Rather like the contestants of 'Pop Idol' isn't
there already a stereotype of 'archaeologist'
that the British media puts across?
It seems little changed from that promoted by
Mortimer Wheeler and Stuart Piggot in the 1950's;
wildly eccentric clothing (in their case,
bow-ties in varying shades, tweed suits, plus
fours, nowadays stripy jumpers, Barbour jackets,
etc), odd facial hair, mannered speech patterns
(for which read the modern-day eccentric rural
accent). The worst part is that archaeologists
are even allowed to be boring, if it fits the
stereo-type that eccentric 'boffins' are by
nature boring (but may have predelictions to
hedonism, if at least they enjoy a drink!!) And
as for their treatment of women....
I am not in a position to criticise anyone who
appears as a 'media archaeologist', but as with
the contestants on 'Pop Idol' I am interested in
those who are rejected. It seems to me a
certainty that for every 'media archaeologist'
who gets to 'star' a greater number get rejected.
Does the media discriminate against
archaeologists it feels don't fit their created
stereotype (without considering their
archaeological abilities)? As a profession should
archaeologists support discrimination of this
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