Interviewing Students

We’re gonna do some timetravel today as this video was filmed onsite during the dig a few weeks ago. I asked some students how they were finding the dig. We talked about how it matched their expectations, how it compared to other digs and some other stuff. If you would like an insight into what it’s like to work on a dig like this then this is a good place to start!

Let me know if you have any questions for our students I will be sure to pass them and a big thank you goes to the people who helped me make this video! Thank you for letting me take you into the woods for an ‘interview’ and trust that I wasn’t going to murder you (I didn’t).

~Amy 🙂

Archaeology Student Q + A

I asked some of you guys on Instagram what questions you have for an Archaeology student and here are your answers! I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any other questions then please let me know. If I get enough I might make a part two. During the video I am playing with the Tiger ‘excavation kit’ which lets you pretend to excavate a dinosaur (yes I address archaeology vs paleontology in the video). It was fun at first but then I got bored and my hand started to bleed so I gave up with the small tools you get and used a hammer instead. The small one was fun though! This is in no way connected to Tiger I just thought it was a nice idea and if you want to buy one you can get it at your local ‘Flying Tiger Copenhagen’ shop.

So I take you’ve watched the video now? Great! In it I mentioned a question from Jay that went like this: ‘I’m starting next year doing Cultural Heritage Management! What’s the department like? Any hints and tips?’ and I thought this was an interesting question that needed a more in depth answer. As far as ‘hints and tips’ go I think this interactive YouTube game I made for the department last year will be helpful. You can check it out here:
https://blogs.york.ac.uk/student-voices/2019/01/20/day-life-archaeology-student/ and you can also check out my article about things to look forward to as an archaeology student here:
https://blogs.york.ac.uk/student-voices/2019/02/25/3-things-to-look-forward-to-archaeology/

I asked some of my fellow students what they think in response to this question and I got a few replies! Here a some of them:

  • ‘Get books quickly they’re gobbled up fast!’
  • ‘Your lecturers are your friends!! Get involved with what they’re up to and you’ll definitely have a great time.’
  • ‘It’s hard work, a lot of fun, go to the pub trips after lectures they’re really informative. Quite hands on. Very interesting.’
  • ‘Studying archaeology at York is one of the best things I ever chose to do. It’s not like other universities, studying at King’s Manor is so unique and refreshing to learn in.’

This is the link to the article about the hand that I mentioned in the video:
https://www.vindolanda.com/news/bronze-hand-discovery and here are the links to the reports on the Archaeology industry:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/archaeologist
https://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/Archaeological%20Market%20Survey%202017-18.pdf
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/advice/careers-in-archaeology/getting-started/how-much-do-archaeologists-earn.htm

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed I had a great time making this video, please leave any feedback down in the comments! See you next time,

~Amy 🙂