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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Funding Cuts for Archaeology Leads to More Reliance on Volunteers

It seems quite disturbing that archaeologists are no longer leading the way in excavations. While government programs get cut, so do the archaeology jobs, leaving only volunteers to dig on heritage sites.

"There are concerns that funding cuts mean that the discipline will be more dependent on good will and amateur archaeologists then ever before". It seems the number of professional archaeologists has fallen by over 7% since July of 2010.

Mike Heyworth, from the Council of British Archaeology, explained that many professionals were leaving the field for other work. "It seems we have a skills gap growing", Heyworth remarked. These people may never return to archaeology.

Watch the footage at BBC 


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