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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Early Career Archaeologists

Department of Anthropology, Institute of Archaeology, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97173, Waco, TX 76798, USA
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Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, 600 Auditorium Road, 125 Kresge Art Center, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 3302 WWPH, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University, 921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8005, Pocatello, ID 83209, USA
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
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Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ, UK
Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Baldwin Hall, Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Department of Geography, University of Georgia, 210 Field Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Social Sciences Division, University of Hawai’i—West O’ahu, 91-1001 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK
Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida, HPH 309, 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Department of Anthropology & Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan, 610 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Kahlaische Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
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Academic Editor: Arlen F. Chase
Heritage 2021, 4(3), 1681-1702;
Received: 1 July 2021 / Revised: 29 July 2021 / Accepted: 1 August 2021 / Published: 10 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women in Archaeology)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts in all segments of life worldwide. While a variety of surveys have assessed the impacts of the pandemic in other fields, few studies have focused on understanding the short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic for archaeology. To assess these trends, we asked survey respondents (n = 570) if they experienced job loss and to rate the percentage of change in their economic situation, workload, teaching or research activities, and personal responsibilities. Results show alarming trends, with nearly half of those who experienced job loss being under the age of 35 and women and early career archaeologists suffering major economic losses. Impacts to workload, teaching activities, and research activities were also felt across these groups. Substantial increases in personal responsibilities (childcare, eldercare, caring for sick family members) were also identified, especially for women with children under 18 years of age. While structural inequalities have already been identified across different sectors of archaeology, the results of this survey suggest the most vulnerable populations are those most heavily affected. We recommend a variety of strategies for employers, professional organizations, funding agencies, and publishers to consider in mitigating the consequences of COVID-19, especially for women and early career scholars. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeology; gender; career stage; COVID-19 archaeology; gender; career stage; COVID-19
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Hoggarth, J.A.; Batty, S.; Bondura, V.; Creamer, E.; Ebert, C.E.; Green-Mink, K.; Kieffer, C.L.; Miller, H.; Ngonadi, C.V.; Pilaar Birch, S.E.; Pritchard, C.; Vacca, K.; Watkins, T.B.; Zavodny, E.; Ventresca Miller, A.R. Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Early Career Archaeologists. Heritage 2021, 4, 1681-1702.

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Hoggarth JA, Batty S, Bondura V, Creamer E, Ebert CE, Green-Mink K, Kieffer CL, Miller H, Ngonadi CV, Pilaar Birch SE, Pritchard C, Vacca K, Watkins TB, Zavodny E, Ventresca Miller AR. Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Early Career Archaeologists. Heritage. 2021; 4(3):1681-1702.

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Hoggarth, Julie A., Sylvia Batty, Valerie Bondura, Emma Creamer, Claire E. Ebert, Kirsten Green-Mink, C. L. Kieffer, Heidi Miller, C. V. Ngonadi, Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch, Christy Pritchard, Kirsten Vacca, Tia B. Watkins, Emily Zavodny, and Alicia R. Ventresca Miller. 2021. "Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Early Career Archaeologists" Heritage 4, no. 3: 1681-1702.

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