Yep, at one time I was a Shovelbum…..

Shovel Bum: Comix of Archaeological Field LifeShovel Bum: Comix of Archaeological Field Life by Trent de Boer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever been a Shovelbum, or currently are one – this’ll bring back memories. Maybe even some PTSD, come to think of it.

For those of you that haven’t had the distinction of actually wearing a Marshalltown #52 out, it might not be quite as entertaining. But you’ll get a glimpse at what life is like for an archaeological field technician.

Even though I was active in California and Great Basin projects, there’s lots of cross over information. The author, of course, bases his work on personal experience – Arkansas, Washington, Alaska, etc. But paging through his zine, one can definitely see the commonality of the experience. The same crew chiefs, PI’s, vehicles, parasites, crappy food, and whacked out crew members seem to be encountered, wherever you work.

Good fun, and a good read. But best if you have some field experience, otherwise……well, you had to be there.

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One Response to Yep, at one time I was a Shovelbum…..

  1. mcclintoch says:

    I’m more of a WHS, but as a shovel bum, I’ll have to check this out. Also, coincidentally, I just wrote this about being one: https://archaeologistwithabrokentrowel.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/the-five-people-you-meet-on-excavation/

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