This assignment is for you to interview an archaeologist by phone and complete a 2-3 page write up of the conversation. You may interview an archaeologist working at a university or in cultural resource management (CRM). CRM archaeologists ensure that development projects comply with government regulations for managing and preserving cultural and heritage resources.
You are free to choose the questions you would like to ask your subject, but you should include a question about what pathway lead them to a career in archaeology. I have an open discussion forum on Blackboard where you may all exchange ideas about questions you could use in your interview.
Be sure that you are punctual, organized, and that your questions are prepared in advance of your interview. The interview should have a clear purpose, rather than simply being a “fishing expedition” to see what facts you turn up. The purpose might be gaining the unique perspective of an expert in the field, explaining a tricky or technical issue, and/or finding out what projects they are currently working on.
Remember that your interviewee is taking time out of their day to speak with you.
You will write up a 2-3-page double spaced summary of your interview including the following:
the name, position, and qualifications of the person interviewed
date the interview took place
a list of the questions you asked, and a summary and analysis of the answers provided by your interviewee. Do not just paste long quotes form your interviewee into your paper.
what was the most useful piece of information you took away from this conversation?
did your understanding of career(s) in archaeology change based on your interview?
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