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Anyone with experience balancing field work and chronic illness?

I'm an undergrad anthro/archaeology student and am starting my first field school soon, which I'm very excited about, but am also a bit worried about how to balance my chronic illness with it, and with the demands of this profession in general. I have ankylosing spondylitis, so my hips and back aren't in the best shape to begin with and will continue to fuse over the course of my life- it's pretty well managed with medication and I'm an active person and spend lots of time hiking, but I definitely still have more pain and less mobility than most people in their 20s. Given that field work is pretty taxing on your joints and things like CRM come with long periods of travel and physical activity, I know that it isn't the most accommodating to unpredictable autoimmune flare-ups, but I also have to imagine that there are archaeologists out there who have chronic illnesses/autoimmune diseases/other musculoskeletal disorders who have found a way to make it work! If that's you, what sort of work do you do, how have you managed to find a balance between your work and your health, what have you found the archaeology world's reception to chronic illness/mobility issues to be, and what advice would you give entering into archaeology on how to navigate balancing health with the realities of this field?

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Concerning the tall archaeologists amongst us: Question regarding wellbeing & fitness.

Hello everyone!

I have recently been hired by an archaeological group in the UK, and I couldn't be happier! I am 6'7", and not the most fit person, yet I am well aware of the expectations this job brings for general fitness and exertion.

I was wondering how the taller folks in this group handle physical work, and any tips/advice to assist in not losing the opportunity of my lifetime to physical pain/struggles. If course, I will take any advice from anyone of any height!

Thank you everyone, have a great day!

08:41 UTC


30 Circular Stone Tombs of Children from 2800 Years Ago Found in Norway Are a Unique Discovery in Europe

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Stratigraphic Profile question

Hello, for a class I am assigned to draw out a stratigraphic column based on this image:

But I am confused. In the measurements given for 101 for example, would the mbd represent where the layer begins or ends? If layer 1 is begins at 0 and layer 2 at 32 mbd, where would layer 2 end? Or does it and at 32 mbd, and I should guesstimate where layer 1 ends? This was not explained to us in class or in the textbook at all.


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Is it true the pyramid of Baka is a trash dump, and if yes, why?

I thought I read once the The Unfinished Northern Pyramid of Zawyet El Aryan, also known as Pyramid of Baka, is now a trash dump. Is that true? Also, why? Wouldn't they want to save the site for research?

15:56 UTC


Going on my first expedition

Hii everyone ! I'm a 22 archeology students and i'm going on my first archeological excavation this summer ! I'm sooo happy emans kinda stress at the same time 😅 do you have any advices for me ?? Have a great day yall 🫶

09:03 UTC


Despite the Harsh Ecological Conditions, Modern Humans Occupied the Center of the Iberian Peninsula During the Upper Paleolithic

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What is the work-life balance of an archeologist

I’m starting school next fall for archeology and was just wondering what the work to life balance is if you get time off stuff like that.

00:59 UTC


Starting uni next year and need laptop recs

Don’t know if i need something fancy for whatever software or just a run of the mill laptop, my course is just BA Archaeology Major.

20:18 UTC


Ancient/Paleolithic Tattoo designs (region specific)

I've recently been looking into ancient (specifically mummified) tattoo designs. I think that prehistory is fascinating, and I think a tattoo referencing something like that would be fascinating and cool, and also one applied with a similar (sterile) method (that's not my question here, I've looked into that) would be badass.

I'm of southern Italian descent. I personally like my tattoos to carry a message (frankly jealous of all the whimsical tattoo people out there haha), so I'd love for it to relate to my heritage. Not Scythian, which doesn't line up but has been popping up in my research about the archaeology and region.

My questions:

  1. Does anyone (anthropologist, body mod, random beautiful Redditor) know of any pictures/references (animals specifically) of tattoos that may relate to this region, and;

  2. If so, any messages behind why they had these tats? I read about animals in an "s-shape" specifically that represent personal pain, which really speaks to me (not talking about that bit).

I know this is a really niche question, so it's a shot in the dark. But can't hurt to ask. If anyone has any reference photos, links, or suggestions, I'm super open!

Thank you everyone in advance!

07:27 UTC


Archaeologist as a professional career

I love learning about the things that happened in the past.I studied archaeology in my country for a year and a half but the universities were closed because of political issues and plus even if they weren’t closed,our education system still sucks and there are no career opportunities for this archaeology field.How and where should I start learning archaeology again?What are the job opportunities for archaeology major?Where to start to becoming an archaeologist to work at archaeological sites?

05:12 UTC


Marketable skills

Salve, omnes! I am trying to add skills to my resume so I can get a good archaeology job either in the US or overseas. What should I prioritize, as far as the technological (GIS, GPR, etc) skills go? I have extensive excavation experience, but getting some tech skills seems like a good idea. TIA!!

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Very passionate about archaeology, and want to become an archaeologist.

Hi, I am a 15 year old high school student who is going to be a sophomore the coming up school year and I’m extremely passionate about archaeology.

I’ve already taken AP Modern World History, passed, and hopefully will get the college credit for it after taking the AP Test (I was trying to finish within the time limit and read the prompt wrong for the LEQ). I signed up for AP Gov for next year after not knowing that there was AP U.S. History available, but I can always switch classes.

I would love to know some things that I should do ahead of time, tips, as well as some answers to some questions:

  1. If I can’t find a college to get a degree in archaeology in, what should I major and maybe minor in to have this career? Anthropology?

  2. After college and after I’ve taken the correct courses, what would be my next steps?

  3. How easy is it to get a job as an archaeologist, and is the field really competitive?

  4. How often do you get a new site job? And how much do you get to travel? If so, would the company employing you pay for travel, and some other expenses?

  5. Are there internships available to college students for different sites (that would look good on resumes)?

Sorry for the MANY questions, just very curious and passionate. I want to be able to prepare for this in the case this will be my career, and I want to do things now that way I can get all the help I need in the long run. Thank you, and any information would absolutely help so much.

03:45 UTC


Chares, the Athenian General who Held Power to Enrich Himself and his Supporters without Ever Winning a Major Battle

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Hi everybody! This is my first ever reddit post. I am a graduatestudent i archaeology from Denmark and are currently writing my masters thesis on the usage of reconstructions in archaeology, specifically when disseminating in a museum exhibition. I am curious what you guys, professionals and non professionals, think about using reconstrictions when disseminating the past. What pros and cons do you think there are?

21:10 UTC


How accurate was Deetz's "In Small Things Forgotten"?

Deetz's "In Small Things Forgotten" presents the early Anglo-American culture and mindset up to about 1700 or so as being basically still "medieval." He describes it as a cultural system built mostly by yeomen's and husbandmen's families, whose outlooks hadn't changed too much since the Middle Ages compared to their elite counterparts and urban people in London.

On Deetz's account, it sounds like you got local mutations of that original medieval/traditional agrarian culture (some of it adapting to local conditions; some of it apparently random drift), but not much penetration of what he calls "Renaissance" or "Georgian" outlooks until the 18th century.

Hopefully I'm paraphrasing it correctly. In any event, how accurate is that picture of Anglo-American settler culture up to 1700 or so?

19:56 UTC


Latin language

Where and how did you study Latin ? Can you give me some advice ?

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