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Time:02:13 am
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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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_illumina_
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Time:2012-01-10 01:02 pm (UTC)
European economies aren't doing so great either. I worked in archaeology for just 3 months in 2010, and 4 months last year, and I had to move countries (UK to France and Denmark respectively) to get that much (OK so I'm not complaining about seeing more of the world). Not working right now, but maybe in a month or two.
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skjaere
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Time:2012-01-10 01:22 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I have fantasies of going back over to the UK to work (I got my degrees there), but I can see they probably won't come to much in the near future. *sigh*
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_illumina_
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Time:2012-01-11 08:15 pm (UTC)
Whereabouts? Nope, things not looking good there right now. Keep an eye on www.bajr.org though if you're interested.
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skjaere
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Time:2012-01-11 10:50 pm (UTC)
I do check in there every now and then. I got my undergrad degree from St Andrews, and did an MA at Sheffield.
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donnad
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Time:2012-01-10 01:11 pm (UTC)
The problem around here is the same as it's always been, too many archaeology students willing to do it for free to gain experience and pad their resumes. I'm guilty of it too when I was a student. And with the economy, nobody can actually pay so the people running the digs are happy with and will take the free, shovel-bum labor.

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skjaere
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Time:2012-01-10 01:21 pm (UTC)
I've always wished they would do archaeology the other way around: Give the students the really thankless surveying jobs so that you can weed out which ones are really serious about archaeology, and save the "fun" digs for the people who stick with it.
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synj_munki
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Time:2012-01-10 07:06 pm (UTC)
i got hired full time (average 30hrs/wk over the course of a year, hourly supervisory role) a little over a year ago; work was crazy in the early part of 2011 but it slowed dramatically since September. I had previously done stimulus work, worked on that big koch keystone pipeline, and worked for about a year for a misogynist that believes OSHA doesn't apply to archaeology (then was injured, natch).

I am worried at the rate of work so far this year, if it doesn't pick up my position might be let go. Most of my work last year was for oil projects, but as the prices fell the worked petered off.
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skjaere
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Time:2012-01-10 11:21 pm (UTC)
Bleh for misogynist asshole bosses. I hope you managed to save up a decent nest egg on this job!
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