The best and worst of archaeology!
Akosua Asomani asked:
In your opinion, what would you say is the worst part of being an archaeologist?
Our top archaeologist, Julian Richards replied:
The worst (and really the only bad) part of being an archaeologist is having to deal with the weather. If it’s good then everyone is happy, you can get on with digging and recording easily and it’s great to be able to sit outside at tea breaks.
However, if it’s cold and wet and windy than you’re always worried about damaging the archaeology and it just makes everything much more difficult when you, the tools, the vehicles and all the records are covered in mud. And you can’t dig a flooded site!
Caoimhe Durkin wanted to know the positives! She asked:
Do you like being an archaeologist? What is the best thing about it?
Julian Richards replied:
Of course I like being an archaeologist! I’ve been doing it all my life (I went on my first dig in 1970.....) and the best thing, which still makes me excited, is the sense of discovery, digging up clues like pottery, bones and flint tools that tell the story about what people were doing in the past.
I also love the teaching and explaining side of it – particularly digging with school children when I can explain how to do it properly and also share in the excitement of making finds. It’s just like being an explorer, except rather than going and exploring remote countries, you’re exploring the past.
So there you have it – the best and the worst of archaeology according to Julian Richards!
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