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IfA Council Statement on Archaeological Salaries


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.

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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


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How To Get Involved In Archaeology – A short Guide

This short guide is designed to help answer some of the basic questions that are asked about getting started in archaeology, whether as an interested amateur a determined schoolchild or a student getting ready to leave university or college. It can’t be completely comprehensive, without being hundreds of pages long, but hopefully adds enough detail, and links to other resources to satisfy most questions.
Whatever your reason for reading this, please remember that archaeology is supposed to be enjoyable, it’s why you should do it. It won’t make you rich, and probably won’t make you famous, but it might just give you something different in your life.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Confucius (551-479BC).
This guide was produced by
David Connolly, BAJR © (http://www.bajr.org)

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2000 year old sewn ship found in Croatia

Reconstruction of a seagoing sewn ship - Murman shnjaka.

Reconstruction of a seagoing sewn ship - Murman shnjaka.

Well, as I have just returned from Croatian Island of Cres (where I have been on survey – more about that later) I found this.. and could do with a find like tht myself!! Pity I can’t stand doing more than paddling!


read the whole article above

Archaeologists have found an ancient sewn ship over 2000 years old in Novalia, Croatia.

According to a report in Archaeological Discovery, the ship was found in the Caska Bay on the Island of Pag, near Novalja.

The lower part of the ship was found, body panels, ship skeleton and stitches, which the panels were connected with.

The research, which was organized by the city of Novalja in cooperation with the Zadar University and the French national institute for scientific research, was led by professor Zdenko Brusic from the Zadar University.

“In Roman times, Novalja was known for its port accommodation and was located on the old sea route from Greece to northern Italy and central Europe. The ships would wait in Novalja for suitable winds and because of that a town developed there that had various suitable services,” said Brusic.


see more about the sewn boat here, as well as images (like the one shown above) here


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Past Horizons – Student WHS Trowel Offer

TROWEL FOR A TENNER – click here

 To prepare you for the digging season, Past Horizons has this amazing offer for students only.

A     4″ WHS Arcaheologists Trowel for a Tenner!

This will help you on your summer fieldwork and help us support our project in Croatia

This offer is only open to students.. and we trust ya!    Also the limit is one trowel per person…  🙂

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BAJR Survey March – Contractors Survey


Now available. >

A further follow up survey will continue to monitor the current and future trends.

The Bottom Line

There have been severe redundancies in archaeology particularly for some sectors and certain sizes of company. However, redundancy is far from universal for all sectors and sizes. For 80% of consultancies, 54% of contractors and 100% of specialist companies redundancy is not and has not been on the agenda. There is hope also for the moment that the worst might be over. No consultancies are planning redundancies and only 10% of contractors intend making people redundant in the next three months. 16% of contractors, 30% of consultants and 38% of specialist companies report an increase in the number of enquiries and there is a similar increase in the number of DBAs being undertaken. In terms of geographical area Ireland is clearly the worst hit area. In our view the wide variation in what is happening makes it difficult to interpret the statistics with any certainty. The data set was 102 responses out of 189 companies. What is clear is that there has been a major expansion which has been followed by a major contraction in a very short period of time. Similarly it is clear that archaeology has enjoyed a period of continuous growth since1995 and at some point this had to come to an end.

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IfA recession seminar

The following was written by Paul Belford after/dutring his visit to the IfA Seminar on the crisis in Archaeology.   It was held in London, and cost 30 quid for non IfA members, so this is very very kind of Paul to have taken teh time and effort to report on something that affects us all.

Here is a short report on my perspective on the IfA recession seminar. This was held at the Museum of London Docklands on 16th February 2009, and was intended to provide a forum for discussion of the various issues which are affecting the profession at the present time.

The meeting was chaired by Taryn Dixon (Managing Director of Museum of London Archaeology) who introduced proceedings – the aim of the day was to try and identify key priorities for the IfA collective effort for the sector during the recession. As well as continuing to protect the heritage itself, protection of people working in the heritage sector was also important…….   read on here on Pauls Blog

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CA Festival of Archaeology Conference

First off.. I would like to thank Lisa, Rob, and of course Andrew Selkirk for a brilliant conference. And another big thanks to the Cardiff students who worked their socks off, as well as the guy, who kindly lent me a couple of cigs! (and his lighter). The conference was more than I could have expected, it was well attended, and I took copious notes from more than a score of seminars I attended. I intend to write this all up into a review for Past Horizons magazine. Did it inspire? YES. Did it give me information that even as a professional I found fascinating and relevant? YES. Did it talk down to the public who attended? NO. There were so many highlights, and so many great speakers I am going to have trouble fitting it all in. In truth, if I was to pick out one single event? A[prat from the kids in the National museum being Neanderthal musicians.. to walk through a museum with drums and whoops — inspired! Nice one Steve Mithen! As I said, if I was to pick one talk… it would be Prof Brian Fagan who proceeded to talk without his images (when the Mac refused to connect to the projector) and hold the entire audience rapt with all the skill of a Homeric Poet, as he went on to explain one reason why archaeology is relevant in the 21st century, examining the connection between the Medieval Warm period, and what is happening right now with climate change. His words were a warning from the past and a hope from the future – as he said, will humanity survive.. yes we will, as archaeology has taught us that no matter what, we as a species are infinitely adaptable.. and although the world will change.. it always does, civilisations will fall and rise, we will survive.. I came away thinking, I have just heard a classic. Will I go to the next one? You betcha. Will I say to you.. sign up! YES YES YES if you go to one conference in 2010.. go to the next one in London. Watch out for the next issue of Past Horizons and ca to read more. (5 star!)

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