Welcome to R. Joe's ShovelBums.org
Your Adventure in Archaeology Starts Here!
If you are looking to start a career in archaeology or CRM it begins, and ends, here. This is where your peers and mentors all started (except the really old ones that I worked with back in the day when we only heard about jobs by word of mouth, fax machines, and printed letters).
ShovelBums is also home to the Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools.
The great thing? If one of the members of ShovelBums is not the right fit for the position, it is likely they know someone who is!
You can read more about the how and why you should be using ShovelBums for your academic or CRM position announcements here (Hint: its cheap and huge!)
First: Get a chicken.
Second: Follow this link and there are instructions on how to join. It only takes a couple of minutes and it is mostly painless.
Third: Get rid of the chicken.
BUT! You really should join the ShovelBums mailing list to be notified immediately by email when a job comes out. Besides the immediacy of email, the emails you receive have full contact information in them, when the job postings that are archived online they have their email addresses obfuscated for security. So show your future employer you are smart and join the email list, it is relatively low volume and you can choose a digest mode. But it really is the smart way to keep current on jobs.
Errata ShovelBums in undergoing some intermittent upgrades. Sorry if you run into any glitches. If you do. Feel free to drop me a not using the contact form (it is located in the left hand column at the bottom).
A field school will not only open your mind first hand to the wonders of archaeology and other cultures but it will also lay the ground work for building relationships that will span your whole career. Some of the people you meet during field school will become friends who you will still be socializing with 40 years from now. But always remember this, Archaeology and anthropology are incredibly small fields and everyone you interact with today will somehow affect your career tomorrow. So do not be a jerk at field school, do not go in believing you are the best thing to hit anthropology since Margret Mead. Go with an open mind, go as an anthropologist and observe, learn, and assimilate.
So go browse ShovelBum's Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools and find a great field school. I guarantee you will have the best experience of your life! You have this one rare opportunity in your life, and your new career, to hand pick which one of some of the most interesting sites that are currently active anywhere in the world, that you want to work on. And even if you don't plan on becoming a professional archaeologist? A field school will change you, in a positive way, forever.
Trust me (I am a scientist!) when I tell you this opportunity is golden. Go for it.
That would be awesome! The deal always was that if you did find a job or field school through ShovelBums and we crossed paths and you had some extra per-diem in your pocket I would love for you to buy me a beer and tell me about your career. But the truth is I rarely get to cross paths with people ShovelBums has helped so I set up a link (at the bottom of the page) where you can virtually buy me a beer if you like. The best part? If you do support ShovelBums this way you get to have your name inscribed on The Hall Of The Chosen and receive eternal good field and lab karma - quite a bargain!
And if you are broke and can't donate? Welcome to your profession! :-) But I do hope ShovelBums is able to help you in a meaningful way in your career and someday we get to meet up.
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