Resources

Here are some resources of various kinds that I’ve felt helpful as a postgraduate student and early career researcher

Funding: sources

The Wenner-Gren Foundation have a great resource list for funding sources on their website

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) also have a list of funding resources http://www.bajr.org/BAJRResources/Funding.asp

The Lithics Studies society give out small bursaries for research purposes: http://www.lithics.org/

The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association give out Student Research Grants: http://ehbea.com/awards/funding/ (competition runs annually each spring)

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding have a lot of resources, and produce a guide (£). Many universities subscribe to it.

Experiment.com have a fantastic crowdfunding platform aimed at scientific research. They take a small cut, but I found it a great experience. See my funded project here: https://experiment.com/projects/did-our-ancestors-use-wooden-spears-as-hand-thrown-hunting-weapons

Funding: Writing proposals

Wenner-Gren: How to Write A Grant Proposal

Writing and Researching

The Researcher Development Framework describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. It can help you ID strengths and gaps in your development, and monitor your progress.

University of York has a very useful and comprehensive set of skills guides covering researching, organising, communicating, collaborating, etc.

I found these two books useful for different reasons:

For postgraduates, the Thesis Whisperer has many many great resources. The Research Whisperer is also amazing, aimed more at professionals, but I read it often during my PhD, especially towards the end.

Data management: Archaeology Data Service Guides to good practice

Equality and Diversity

We all need to be more aware of a lack of diversity and equality in archaeology early on in our careers. Here are some links (please message me to suggest more resources)

CIfA Equality and Diversity Group

TrowelBlazers : Women in archaeology, geology and palaeontology

Sexism in the Academy: Women’s narrowing path to tenure

RESPECT – Acting against harassment in archaeology

Athena Swan Charter

Doug’s Archaeology: Archaeologists, the whitest people I know

Publishing

To help writing a publication, I find the steps in this guide useful: 11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously

Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers to identify quality journals for publishing their research, and avoid falling prey to the predatory journals.

Productivity

If you are UK based, Shut Up & Write have meetups and writing challenges

I like the Forest App or Marinara Timer to keep focused on my work.

I mention Cal Newport’s book Deep Work in a blog post, and find it useful for learning how to organise my work. I also found this a really helpful point of view on his book: https://throwntogetherness.com/2018/04/01/the-invisible-gender-of-deep-work/

Create a writing group of your own, set some goals and share your progress on a shared document (Google sheet) – this idea has come from a colleague of mine and it’s going really well!

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