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Archaeologists dig for jobs

22 July 2015

Rachel Atkinson

New cohort of undergraduates and masters have landed roles in the field

Trowels and brushes are at the ready for a group of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduates who have landed jobs as field archaeologists.

Six recent graduates have gained positions at the same archaeology company, Oxford Archaeology, while the remaining cohort have taken on full-time permanent roles at the Category Archaeological Trust and GUARD Archaeology Limited.

The mix of undergraduate and masters students, who took to the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall last week to received their awards, have completed their degree over three and four years respectively.

“It’s the quality and depth of the fieldwork and practical provision that gets them the jobs.”

(A selection of the new archaeology graduates who have secured full-time archaeology roles at a host of different companies.)

During this time they have spent between 10 and 14 weeks on educational digs at a selection of excavation sites across the country. The hands on experiences have come at local sites including the Ribchester Roman fort and Whitewell Neolithic enclosures while projects further afield have included the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Oakington, in Cambridgeshire and Garn Turne Neolithic monuments, in Wales. Some of the group have even travelled to California to widen their learning experience.

Dr James Morris, a Lecturer in archaeology, said: “It’s the quality and depth of the fieldwork and practical provision that gets them the jobs. We’re delighted so many have started work so soon, even before their graduation ceremony. It’s great their hard work throughout the course has been rewarded in this way.”