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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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synj_munki
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Time:2011-02-26 02:22 pm (UTC)
check out BAJR if you want to work in UK
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icecream_junkie
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Time:2011-02-27 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. :)
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elyim
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Time:2011-02-26 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, bajr.org is the main go-to for archaeology jobs. Be aware though that like most places there are barely any jobs and a lot of unemployed arch graduates all applying for the same positions.

For an entry-level digging job I think plenty of varied fieldwork experience is probably more valuable than what classes you took, especially supervision experience (some things are done differently in the field in the UK [but it's not *entirely* true that we only work for two hours and then go to the pub ;)], so you might find it useful to join a UK fieldschool in the summer - check pasthorizons.com and university arch department websites). Another thing that generally helps your CV is having a driving licence.

Good luck :)
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icecream_junkie
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Time:2011-02-27 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your reply.

Sadly going to a fieldschool in the UK costs a lot of money. Otherwise I would have gone there during the last years. This summer I also have the opportunity to work for an excavation firm (is that what it's called?) where I would get paid instead of paying for it. But I'll think about it again.

As far as I know the biggest difference is probably that we dig down a certain amount of centimeters and you guys dig layer by layer. At least that is what I have been told. But that is probably not the only difference.
Is there a book you could recommend? I know that reading won't make up for actual experience, but it is better then nothing I guess.
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_illumina_
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Time:2011-02-27 10:28 pm (UTC)
I third BAJR. To get work in commercial archaeology in Britain you ideally need 6 months experience... in commercial archaeology.

I'm afraid that the other person is right, though, there's no work around at the moment at all, even for those of us with several years of experience. I'd take the paid work you've been offered.

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icecream_junkie
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Time:2011-03-06 02:38 pm (UTC)
There isn't any work in Germany either. If I apply for jobs in two countries I at least double my chances. At least that's how I see it. I'll go wherever I find a job.
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_illumina_
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Time:2011-03-06 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh I get that, I'm doing it myself - it's just you said in reply to the comment above that you've been offered paid work, so I'm just saying, if it's offered, take it! Even if it's short term, it's better than nothing. There's nothing else around at the moment - I'm looking at taking unpaid work abroad where I will at least get food, accommodation and travel expenses.

More and more of my colleagues are being laid off - I only know two or three who still have jobs. You can see from BAJR that there are very few jobs being advertised, and the ones that are out there have hundreds of very experienced people applying. It's a really bad situation at the moment; we're all hoping that the construction industry picks up soon.

Good luck!
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