What do you do with a BA in English?

What is my life going to be?

Four years of college and plenty of knowledge

Have earned me this useless degree.

The plaintive lament that opens the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Avenue Q could just as easily describe what many people think of the job prospects for those of us with advanced degrees in classical, Near Eastern, or Levantine archaeology and its related fields. Whether housed in art history, anthropology, Near Eastern, biblical studies or classics departments, most students of Mediterranean archaeology realize early on that career opportunities, particularly the traditional academic positions that they, for the most part, have been trained for, are limited. In spite of the odds, many persist in pursuing their dream and passion for archaeology.

The writing has been on the wall for several decades regarding the glut of traditionally trained PhDs on the market—a trend...

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