Topic ID #35825 - posted 6/9/2015 3:26 PM

Survey for Cultural Resource Management / archaeological technicians


I have created a survey dealing with the realities of working in the modern world of CRM.  This survey is primarily designed for field technicians / project hires/ shovel-bums but all are welcome to participate.  It is one thing to discuss some of these topics over a beer behind the hotel or at the pub after work and even online in forums.  This is an attempt to get some real, statistical data on different issues ranging from wages, sexual harassment, discrimination etc. as well as getting some good baseline data for where our profession could use improvement.  

This is an independent research project and is completely anonymous - so no worries about blowback on participants.  I will be collecting data throughout the summer, and will be analyzing the data during the autumn with the anticipation being that I will publish the findings during the winter.  Thank you all for your participation and your help.  As with any survey, the more people that take the survey, the more accurate the results will be in reflection of the real world.  To that end, feel free to share this on any other blog, page, facebook group, etc. and mention it to your colleagues as you are out there in the field!  

Best of luck to you all!

P.S. This is my first attempt at a survey of this kind, so feel free to leave feedback for me, but please be considerate and civil.  

Post ID#20676 - replied 6/25/2015 6:58 PM


In regards to the last couple questions:

It's hard to know how much money someone might be willing to pay if they don't know the benefits.
I would donate time and effort to this if help is needed.

Post ID#20683 - replied 7/23/2015 6:59 AM


Thank you Nevsky268!  I don't even know what direction something like this would take, as it is simply something that has been kicked around a bit.  I figured that just seeing what people's initial reaction would be, along with what kinds of areas an organization should target (hence the survey) would help to proactively focus things in the future.

Post ID#20684 - replied 7/23/2015 7:03 AM


Up to 250 responses - remember to share this with your colleagues. Friday is Day of Archaeology... can I get 50 more archaeologists to fill out the survey as part of that? Ideally I would like a sample of 500 for the survey, and I'm half-way there with over a month to go. 

Post ID#20689 - replied 9/1/2015 7:24 PM


Here we are - one last month to get in on this survey. It will be closing at the end of September, so if you haven't gotten around to filling it out, please do so, and please spread the word. 329 responses as of right now, so almost 2/3 of the way to what I set as a small goal. I figure the sample size is something along the lines of between 3-10% as we don't exactly have hard numbers as to how many active archaeologists there are out there. SO, take the survey, share your anonymous voice, and become part of this informal, independent study.

Post ID#20704 - replied 10/4/2015 8:35 PM


My thanks goes out to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey! I will be analyzing the data in the coming weeks and will then release the results to everyone. I think it will be interesting.

Post ID#20769 - replied 3/12/2016 10:29 PM


Here are the results of the survey - thank you to all participants!


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