That sounds better that a lot of British degree courses. Although, as our
degrees also entitle the holder to two automatic McDonalds gold stars (for
cleaning and customer hospitality) when entering the workplace for the first
time, I feel we may have the edge ;-)
I also heard a rumour that to encourage disenchanted diggers back into the
fold, the IFA is offering an incentive of a limited edition box set of five
magic beans and a lump of coal per person for a limited period (on a
strictly first come first served basis). How could anyone possibly resist?!!
From: James Gibb [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 11 February 2002 15:48
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Reading List
Dave Tooke and Fellow BritArchers:
In the USA, Maryland and several other states offer archaeological
certification programs for avocational archaeologists. These programs are
designed with the knowledge that many of the candidates have conventional
jobs and responsibilities that preclude cllege-level training.
In Maryland, candidates have three years to complete the coursework, which
includes workshops, targeted reading, and field and laboratory experience.
They can apply for a one-year extension. All of the work is conducted under
the supervision of mentors--professional archaeologists--and all candidates
must sign an ethics statement prior to acceptance into the program.
Comparable programs, if not already in place in the UK, are certainly
The guidelines for the Maryland program can be downloaded from the
Archeological Society of Maryland web site:
Just click on Activities, scroll down to the last section of that page, and
click on Certified Archeological Technician program to download the 20+ page
guidelines as a *.pdf file.
Annapolis, Maryland USA