Higher education


Twentysomethings: CRM Companies Want Archaeological Technicians to Have a Graduate Degree 1

Tweet I didn’t want to believe it but maybe Doug Rocks-MacQueen is right; maybe your degree is worth less, and less as each year passes by. The other day I saw a job posting for a temporary archaeological field technician position that stated in the educational requirements section “minimum BA, […]

Should archaeological field techs need a graduate degree?

Is archaeology against motherhood?

Does archaeology hate mothers? 2

Tweet I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the @everyDIGsexism conversation on Twitter. The discussion highlights many of the problems women face in cultural resource management and academic archaeology. For forward-thinking intellectuals, a lot of male archaeologists and archaeology students should really be ashamed of themselves. I’ve been known […]


What do you think should be included in an archaeological field school? 4

Tweet Yesterday, I received good news. The property owner of the Erma Hayman House in Boise, Idaho has given permission to conduct an archaeology project on this property. This will be the next step in my dissertation work on The River Street Digital History Project, but it is also an […]

Archaeological field school needs to be about more than just digging

What does the student loan bubble mean for cultural resource management archaeology?

What does student loan bubble mean for archaeology?

Tweet Small liberal arts colleges are starting to lose the battle against the “educational-industrial complex.” This month, two colleges in the eastern United States—Sweet Briar College and Tennessee Temple University—announced they will close their doors this year (2015). Insurmountable financial challenges and declining enrollment were cited as the reason for […]


Is education and #freearchaeology really a substitute for actual archaeology experience?

Tweet We’ve all seen the following clauses in a job description: — A combination of education and experience which includes College-level education or training that provided knowledge equivalent to that described above, plus appropriate technical experience or additional education. — The work experience must have included archeology field experience, which […]

Ever wonder why volunteer or graduate school is considered experience for cultural resource management archaeology?

How can universities prepare students for cultural resource management archaeology careers?

It’s not just archaeology. Most students don’t learn what they need in college.

Tweet A few months ago, I penned a (un)popular blog post titled “When archaeology field techs have to teach PhDs how to do archaeology”. Some people thought it was great. Many did not. Fortunately, I haven’t been kicked out of graduate school over it. The basic premise was: Universities are […]


Why is it a big deal when universities discuss whiteness?

Tweet Last week, Fox News helped my dissertation research immensely. I learned about five books that I definitely need to read based on their coverage of a course at Arizona State University titled “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.” The course is taught by Professor Lee Bebout who […]

Discussions of whiteness in colleges are important to eliminating structural racism

Diaspora was a central topic at #SHA2015

Archaeology, Structural Racism, and the Seahawks: Musings on #SHA2015 2

Tweet “Peripheries and Boundaries” was the theme of this year’s Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Conference in Seattle. Many of the symposia focused on the issues that arise when people and archaeologists focus on spaces in flux including diaspora, racialization, power differentials, and identity. Along with the question “Will the […]