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Making good careers in archaeology

9 October 2014

ASE community heritage project at the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket

Dominic Perring's presentation as part of a conference on Archaeology, pay and training has recently been published online by the Institute for Archaeologists.

On 2 November 2013 the Diggers’ Forum and Prospect Archaeology Branch held an open conference to discuss the twin issues of pay and training in archaeology and to explore whether the industry could do more.

The conference heard papers from a range of perspectives and there was lively discussion of the issues between audience and speakers.

Dominic was invited to speak to the Prospect and Diggers Forum conference as a representative of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) to highlight some wider industry views and explain what actions employers are taking to improve working conditions within archaeology.

His presentation on Making good careers in archaeology: some thoughts on present challenges outlined the need for better recognition of archaeology's 'research product'. He indicated the importance of advocating the public benefits of properly conducted investigative research, for archaeology to have continued social relevance.

As Dominic noted:

  • "....if quality products are embedded in our expectations of archaeological outcomes, then skills will be at premium, and consequently investment in pay and training will be rewarded. We can make working in contract archaeology a better career choice by rethinking and re-engineering the purpose and product of our work."

The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA), led by Dominic, is hosting a new seminar series on 'The value of commercial archaeology', with events taking place at the Institute of Archaeology and Archaeology South-East offices in Essex and Sussex. The first seminar is being held on 17 October. Read more»