Archive for May, 2014

‘Archaeologists have enlightened Anatolian history… but the state has darkened archaeologists’ futures… [Anadolu tarihini arkeologlar aydınlattı… ama devlet arkeologların geleceğini kararttı…]’

As I will explain later today, from now on, I am going to be posting far less (even less) on unfree archaeology – though I will hopefully post some more about this particular subject. Indeed, hopefully, I will publish at least one article on resistance to unemployment in Turkey (and elsewhere).


Maney Archaeology (@ManeyArchaeo) has advertised Maney’s (general) Leeds Graduate Internship Programme (ideally, in humanities publishing) and London Graduate Internship Programme (ideally, in science publishing).(1) I couldn’t immediately find Maney’s profit margin; but, for example, Elsevier makes 36% pure profit; and academic publishers in general are estimated to make about 20-30%; yet Maney’s interns are unpaid.

An extortionist, who targeted archaeologists through their work, has been imprisoned for six-and-a-half years. The Mikolayev/Nikolaev District Court had previously convicted him of (and put him on probation for) ‘fraud [мошенничество]’. On the 29th of April 2014, the Court of Appeal upheld his conviction and sentence, which reflected the extortion and the violation of the conditions of his probation. This is not related to the crisis.

Volunteer, intern, worker? Invisible, marginalised, undervalued? The peer-reviewed, open-access Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA @piajournal) want you to write about your experiences anonymously (or openly) for PIA Forum 2014 (#PIAForum2014). Contact senior editor Hana Koriech. This could be a step towards progress in the movement against free archaeology and other exploitation in cultural heritage labour.

Over on Conflict Antiquities, I’ve put up a note on the (open) question of how to acknowledge and/or protect public sources, who might be persecuted for statements on social media, and who might delete those statements in order to protect themselves. The problem is more one of unfree archaeology, so I’m not entirely sure why it’s over there, but there it is (in both senses).

Doug Rocks-Macqueen (@openaccessarch) and Chris Webster (@ArcheoWebby) have meticulously (and patiently, up-to-the-last-minute) edited an open access book on blogging archaeology.

There has been a call for action for archaeologists’ employment (arkeolog istihdamı için eylem çağrısı). Archaeologists in Turkey will meet outside the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Ankara at 2pm on the 5th of May.

call for action for archaeologists' employment (arkeolog istihdamı için eylem çağrısı)

call for action for archaeologists’ employment (arkeolog istihdamı için eylem çağrısı)

In other news, the Archaeologists’ Union has applied to the Interior Ministry for funding for a Project to Find Ways to Solve the Problem of Employment for Unemployed Archaeologists and to Increase Public Awareness of Our Cultural Heritage (İşsiz Arkeologların İstihdam Sorununa Çözüm Yolları Bulmak ve Toplumda Kültür Varlıklarımızın Farkındalığının Artırılması Projesi).

Ukrainian cultural worker Leonid Liptuga and sculptor Oleg Chernoivanov have built a monument to museum workers who, ‘despite the low wages and low prestige of their profession, remain faithful to their work [які попри низьку заробітну плату і невеликий престиж професії, залишаються вірні своїй справі]’. It is a sculpture of a pyramid born aloft by rats. Archaeologist Yakov Gershkovich has been kind enough to explain that they are ‘wise rats‘, which bear ‘an ancient pyramid of knowledge’, and their young.(1)