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Subject:GS Levels?
Time:01:58 am
Current Mood:confusedconfused
Maybe this is a stupid question, but I'm trying to figure out what GS level I am at, so that I know which jobs are way out of my range. At first I thought it was similar to the UK system, but theirs only goes up through G7. Where can I find a list? I've tried Googling, but since I don't even know what "GS" stands for ... I got nothing. I've been working in this field off and on since 2006, and I am completely unfamiliar with these designations! Is this because I got my degrees overseas, or are companies using this numbering convention more frequently now than they used to? *feels like a dunce*
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Current Location:Shoreline, WA
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Subject:Where to look for jobs?
Time:10:58 am
Current Mood:restlessrestless
Anyone know any good websites to keep an eye on when looking for jobs in the US, apart from ShovelBums.org and ArchaeologyFieldwork.com? Anything specific to the NW part of the country would be especially nice. I'm based out of Seattle, but I am restless enough these days to travel almost anywhere.
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Subject:A couple more worthwhile petitions
Time:02:24 am
Current Mood:hungryhungry
I'm sure many of you already saw these on ShovelBums today, but for those who didn't, or who haven't yet taken a minute to go and sign, here are the links.

Tell the National Geographic that their show, Diggers, is a disgraceful representation of archaeology.

Tell President Obama that NEPA needs to be amended to more effectively protect our collective heritage.

And of course share these links and raise awareness wherever you can!
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Subject:American Digger Petition
Time:01:50 am
Current Mood:frustratedfrustrated
For anyone who hasn't already heard, Spike TV has a new show coming out called American Digger, which is basically a how-to guide to looting and flogging artifacts. I don't need to tell you guys that this is a Very Bad Thing. If you haven't already, please take a moment to sign the petition to stop them. Also, share this link as widely as possible. Because this is just gross.
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Subject:Mod checking in
Time:02:13 am
Current Mood:boredbored
How's everyone holding up in the current awesome US economy? Anyone working? I'm currently living in the Seattle area, and I managed to find all of two months' worth of archaeology work last year. Nothing so far this year, but maybe something coming up in the spring. How about you? I'd love to know I'm not the only one in a holding pattern.
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Time:12:43 pm
Hi!

I'm a German archaeology student and am currently writing my thesis to finish university. I hopefully will be done by the end of this year. After finishing university I would like to work in Great Britain, because I find British archaeology very fascinating.

But since I don't have any connections to British archaeologists yet, I don't know where to look for jobs or internships. Does anyone know a web page that would help me?

Also, from your perspective, is there something that should definitely be in my resume if I want to find a job in Great Britain? Would it, for example, help if the topic of one of my final exams would be something that's connected with Britain?
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Current Location:United States, Wisconsin, River Falls
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Subject:Grad Schools
Time:07:47 pm
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Hello!

I am looking at grad schools to apply for PhD programs in Archaeology.  I want to study Feminist Archaeology and the Maya and would like to examine grave goods for power/status indications.

Does anyone know of any good graduate schools that have professors who have experience working in this field? 

I'm going to apply to Northwestern, Michigan, Tulane and UTX-Austin.  Any other ideas?
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Current Location:Shoreline, WA
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Subject:Seeking wise advice from experienced women
Time:11:15 am
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I have an interview with a city archaeologist for a two-month monitoring job coming up next week. I have never done any monitoring before (sort of terrifying), but I really need this job, and I'm eager to have new experience for my CV. I've come here to appeal for advice for a newbie monitor. I want to avoid rookie mistakes, and I want to do the archaeology justice and comport myself in a professional manner. Any words of wisdom you ladies can offer would be much appreciated. Also, anyone who has experience with Pacific NW coastal soils, or can point me at relevant online articles and reports. I grew up in the NW, but this is the first time I've lived here since I graduated high school.

Thanks in advance!
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Subject:Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology
Time:03:29 pm
Hey guys, I came across this recently on Twitter and I thought I'd share it because I'm sure it's something we can all get behind.

Okay, lets be honest! How many of us got interested in Archeology because Harrison Ford made it look so damn cool? Well, the fedora-wearing professor is once again being used to promote Archeology, and this time in a more scientific way, involving actual archeological artefacts and not the crystal skulls of aliens.

Not that there is anything wrong with aliens.

A picture. Of Indiana Jones.Collapse )

May I present to you something to look forward to! An interactive Indiana Jones exhibit!

And apparently there is going to be all sorts of sweet stuff there, like movie props and actual ancient relics, presentations about the science of archeology, and all sorts of interactive sets based on locations from the films! It's the closest most of us will get to actually being Indiana Jones and I'm keen on checking it out!

If you are too, there are a whole bunch of places you can find out more information, but the best places I've seen so far are the fan-run Facebook and Twitter pages (both of which have information about the upcoming exhibit, and other fun Indiana Jones related goodies, so they're worth checking out!) . You can also check out the official website, here.
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Subject:Thoughts on motels?
Time:06:40 pm
I'm an CRM archaeologist in the US. I mostly manage projects/crews, and that involves finding accommodations for everyone. I've been thinking a lot about motels recently and what I ought to be prioritizing when I choose one.

It really goes without saying that I want to stay (and I want my crew to stay) some place that is reasonably safe, clean, and structurally sound. I also need to find a place that's reasonably close to the project. After that, there seems to be a divide between what I predict people will want/need and what they actually complain about not having.

For me, if it's a project lasting more than a couple of days, it's really nice to have a room with a mini fridge. Some motels - particularly mom and pop places and those that cater to fishing tourism, etc. - have these in every room as a standard amenity. Other places (often the more upscale ones) may only have a few available in the entire building and might charge extra to put one in your room. A microwave is also helpful, but I can survive without being able to cook. Not having a fridge really cuts down on my options for lunch.

Everything else is icing on the cake for me.

The thing people I work with seem to want most, though, is free wireless internet. I know the internet is invaluable for keeping in touch with friends and family when you're traveling all over the country and it may be vital for finding your next job. I'm probably underestimating the importance of that second part, since it's been a while since I've had to do that. I've stayed in a lot of places that advertised wireless internet, but I ended up having to sit in the parking lot outside the office to get a signal or it didn't work at all and the manager was perpetually "having someone coming over to fix it." Chain motels seem to do a better job with it, but those are also the places less likely to have refrigerators. I guess a faint hope of probably-not-very-good wireless access doesn't strike me as a fair trade for being able to keep perishable foods in my room, but again, I may be underestimating the necessity of it.

Obviously, the ideal is to find a motel with both fridges and internet access, but that not always possible.

So, any thoughts? What do you think is necessary/unnecessary in a field motel? If you had to choose between a fridge and internet, which would you go for?
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