Re finds assistant.
I would just like to correct a few misapprehensions.
The staff at Bamburgh are all prefessional field archaeologist, but they
are not paid a wage for working at Bamburgh, just simple expenses. This
does not preclude them from being professionals. Just on a busmans holiday,
The project is research based and is run on a non profit making basis, so
any inference that we are abusing people is misplaced, and the only people
who actually make a financial loss at Bamburgh are the staff. It is only
through their altruism that this research project and field school can run
annually, and the students who do attend can actually learn the skills of
archaeology from people who actually do the job on a day to day basis.
Many students have excavated at Bamburgh and I hope everyone has learned
something. This finds post falls a little way between the two though. It is
not a staff post but not a student one either. The Finds Director will be
on site for the first and last week of excavation to begin/end the process,
and there is another finds specialist on hand, but prefering to dig/look
after her baby, to washing pot.
There are also around a further 10 staff members, at least 3 of which have
professional finds experience to fall back on should the need arise.
In conclusion, the finds person will not be chained to any desk (unless
they provide their own chain). They will not starve, as the food is
excellent. They will not be isolated or expected to start a finds process
from scratch, as there are lots of finds people to stick their noses in,
and there is already an excellent system in operation, which simply needs
to be kept ticking along, by someone who wants who come and participate in
an excellent project in a beautiful landscape with an great bunch of
On a final note, I would like to extend my thanks to all the people who
have aided the project over the years, since without their help, we would
have had to fold a long time ago.
Baburgh Research Project