This came into me from a friend who runs the fabulous Voices of the Past site
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The Irish Archaeological Field School (IAFS) 2010 research programme will focus on archaeological excavations at Bective Abbey, Rath Maeve on the Hill of Tara, and Rossnaree, Newgrange, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Do you want to earn university credits by undertaking archaeological fieldwork and excavation at beautiful Irish historic sites under the tuition of leading experts?
Would you like to experience life as an archaeologist while immersing yourself in the richness of the Irish life?
If the answer to one of more of these questions is ‘YES’, then the Irish Archaeological Field School is for you.
We are Irelands leading provider of university accredited, site based archaeological research and training. The ethos of the school is to provide an opportunity for students and enthusiasts of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation within an established research framework.
Excavations are undertaken in a research environment led by a team of highly qualified and experienced archaeologists using the most sophisticated technologies, including GPS topographical survey, geophysics, photo-planning and more.
In addition to the archaeological excavations, an extensive programme of cultural activities is on offer, including tours of historic sites, folklore, reconstructions, re-enactments, language, music, food and more.
see more here:
and let people know.
It’ll be great!
Adventures in Archaeology
Issue 10 Past Horizons Online Journal of volunteer archaeology and training.
Past Horizons now celebrating its tenth issue, consists of 48 pages of free to read content. The main articles cover current archaeological excavations and conservation around the world. We also have the much loved contribution from Annie Evans our very own ‘Dig Cook’ and the Back Pages present four comedyvideos for your enjoyment, on the subject of archaeology.
Read it here
Up From the Ashes 14
In 1815 on the Indonesian island of Tambora a massive volcanic eruption caused a pryoclastic flow which wiped out all in its path. The tiny Kingdom of Tambora disappeared under the ash. Now, almost two hundred years later the carbonised but well preserved remains are slowly being uncovered.
Making Preservation Happen 32
Slovenia is a small nation with big ambitions to preserve its wealth of historical buildings. Two Slovenians are at the forefront of this work and have reached out to the international community for help. Now in partnership with Colorado based Adventures in Preservation, hands on workshops are now up and running.
Archaeology Through the Keyhole 8
Dating of hillforts has long been the subject of debate amongst archaeologists. Murray Cook argues that keyhole excavation is the way forward.
Prepare for Action 38
Dominic Hall, a field skills expedition leader shares some of his top tips for enjoying a safe but exciting adventure.
A Series of Fortunate Events 20
Metal detectorist Peter Twinn describes the series of events in his life that led him to discover a passion for archaeology.
Fort St. Joseph 26
A 18th century French frontier fort involved in the fur trade provides the subject for an exceptional award winning community archaeology project.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WRITE AN ARTICLE FOR PAST HORIZONS OR INDEED HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS TO MAKE PLEASE CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will leave people to read it.
It is quite far-reaching and will be open to (indeed it welcomes) debate.
In a nutshell, the Council decided to not allow ROs to reduce salaries, but will work on a system of Pay Bands rather than minima ( I would say a bit like the overlapping bands of BAJR) and finally that in 2010-2011 there will be no increase in pay rates.
That simplifies a complex document – so do please take the time to read it before commenting.
Come here to join the debate
Pay deals in the UK could come under renewed pressure next year despite signs of an economic recovery, a new study has warned.
According to the Labour Research Department (LRD), a significant number of long-term pay deals are set to expire next year and this is one of several factors that will place downward pressure on salaries.
It found that one in seven deals in 2010 will be long-term arrangements, compared to one-quarter of settlements in 2009.
Lewis Emery, the LRD’s pay and conditions researcher, believes a number of other factors could keep pay deals on the low side next year, despite signs of growth since April.
He said: “At least four crucial questions overshadow the chances of continuing pay growth: Will current pay freezes be lifted? What kind of pay offers will employers make with fewer long term deals setting the pace? Will Retail Price Index inflation return? And most decisively of all, what will happen with public sector pay?”
Recently, research by Incomes Data Services revealed that a third of businesses have imposed a pay freeze so far during 2009.
However, averaged over the whole year, however, the picture does not look quite so bleak. From August 2008-July 2009, 30% overall received less than a 2% rise, including cuts and freezes, covering almost one-third of the workforce; however, a significant 22% (over one-fifth) of deals were for 4% or more, covering 13% of the workforce. This leaves over two-fifths (41%) of deals achieving between 2% and 3.99%, applying to almost half (49%) of workers.
So I would suggest a wait and see – Lets wait until April 2010 and see where we are as an industry, before saying freeze. I don’t feel we know enough… and given that the planned return in the main VAT rate to 17.5% from January 2010 would affect us all. Continued weak or frozen wage growth would imply a squeeze on disposable incomes (which for a 15k a year – working every week! – is already non-existent) , potentially undermining prospects for consumer spending and an economic recovery in general. Accommodation? Travel? lots to mull over. AND this is complicated.
I don’t have a full handle on this yet, so perhaps the IfA could comment more on the statement
Where did this come from, as it seems to have taken up a Council Meeting, and must have origins
What appears to be the carved top of a sarcophagus was unearthed when builders were excavating and reinforcing a wall alongside the old ruined church in Temple, Midlothian.
But the inscriptions, which include symbols similar to those found in Viking monuments, in medieval graves and in West Highland Celtic carvings, have baffled archaeologists.
Crispin Phillips, who is renovating a house alongside The Old Parish Church, said: “I was on a mission to repair the wall – which was falling into the graveyard. We got near the bottom of the foundations and found something buried there.
“We found one stone carved with a cross and then another with these carvings on it.”
Current Archaeology is pleased to announce that the English Heritage Presentation of Archaeological Heritage Research Awards will be joining in this year as part of the Archaeology 2010 conference at the British Museum, February 26-28, 2010. ( a date for your diary – As both BAJR and Past Horizons will be there as well)
But this is not the only award they have with the Robert Kiln Trust award and the Jeffrey May awards to name only another two. Cash prizes and lovely things to have on your CV. Closing date for all is 15 November.
English Heritage Award for the Presentation of Heritage Research competition is designed to highlight the fascinating research being done in the heritage sector. We aim to bring it out of monographs and specialist journals and to the attention of the wider public, whose understanding and support are crucial to the preservation of our heritage. Anyone who works, or has participated in, research on British and Irish archaeology, historic buildings and heritage conservation is encouraged to enter the competition.
Three prizes are offered: an open first prize of £1,500, a runner-up prize of £500, and an under-30 prize of £500. Entrants should send in a completed entry form including a summary of their proposed presentation, not to exceed 750 words (up to two figures may also be included), to arrive no later than 15 November 2009.
The Jeffrey May Award is named in honour of Jeffrey May, an issue editor for Current Archaeology and a long-term friend and supporter. The award, for the best article submitted by a new writer for either Current Archaeology or Current World Archaeology magazine, consists of a £1,000 prize and publication of the article.
The Robert Kiln Trust award is given for the best project, or a series of works or projects, carried out in the UK by a voluntary body or individual. Robert Kiln was a great believer in amateur participation and his charitable trust, founded in the early 1970s, has distributed more than £1 million to conservation, the arts and archaeology. This award is meant to carry on Robert Kiln’s tradition of encouraging higher standards of fieldwork and excavation in the amateur ranks. There will be a small prize given. Additionally, each finalist will be given two free tickets to the Archaeology 2010 conference.
So what are you waiting for….. the opportunity to get recognition and some very useful money for either yourself or your project.!! Just think what you could do with £500, £1000 or even £1500. So stop reading this… and get along to here NOW! http://www.archaeology.co.uk/grants-awards/
Recently on the American Archaeology Fieldwork website the following website was highlighted, after it appeared in a google ad.
but they are not alone, with other sites offering a chance to dig up entire sites and keep your finds.
What about this one
Randy’s Dig is a private pay dig on private property located in
Kerr County, Texas – the heart of The Texas Hill County.
Dig for arrowheads 7 days a week.
and of course the wonderfully named Digfest
UPDATE________________ LOOTERS message
The picture of digfest you have is me and my best friend. You do not have our permission to show this picture and I would appreciate you removing it immediately.
so picture of people who take without recording has been removed. 🙂
and this one
Yea that was a good day of digging DIGFEST 09 had fun dug up some good ones some of thoes old looters know more about texas point typeology than you ever will and thanks for the link to Randys dig found some good ones there to
So there you have it… looters who are happy to be looters!
I did point out that they may know more but they don’t contribute anything… and the typology that they know was built by archaeologists… they take you lose… 🙂
So there you have it… Looters who are happy to loot your heritage. sad.. sad sad!
Enjoy this looters… and stand proud – you take… we all suffer!
Here, we are seeing mining of sites… this goes beyond surface collection or any other type of artefact collection from the topsoil….this is mining that bears a resemblance to the site looting we see in Bulgaria and Iraq for example.
the image below is from http://www.savingantiquities.org/feature_iraq.php
Can you spot the difference? I can’t… the entire removal of an archaeological site in a disorganised and unskilled way is deplorable? Is it illegal? Well seems that Private land is Private in the USofA and you can do anything it seems… BUT… what about the states legislation of Native American Artefacts and burials? What happens if they hit one? worth a look by the authorities Hmmmmmm
The Archaeology Fieldwork has sent these websites to AZ SHPO and AGs office – but will it force them to be more secrative… and who are these ‘diggers’?
Seems that this is more common than we thought.. but some collectors are not that happy either and demand support and action