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ShovelBums is the worlds largest provider of Archaeology, Academic, and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) related jobs. Since 1999 ShovelBums has filled over 30,000 positions in academia, archaeology and CRM.

If you are looking to start a career in archaeology or CRM it begins, and ends, here. This is where your peers and mentors all started (except the really old ones that I worked with back in the day when we only heard about jobs by word of mouth, fax machines, and printed letters).

ShovelBums is also home to the Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools.

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The great thing? If one of the members of ShovelBums is not the right fit for the position, it is likely they know someone who is! 

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RIP Leonard Nimoy March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015
Spock: An inspiration to generations of scientists...

“...of all the souls I've encountered in my travels, his was the most human.” 

#LiveLongandProsperSpock. You always have, and always will be, my friend. #GoodbyeSpock #Vulcan #RIPSpock #Spock

You can share this video on twitter with this short URL http://bit.ly/Spocks_Burial_In_Wrath_of_Khan





I am in the process of preparing the 2nd edition of the ShovelBums 2015 Comprehensive International Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field School Directory to be emailed out on Monday March 2nd. If your professor/administrator has not posted your programs field school yet now is the time to do it. And please encourage who ever is posting it to register on the site (that info is on the field school page) so they (or a flunky) can update it later :-)


About The ShovelBums 2015 Comprehensive International Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field School Directory:


If you are just getting started with your career in archaeology/anthropology it is important to realize that a field school is imperative to your future career!  A field school will not only open your mind first hand to the wonders of archaeology but it will also lay the ground work for building relationships that will span your whole career.  Case in point: At the SAA's in Memphis

As students face the resumption of classes and snow bound field workers are tasked with lab jobs to see them through the lean months we all face a similar challenge. How do we not loose our willpower with not only New Years Resolutions, but also when confronted with the day to day grind of voluminous database entry and excruciating artifact sorting and analysis?  I read a very interesting article today on this subject on i09 How to Make Your Willpower Stronger -- According to Science.

A brief summary of the article is in this list.  But do read the whole article it is really very interesting.

You have died of dysentery - Oregon Trail MSDOS


Dating back to the days when you could count the number of ShovelBums in the country on two hands after three bourbons comes the greatest treasure trove of MSDOS (that's Microsoft Disk Operating System kids) games ever.  You can play these *now* for free, in your browser, with no plugin needed.  So now it't time to hitch up your oxen (its ethnology in action!) , put on your fedora (this is why your office bound PI dresses the way they do), or pull out your Duke Nukem Laser Gun (because, well, its kinda fun):


paul revere time capsule, 1795

X-ray of time capsule


Paul Revere, Samuel Adams Time Capsule


The (modern) public is getting its first glimpse inside a time capsule dating to 1795 and believed placed by Samuel Adams and other Revolutionary War figures that will be opened live on Monday at 6pm and go on display Tuesday evening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

Tomb of previously unknown 5th dynasty pharaonic queen found in EgyptNote the meter sticks :-) This picture is in a lot of news articles, but it is actually the tomb of Princess Shert Nebti in Abu Sir,

south of Cairo, dating from around 2,500 BC and discovered in 2012

Austrian Filmmaker stopped from continuing "archaeological" excavations of "Nazis’ ‘biggest secret weapons facility"

Waffen SS helmet found by Sulzer's crew.

Waffen SS helmet found by Sulzer's crew.

Austrian Filmaker Andreas Sulzer reports that he is close to exposing the largest secret weapons facility built by the Nazi's during WWII using slave labor from the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. But according to reports other than having Historian Rainer Karlsch on as an advisor there is no indication that he is using a professional Archaeologists to conduct these investigations. As a result Austrian authorities have shut down his excavation pending further permitting.  However Sulzer states that he believes they will be back excavating again in only a few weeks...

Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

January 1st, 2015. The first page of a new years book

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January 1st, 2015

Today is the 1st page of a new 365 page book that only you can write. Others might annotate it, but only you hold the pen that fills your pages. Behind you are the closed and bound volumes of years past that fill the shelves of the Library Of Your Life. Don't spend another year aimlessly flipping through those worn and tattered old books on your shelves wasting your days with "...if only...",  "...why didn't I?" and "I wish I would have started this then...".

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