Tony, why did you get into archaeology?
If you hate it why not try to find another job?
I'd like to hear Tony's answer, but I imagine the situation in the UK is the same or worse than it is for American "shovelbum"
archaeologists: sites are chosen because they're about to be demolished not
because they're culturally interesting, schedules are driven by developers, and a lot of tedious work has to be done even during bad weather and nasty conditions.
Yet I imagine he sticks with it because he's got the knack, experience, and it pays the bills. Not glamorous, but sensible.
This is spot on. Also it is pretty flexible meaning I can work four day weeks plus have Jan and Feb off to build puzzles. I also take the odd week off when I want. This is equivalent to cutting my week from 37 hours to 25 so a definite step in the right direction. Not all jobs would allow me this flexibility. I kind of fell into the job and have little interest in broken pieces of black cruddy pottery. Plus I object to the way companies are forced to pay for the archaeology in order to get planning permission. I am not talking about exciting important archaeology, I am talking about pointless excavation and recording of things like old farm ditches and rubbish pits. In the summer it can be nice working outside in the countryside so there are days when I think it's not too bad. That makes it more difficult to take the step to leave.
Regarding the number/letter board I have now discovered the situation isn't quite as I thought. Apparently my bosses have seen loads of these on the internet like the one posted but every time they try to order they are told they are discontinued. I have now personally found the "Nobo Wordgroove Desk/Door Plate" on several sites which say they are in stock so I will personally check out a few. If anyone sees them physically available in a shop please let me know but I suspect we simply haven't put in enough effort to get them online. Thanks anyway.