "Do you think archaeology has become more politicaly influenced?", but would the ordinary person on the street really know about that? ...


I'd have to agree with you, I am ranting (and it is a lot) from an interested position. I guess most people wouldn't know that, it would be interesting to see if they did - although I suspect that wouldn't be enough material for your dissertation.... I wonder if Matazone non archaeologists have anything to say about that?

QUOTE (Rykan @ Apr 26 2006, 10:13 AM) *
I hadn't heard of this place either, but it came about 4th or 5th last year, it got a 24/24 teaching score (Cambridge only got 23/24 XD ). It's not that big, but it's one of the best in the country when it comes down to it (apparently).
I'm dissapointed they didn't change the name to University College Of Winchester, then our shirts would have said UCOW! *so dissapointed*


Oooo actually I think I've heard of King Alfreds College, (or whatever it is), it's just more my brain hadn't connected it to Winchester (doh!). Great idea for tshirts,but maybe KALF wouldn't be so different... *groans at bad not-quite-joke*

Cant remember if I said, but it sounds like a very interesting idea for your dissertation and good luck with! Who are you intending to ask, and how you going to determine your sample?
PsychWardMike
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?

Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones.

What period/place in history would you think of?

World War Two era America. Nazis and the like.

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?

Being that I probably wouldn't be fighting Nazis, discovering the occult, and getting the girl (or any girl, for that matter, as an archeologist) I probably wouldn't. And Sean Connery isn't my father.

Do you consider archaeology glamorous?

Not really. A couple of Discovery Channel specials here and there are all fine and dandy, but Indiana Jones isn't how it goes down. It's all waiting with very little pay off in the end.

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?

Again, with the lack of Nazi thing. But aside from that, i'd say the expansion of global knowledge and the accessibility of said knowledge has changed it somehow.

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?

I think it gives people a bit of a false impression, but I can't see what's bad about inspiring someone to hunt for knowledge.

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18

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Male

Education

I shall graduate high school this June and am going to attend University at Carnegie Mellon University.
Rykan
QUOTE (gingerpig @ Apr 26 2006, 01:11 PM) *
Oooooo that sounds very fun! Good luck with that - an ex-box did a course that was based at Hampton Court, which sounds very cool. I was going to do an HND in conservation in Lincoln, but I got the place in Bradford so went for that instead. You've obviously had enough of field archaeology biggrin.gif

I'd have to agree with you, I am ranting (and it is a lot) from an interested position. I guess most people wouldn't know that, it would be interesting to see if they did - although I suspect that wouldn't be enough material for your dissertation.... I wonder if Matazone non archaeologists have anything to say about that?

Oooo actually I think I've heard of King Alfreds College, (or whatever it is), it's just more my brain hadn't connected it to Winchester (doh!). Great idea for tshirts,but maybe KALF wouldn't be so different... *groans at bad not-quite-joke*

Cant remember if I said, but it sounds like a very interesting idea for your dissertation and good luck with! Who are you intending to ask, and how you going to determine your sample?


Oh wow, yeah! I saw a programme the other day where some guys were extremely lucky to be granted permission to do some excavation there; they were looking for the original lay out of the palace; terribly interesting.
Failing the apprenticeship, I need to look into other places that do courses or the like in conservation; do you know of any?
Ahaha, yes, I've had enough of the manual labour in the rain, thankyou! (Oh yeah, and sun burning my back off, yeesh .... so much mattocking and pushing wheel barrows up huge spoil heaps.... x__x ). I LOVED the drawing bit though; I'd ask every day if I could continue drawing. thos emetal grids are tricky onrocky ground ^^' (I ended up doing about 90% of the final drawing of the dry stone wall that was found, hahaha, so proud. Wish i had gotten to ink it... ). (( Drawing, I have some more pics from the excavation of any one is interested ^^' It was a prehistoric site, i wanted to be on the Roman site with the mosaic >.< ))
Yep, it used to be King alfreds, but they've been funking with the name.
Thanks! i hope it's unique enough but still with a decent amout of reading material!
Not sure at the moment; my proposal is to be handed in in three weeks... I was thinking of lurking on the high street asking people at random... I don't think there are any ethical issues there...
gingerpig
I'm sure there will be loads of reading matter - although sadly I cant think of anything useful of hand lol. I can check my bibliographies and get back to you about that one.

Apart from Lincoln and the apprenticeship courses you mention, the only other conservation course I know about is at UCL. A friend of mine is doing it, I think the Masters takes 2 years, and has a strong science (mainly chemistry - surprise! wink.gif ) basis. I think it's more objects based not paintings. The labs are wonderful, and each student has a variety of original artefacts to work on. They're right at the top of the building, and the course only takes on a small number of people each year, so the supervision is great.

ICON (Institute of Conservation) has details of where to find more information on courses round the uk.

Good luck when you hand your proposal in, and with your research. I cant think of any issues with standing around the street, apart from people not wanting to stop lol. Doesn't mean there aren't any though, I'm not sure if you need to have permission from the local authorities to street canvass, might be worth checking that out. They may require something signed by your uni.
monkey_called_narth
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of? the exproration of areas in hopes of finding information on the people and animals that had lived there befor.

What period/place in history would you think of? pre-history to the middle ages, my times major.

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be? erm.... i would say jurasic park... but thats because i just watched it.

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology? i currently am investing in a somewhat like minded profession: art reconstruction. wooo for art history!

Do you consider archaeology glamorous? depending on what kind, yes and no. in the proffesion i am taking up ill get to travel around the world and work on many paintings and other artistry in order to preserve them for future generations.

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years? yes, mostly due to the fact that about 100 years ago the biggest thing with archaeology was cutting things up and seeing who will pay the most for them.

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?
bad, when you watch popular movies and other media, some people are lead to belive that they can do it too. this leads to many destructions of preciouse items that may give important clues to past civilisations. prime example: the cahokia site, in my home area. after the release of one of the indiana jones movies (the one in africa i belive), there was a problem with people wondering onto the indian barial grounds, and several thefts. i have a personal problem with this because much of the pottery was broken becasue people were looking for "arrowheads", the idiots.

Age: 19

Sex: female

Education: university
bryden42
If I said the word “archaeology”, what would you think of?

Digging, exhuming, cleaning artifacts, paperwork, Carbin dating and lots of sums

What period/place in history would you think of?

Egyptian and prehistoric

If you could name only one archaeological book, film, tv show or game, what would it be?

Indiana Jones, Tommb Raider, the mummy, Jurrasic Park (sorry thats Four)

Would you ever consider a job in archaeology?

Yes before i wanted to be an architect or lawyer

Do you consider archaeology glamorous?

No, unless you are Lara Croft or sleeping with her beautifully crafted pixels smile.gif

Do you think archaeology has changed at all over the past 100 years?

I believe it has become less destuctive and more about information than obtaining wealth (at least i hope it has)

Do *you* think the glamorisation of archaeology in the media is a good or a bad thing? Why?

Good as an unbderstanding and awareness of it will hopefully allow funding to be generated for it

Age

29

Sex

Male

Education

University (degree in technical theatre and stage management)
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