Archaeological Crew Chief


American Red Cross First Aid app is an invaluable tool for archaeologists 1

Tweet Last weekend, I took my bi-annual CPR/AED refresher certification through the University of Arizona Recreation Center. I have long been obsessed with learning as much as I can about health and safety in order to help improve the abysmal condition of safety training and awareness in the cultural resource […]

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Archaeology tools at forestry suppliers

Feel the shock and awe of the Forestry Suppliers Archaeology Tools Catalog 1

Tweet “The arrival of the catalog became a major social event…In the early days, people wrote letters about their lives when mailing orders to the company…One of the authors of this book…can remember the special excitement among children when, twice a year, the Sears catalog arrived in the mail” (Leiss, […]


Improving archaeological field training through collaboration with cultural resource management companies (AKA Fraternizing with the enemy to save one’s soul)

Tweet “The more common sense denies that all action is motivated solely by the attempt to use the structure of the social field to increase symbolic capital, the more the scientist sees evidence of the necessity of preserving the illusio in order for the system to work.” (Dreyfus and Rabinow, […]

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Does archaeology fit within your personal ethos?

What should be taught in an archaeology field school? 2

Tweet My last few posts have been getting some serious discussion amongst the archaeologists I know and from hundreds of archaeos I don’t know. Most of the feedback I’ve been getting has been either positive or at least benign. But I’ve also heard that my posts have pissed off a […]


Why aren’t archaeologists receiving better training in college? 1

Tweet I am not the first or the last to ask this question. It seems a very fitting question to ask after writing two widely circulated blog posts positing why are field techs teaching PhDs basic field skills and explaining that archaeologists can earn graduate degrees where they actually learn […]

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Don't be that desperate archaeology job seeker

It doesn’t have to be that way. Field techs don’t have to teach archaeology PhDs 1

Tweet The response to my blog post earlier this week about field techs teaching PhDs how to do archaeology was amazing. Most of the comments I received were either self-reflexive acknowledgements by PhDs revealing that they really didn’t know how to do cultural resource management or commercial archaeology after they […]


When archaeology field techs have to teach PhDs how to do archaeology 35

Tweet The other day, I saw this compelling and telling message on my Facebook news feed, “Got to teach a PhD how to draw a plan view today.” It wouldn’t have struck me as interesting except for two things: The guy doing the teaching just got his BA 2 years […]

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Archaeology Projects are the New Résumé

Tweet Last month, I read Seth Godin’s book “Linchpin.” In case you didn’t know, Seth Godin isn’t an archaeologist and, based on his writings, he doesn’t appear interested in cultural resource management or historic preservation. Godin is primarily known for his postmodern business writings, which have been rapidly been accepted […]


Succinct Research 2013 Review and 2014 Prospectus

Tweet Last month, Doug Rocks-MacQueen asked the archaeology blogospere why we all decided to start blogs. In case you didn’t’ read my response, I started this blog as a way to help other archaeologists find and keep jobs in cultural resource management, historic preservation, and heritage conservation. I felt like […]

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Cracking the Hidden Archaeology Job Market

Tweet Keywords: cultural resource management jobs, historic preservation employment, job search, job tips Hashtags: #CRMarch, #archaeology, #jobs, #jobtips, #recruiting, @succinctbill In case you didn’t already know, the best way to get a job in archaeology, cultural resource management, and historic preservation is NOT by responding to job posts. Of course, […]