OnceAndFutureGrad Posted March 1, 2011 Share Posted March 1, 2011 Hi everyone, I wanted to ask a number of archaeology people some questions. I know you're all jumpy and anxious dealing with graduate school results at the moment, so I understand if you find me impertinent or presumptuous. If you could spare a few moments, though, I would really appreciate your input. I'm 23 years old and about to finish an MA in Medieval Studies with a focus in art history. Just before this I got my BA in History and Medieval Studies, including a year abroad at UCC in Ireland and a 28,000-word senior thesis on early Icelandic history. My true passion is the early medieval north Atlantic, c. 400-1100. As you can see from my signature I applied to art history and Medieval Studies PhDs and I have five art history programs to hear from yet. But the more I think about early medieval art, the more I realize that I actually care about material culture itself. I am seriously considering taking a year off to regroup and reconsider my future, and it is possible that that future is in historical archaeology. Now, don't worry, I've only seen Indiana Jones once and not even the whole way through. I know that archaeology involves painstakingly careful excavation and cataloging and it is not at all glamorous. I also know that I have to start over somewhat - I'm just hoping that I don't have to return to undergrad. Fortunately I am young, and have no debt from my current or previous programs, so I am willing to spend the time and money to get into the field properly. It seems like the next step would be to attend a field school to see if I can really withstand the challenges of excavation. Unfortunately searches on Shovel Bums and Google are not turning up anything near me so it may be a while before I can afford to travel to one. Does the period and location of the dig matter, or is it more important just to have experience? Are some field schools better than others, and/or should certain ones be avoided altogether? If I decided to continue, I would like to get an MA or other post-graduate degree in archaeology. Could I do this with an undergraduate degree in history? Because of my particular interest, it seems like getting a degree in northern Europe would be ideal. The UK distance learning programs, such as those offered by U of Leicester and U of Exeter, seem absolutely perfect for me. Are these too good to be true? Do you have any experience either with these programs, or their graduates? I really appreciate your help. Thank you very much. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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