Field Seasons: Reflections on Career Paths and Research in by Anna Marie Prentiss

By Anna Marie Prentiss

In Field Seasons, Anna Marie Prentiss chronicles her reviews as an archaeologist, supplying an insider’s examine the various cultures, own agendas, and occupation pathways linked to American archaeology because the overdue 20th century. because the narrative strikes from her educational education to employment in govt and personal consulting to her eventual professorship at a country college, a number of subject matters emerge.

This ebook is ready profession paths. Its dialogue of the various jobs in the archaeological occupation makes it useful to scholars looking assistance approximately their occupation thoughts. It additionally offers perception into the cultures of yankee archaeology, a self-discipline with many colleges of concept and distinct subcultures. the realm of archaeological box technicians is sort of varied from that of presidency bureaucrats or lecturers. Prentiss additionally explores the weather of cultural swap inside of archaeology whereas she displays on her own evolution all through her thirty years in the discipline.

The book’s specified own evaluation of the country of yankee archaeology will entice a large swath of scholars and execs. scholars will locate it an exciting highway map to attainable careers whereas execs will locate lots of scholarly fabric pertaining to ethics, archaeological concept, and interpretations of the archaeological checklist.
 

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Experienced techs know when they are working on an important site, and there is nothing like bad excavation instructions to create a poor project. Shoveling your way through a bison bone bed or complex house feature is bad technique in any definition of archaeology, and yet it happens often enough. It only gets worse when a tech calls an unreceptive supervisor on bad field tactics. I have heard of techs fired purely for disagreeing with the supervisor on how to excavate the site (and usually the techs were right).

Those students fail to recognize that entrance into a doctoral program is highly competitive since these programs are designed to prepare the leading scholars of the future. Mediocre performance and little demonstrated interest in research as an undergraduate actually guarantee a rejection of a doctoral application. While rejection can be hard to take, it can also be a blessing in disguise. D. programs expect a high level of performance from students, and competition for attention and support can be very high.

Artifacts had to be carefully mapped, and extensive samples had to be collected for scientists in white lab coats to work on. And above all notes and maps had to be produced during the day at the field site! • During summer 1988 I had my first opportunity to visit the Middle Fraser Canyon and spend some time at the Keatley Creek site. Getting to the Lillooet area of British Columbia from Vancouver can be done one of two ways. One way is Doctoral Training in Canadian Archaeology 37 to take what is known as the Duffy Lake Road back through the mountains of the Coast Range.

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