Eric Brunner (
3 Aug 1996 02:32:01 GMT

Jeff Bartlett ( wrote:
: I am pursuing a career in archaeology in the U.S. I would like to work
: for the federal government (U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service,
: Bureau of Land Management, and/or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). I
: understand most government positions require an M.A. degree; however, my
: current study plan is Classical Culture, M.A. In Humanities. Will this
: be sufficient to reach my goals?

No, unless the USDA (FS) or USDI (NPS, BLM) or USDoD (Army CoE) have, in
some alternate universe, a CRM scope (archy) or a cultural scope (anthro)
which includes Hellenic Indians, or humanitarian aide to hitherto ignored
Native Helots.

Crikey. For realistic professional feedback, sci.anthro is hardly the best
place to ask, though it is better than the sci.arch.* playpens. You ought
to ask in ARCH-L, but given the state of the CRM/Federal portions of the
archy trade in the late 90's and at least the next two decades, you'd be a
bet better off as a seasonal fire fighter.

I would like to point out to you that _all_ BLM and most USFS and most NPS
and most CoE jobs are located in regions of the US which are unceeded lands
of the original inhabitants, and that as you've no particularly relevant
training or skills (outside of Classical Humanities) to bring to CRM etc,
that you will be compeating for one of a limited (and rapidly shrinking)
number of jobs which are close to Native population centers. Of course, you
will have the distinct advantage of a Masters in Classics... something very
few of us manage to snag on our way through the Anglo Mazes.

Cross-posted into sci.arch. However, I suggest an ouvre in ESL, in Japan,
or the equivalent. There at least you won't be taking a job some native
traditional family could be making a living from, and you'll be putting the
degree to its best and highest use, dead Indians being exceptionally poor

Vale && Kitakitamatsinohpowaw,
Eric Brunner