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Archaeology Students of UP Say 2013 – Results

Last year Archaeology @ UP sent out a questionnaire to all the archeology students of UP. The aim was to ask a mix of fun and serious questions and see what the students like, which authors the students read and what type of research the students are interested in. This year we aim to do the same with another survey for students to fill out: click here.

So without further a due, here are the results for 2013:

Firstly, we wanted to know which year the archaeology students that took this survey were in:

As we can see we had no 2nd years participating, hopefully in the next survey we will have more!

If you could only study one topic in archeology for the rest of your career what would it be?

Forensic archaeology and Maritime archeology are the clear winners here!

Which author of archaeological related articles is your favorite? (Local or international)

Tom Huffman takes the lead! With Dorian Fuller and Ina Plug coming in close second and third.

When you tell people that you study archaeology, which is the most common thing that people think it entails?

No surprise here, I have heard both Paleontology and Geology several times!

What is your favorite part of an excavation process?

What is your favorite time period?    

How many excavations have you been on?

What is your ultimate goal by studying archaeology?    

The rich, famous and making money were quite peculiar answers for the field of archaeology, but we can all dream and hope for the best!

Choose 2 items that are a must have for you on an excavation?

All very valid things to take on excavation. I personally know that Biltong can only help when taking some for you lecturers as well!

Do you have a favorite artefact, that you personally found? What type of artefact was it?

Metal Objects and Structures are the clear winners here!

If you couldn’t be an archaeologist, which career would you rather have?

These were the top 3 choices:

Game Ranger

With these also featuring: Conservation Volunteer – Veterinarian – Zoologist – Traveler – Anthropologist – Astronomer – Geographer – Pirate – Vulcanologist – Architect – Medicine – Journal Editor – Research/Education – Scientist – Art – Forensic Detective – Biochemist – Forensic Anthropologist

What is the best thing about archaeology for you?  


I fully agree! The people you meet in archaeology are great!

What is the worst thing about archaeology for you?

This was the clear winner:

Salary/unemployment/not enough research fields in south Africa

With these following closely:

Not having black and white answers/grey areas
Not finding anything on excavation/or confusion about what has been found and having to ask
Too much information/Feeling like you don’t know enough

And then these:

Living in a tent
The dust
The politics
Community Engagement
Going home after field work
No problem!
Cold evenings on field-school
Archaeology not being appreciated

If you could find any lost or mythical artefact/object/place/person, what would it be?

The Top 2 nominations were:

Kruger millions

And then we got some other pretty great answers:

Medieval black-smith
Hitlers remains
The first human being on earth
Discovering a new ancient language
El Dorado
Something Greek
The place where the under water god meet with his human lover
The Solaris (mythical ship from the Cities of Gold animated series)
My student card, also a fossil that expands our understanding of human evolution
The flying dutchman
A secret preserved stash of books for the Library in Alexandria Egypt
The tree of life
The Golden Fleece
Anything the Smithsonian would be interested in

And lastly, Lara Croft or Indiana Jones?

It was pretty close, but it is no surprise that Indiana Jones won!

Thank you to everyone who took part in this survey!

If you are an archaeology student at UP, be sure to fill in the 2014 survey/questionnaire by clicking here.