Amanda does an internship in Lund
What is your background? Where do you come from? I come from Katrineholm, a small town in southwest Södermanland. As a child, I was convinced that I would follow in the footsteps of my elder siblings (both have degrees in economy), but following a small identity crisis at 16, I realised that that path was not for me. History was always a favourite subject, and when I started on the BA-program in Archaeology at Uppsala University I knew I was home.
Why did you choose to study the master programme in Archaeology? I chose the master programme in Uppsala for several reasons; I had already a BA from Uppsala and was pleased with my studies so far, I knew that the programme can be varied according to your own intrests and I knew the extent of the competence existing among the teachers at Uppsala. This means that as a student, your training and degree becomes more competitive and valuable.
Where have you studied before? During the BA programme in archaeology at Uppsala University I was given the opportunity to spend three months in South Africa, where, among other things, I got to participate in excavating African Iron Age. I also spent 6 months in Greenland, where I trained in Arctic archaeology.
Impressions and experience from your the master programme? I am entirely convinced that I chose the right training. In addition to being able to specialise in what interests you, you receive a basic knowledge of independent and source-critical thinking. Master programmes are indeed basic for careers in contract archaeology, research and for working in e.g. the National Heritage Board or in the County administrative board. Listening to other universities I understand that one of Uppsala's greatest strengths is the programme's flexibility - you choose when to write your thesis, when to do your internship and which courses to take, and also the close and friendly contact between students, researchers and lecturers.
You are doing your internship now? Yes, I got my internship through the network of by supervisor, Karl-Johan Lindblom. I said that I want to do research in future, and I was given the opportunity through him to be a research assistant at Lund University and their Darklab (The laboratory for digital archaeology).
Do you already know the subject of your master's thesis? I knew already when I applied to the master programme that I wanted to continue my BA project on fire-cracked stones and their spatial distribution. It is difficult to research a subject thoroughly in the BA thesis, while the extent of the Master's thesis allows that. I would also like to point out that you do not need to have a thesis subject from the start. There is a course in the programme that supports you throughout the thesis work and basically all lecturers and researchers are happy to discuss different research projects.
Would you recommend the programme to others? I would definitely recommend our master programme to everyone interested in archaeology. My fellow students and I have different interests and there are courses to study regardless. It is really possible to build your own master programme from the base upwards, and become knowledgeable in subjects from Landscape archaeology and GIS to the typology of stone axes. Not only can you select ready-made courses, but you can also create your own and with the help of your supervisor gain a leading competence in an area.
Your favourite course in the programme? I would have to say two favourite courses. The most self-evident is a course that I have not yet studied. I am most likely the greatest GIS nerd among the department's students, and so I am convinced that the advanced GIS course (Landscape analysis and Geographical Information Systems) offered after Christmas will become my absolute favourite. However, since I have not yet taken the course, I would like to say the Advanced field course. During this course, you gain advanced knowledge of the archaeological excavation process from survey to report writinig.
What do you see in your future? It is difficult to say what happens in my future, but directly after Christmas I will begin writing my research plan to apply for postgraduate positions. My dream is to do archaeological research and thus continue in academia. A master degree from Uppsala University is definitely a good way to go for this.