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Folks,

 

I am in the process of preparing the 2nd edition of the ShovelBums 2015 Comprehensive International Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field School Directory to be emailed out on Monday March 2nd. If your professor/administrator has not posted your programs field school yet now is the time to do it. And please encourage who ever is posting it to register on the site (that info is on the field school page) so they (or a flunky) can update it later :-)

 

About The ShovelBums 2015 Comprehensive International Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field School Directory:

 

If you are just getting started with your career in archaeology/anthropology it is important to realize that a field school is imperative to your future career!  A field school will not only open your mind first hand to the wonders of archaeology but it will also lay the ground work for building relationships that will span your whole career.  Case in point: At the SAA's in Memphis

I hooked up to share a room with a buddy, Dr. Joel Palka, from my field school twenty six years ago in Copan, Honduras.  I can't emphasize enough that right now you are at the *start* of your career.  Archaeology and anthropology are small fields and everyone you interact with today will somehow affect your career tomorrow.  At a field school that effect is magnified because field schools function as the 1st level of vetting following choosing a major in anthropology.  Think of it like this.  Everyone who declares a major in anthropology is not going to become an anthropologist.  Of those anthropology majors those who take a field school are showing a dedicated interest in the field and recognize that to become an anthropologist you need to have a field school.  So again while not everyone who takes a field school is also going to continue on in anthropology, the relative percentage of people who will is greatly increased over the general population of majors.

 

So go out and find a great field school and have the best experience of your life! You have this one rare opportunity in your career to hand pick which of some of the most interesting sites that are currently active anywhere in the world that you want to work on.

 

You can view the current Field School entries in the attached PDF with links to each field school embedded.  Or you can view the growing list of field schools at http://www.ShovelBums.org .    If you are on facebook, Google+, Twitter or one of the last seven people on MySpace I would genuinely appreciate it if you could post, tweet, blurt out http://www.ShovelBums.org on your your page (and if we are connected on there feel free to tag me in your link) to help let people know that ShovelBums is now accepting submissions.  ShovelBums has has always worked by word of mouth (and the handy forward button) so your help is always appreciated!

 

NOTE (seriously, I would love to hear from you so I can add some new stuff below! :-): If you are a former student who has found a field school through ShovelBums drop me a note and let me know how this has helped your career. I would like to use your comments in future mailings.  If you are a director of a program that has used ShovelBums I would love to include some quotes as to how ShovelBums has helped you fill your roster, etc… (hint, profs often don’t read this far into email if it does not start off with “Your tenure has been approved…” so you might need to bring this to their attention ;-)  Along with your quote I will include a reference to your current field school that will appear in future mailings.  You can respond to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

If your institutions program is not included yet be sure to forward the relevant information below to the powers that be. 

 

 

Best, 

 

R. Joe

 

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********Please forward, post the information below in your reading room, copy to any relevant listserv, slide under your professors door, bring up in class to earn brownie points, etc... the following notice********

 

 

I am R. Joe Brandon; founder of the 16,500+ member www.ShovelBums.org which has helped to fill over 30,000 academic and CRM positions over the last fifteen years and placed thousands of students in field schools around the world.

 

ShovelBums is the easiest way to announce your field school to the worlds largest community of archaeology/anthropology students and archaeology practitioners in the shortest amount of time.  The process is simple, visit http://www.ShovelBums.org to submit your field school information and photos (please register on the field school information page so you can update your listing later).  I then manually approve the entries which are hosted on the popular ShovelBums.org family of websites.  Your entry can be as detailed as you want and include links to your own web site if your project has one.  About twice a month through the spring season I send the continually updated field school directory to the 16,000+ members of ShovelBums.

 

Why Use ShovelBums?

 

So why should you use ShovelBums.org to announce your field school?  Because the field schools in this directory go out by e-mail* to all 16,500+ members of Shovel Bums LLC as well as being posted on www.ShovelBums.org, one of the most heavily trafficked sites by archaeology students from around the world. Instead of students having to find your announcement somewhere on the web, making your grad students flood e-mail lists with multiple announcements of your program, or students trying to find your field school in print(?), your field school goes directly to your target audience in an easy to share e-mail.  You can be sure that if one of the 16,500 members is not the right one for your field school, they likely have a friend who they can easily forward the list to is!  Because the 2015 Comprehensive Anthropology/Archaeology Field Schools Directory goes out as an e-mail, it is easy for a recipient to forward your announcement on to the interested party.

 

Quote's from some users of ShovelBums Comprehensive Archaeology/Anthropology Field Schools (note no links are provided as these are from previous season):

 

The shovelbums field school directory has been an invaluable resource to me.  I teach two university-sponsored archaeological field schools, both of which were facing cancellation after several summers of low enrollment.  That all changed when we started advertising on shovelbums.  The field school directory allowed us to reach students whose own institutions did not offer field schools, as well as students with interest in our specific geographic region or archaeological time period.  In addition to boosting our enrollments, the diverse mix of quality students gained from shovelbums advertising resulted in some of the best field-school dynamics I've ever had the pleasure to experience.

Tamira Brennan: Southeast Missouri State University Archaeological Field School

 

“Shovelbum" (from the Old English words scofl = shovel/an excavating tool and American English Bum = with no settled residence) is a term used by some archaeologists in the United States to refer to the professional excavators on Cultural resource management projects.  Aside from our formal listing with the AIA, ShovelBums has been our participant’s turn-to location to learn more about the American Institute for Roman Culture, its conservation projects and its field school opportunities in Rome Italy.  Since 2008 their advertisements of our excavation and conservation initiatives have been of invaluable help in getting the world out to the archaeological public about the Institute’s missions and programs.

Lynda Albertson: Ostia Antica - Marina Summer Archaeology Field School

 

Shovelbums is a wonderful resource for advertising academic field schools.   We are a small college in North Carolina, and by using Shovelbums we were able to expand our reach dramatically and recruit students from all over the country.  In addition to increasing our number of participants, this also helped us to be more selective and to increase the quality of the students.  We receive inquiries for the field school from other online sites as well, but students definitely seem drawn to the Shovelbums site and they are the source of most of our non-local contacts.  

Vinnie Melomo: North America - North Carolina - William Peace University Field School in Historical Archaeology of the Lower Cape Fear - 2015

 

Prior to websites, such as ShovelBums, we had to mail out field school flyers to anthropology departments around the country and have them post these around their department.  With the founding of ShovelBums it makes it much easier to reach a wider range of not only students, but also non-students that are interested in attending a field school.  We always ask individuals how they found out about our event when they contact us requesting additional information and at least 50% say that they found our listing on your website.  As such, ShovelBums has obviously helped us a great deal in making initial contact with potential  field school participants. 

Since many field schools advertise their events through ShovelBums I think it allows students/participants to use a single source to locate and compare potential field schools.  As a result, the site serves as an important source for perspective field school participants.  ShovelBums allow participants to be smart, well informed shoppers. 

Lastly, unlike other sources of advertisement that we use, ShovelBums enables us to provide much more detailed information about our field school.  This is really important for potential field school participants.  We have found that because they are investing their hard earned money (or Mom and Dad's) and several weeks of their life on a field school, that they want to obtain as much information as they can about the event before they commit. 

Scott D. Brosowske: Courson Archaeological Research Field School

 

ShovelBums is a fantastic source for spreading the word about archaeological excavations. Many of our past students at the necropolis of Pintia learned about the program through ShovelBums. 

Europe - Spain - Celtic-Iron Age Necropolis of Pintia - 2015

 

The Shovel Bums web site listing for our program has proven to be our principal recruitment resource, providing exposure to students from around the world. 

N.A. Easton: North America - Canada - Yukon - Alaska Borderlands Culture History Project - 2015, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

 

Shovelbums Field School Directory has become my principal means to attract students online. I have found a significant number of students from across the country who have significantly enriched our program. There is really no other comparable website.  

Richard Boisvert, NH State Archaeologist:  Survey and Test Excavations at the Jefferson VI Paleoindian Site

 

Maya Research Program wanted to thank you for producing the 2012 Field School Directory. Shovelbums' directory is a valuable resource for students and volunteers and we greatly appreciate your time in putting it together. It has definitely made more people aware of our program - about 1/5 of MRP's website's traffic comes from Shovelbums. Our students are very aware of it  - in fact - you would be hard pressed to find a student who has not heard of Shovelbums (or doesn't own an awesome SB t-shirt ). Thank you again for producing such a great resource!  

Colleen Hanratty: Central America - Belize - Maya Research Program's 24th archaeological field season - 2015

 

So who are these "Shovel Bums" and why are they good to reach?

 

I founded ShovelBums LLC in 1999 as a niche resource for the archaeology and CRM community focusing exclusively on professional job advertisements.  Because of the narrow focus of ShovelBums it grew quickly to have the worlds largest professional membership of archaeologists & CRMers.  I recognized that many ShovelBums members are the students who read their e-mail everyday while preparing for a future in archaeology, anthropology, or CRM and who understood that a field school is critical to their success in this career. To facilitate these student’s education I expanded ShovelBums in 2004 to include the popular annual Comprehensive Archaeology/Anthropology Field Schools Directory.

 

The great thing about ShovelBums having 16,000 members is that even if the student or professor who reads your advertisement is not your target they likely know a friend or student who is. 

 

For the Prospective Student: A Little About the Importance of Archaeology and Anthropology Field Schools:

 

If you are just getting started with your career in archaeology/anthropology it is important to realize that a field school is imperative to your future career!  A field school will not only open your mind first hand to the wonders of archaeology but it will also lay the ground work for building relationships that will span your whole career.  Case in point: At the SAA's in Memphis I hooked up to share a room with a buddy, Dr. Joel Palka, from my field school twenty six years ago in Copan, Honduras.  I can't emphasize enough that right now you are at the *start* of your career.  Archaeology and anthropology are small fields and everyone you interact with today will somehow affect your career tomorrow.  At a field school that effect is magnified because field schools function as the 1st level of vetting following choosing a major in anthropology.  Think of it like this.  Everyone who declares a major in anthropology is not going to become an anthropologist.  Of those anthropology majors those who take a field school are showing a dedicated interest in the field and recognize that to become an anthropologist you need to have a field school.  So again while not everyone who takes a field school is also going to continue on in anthropology, the relative percentage of people who will is greatly increased over the general population of majors.

 

So go out and find a great field school and have the best experience of your life!  You have this one rare opportunity in your 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.

 

You can view the current Field School entries in the attached PDF with links to each field school embedded.  Or you can view the growing list of field schools at http://www.shovelbums.net/index.php/view-field-schools. It helps everyone out if you take a minute to forward the attached PDF or post the link to http://www.shovelbums.net/index.php/view-field-schools on your own relevant social network.  If you are on facebook, Google+ or one of the last seven people on MySpace I would genuinely appreciate it if you could add a link to the field schools on your page and if we are connected on there feel free to tag me in your link.  ShovelBums has has always worked by word of mouth (and the handy forward button) so your help is always appreciated!

 

If your institutions program is not included yet be sure to forward the relevant information below to the powers that be. 

 

 

Best, 

 

R. Joe

 

PS Already attended a field school? Then check out the ShovelBums Gear Store and show you know your stuff!

 

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