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Archaeology Project in Arizona

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Archaeology Project in Arizona —


We do have a survey project going on out of Quartzsite, Arizona, through the end of September.  Then possible work beyond that on Arizona Forest surveys here and there.   If you’re interested, the pay is $12/hour, plus $35/day per diem and lodging.   The crew leaves for the field Monday morning from our downtown Phoenix office, and returns Friday afternoon.

You’d need to be very fit and able to keep pace, hike 10 miles/day, have a pack and container of at least a gallon of water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy boots.   Let me know if you’re interested.



Yes, I am definitely interested in this project. For sure, I will be there.

I am just working out the logistics of getting there. I am currently in northern Maine, so it is around a 45 hour drive to Phoenix. So arriving by Monday morning maybe stretching the realm of possibility a little.

But I could fly out to Phoenix on Sunday and meet at the office Monday morning. Would it be possible for me to catch a ride out to Quartzsite and back with another member of the crew?

From here, flying is looking like the best option. Please let me know if this would be a problem, and, if it is, I will drive out there as as quick as I possibly can.

Thank you,



That’s gruesome.   The company truck will be headed out on Monday morning and back on Friday.   Do you have a place to stay in Phoenix?   I’m OK if you arrive Tuesday or Wednesday out in Quartzsite, if you still want to drive on your own dime.  I think we could even pay you for 16 hours or so of your travel time, but not mileage/fuel.

If you don’t have a place to stay in Phoenix, you’d be on your own for lodging in or around Quartzsite over the weekends.   It may not be worth it for you.

Let me know what you’d like to do.  We’d love to have you join us.


This sounds great. I will leave today ASAP and start driving out. I will try to get to Quartzsite by Tuesday or Wednesday. I can fend for myself on the weekends, no problem.

16 hours of drive time would be excellent.

Do you have a contact number and a rendezvous point for the crew in Quartzsite?

My cell number is . . .

See you soon.

Thank you,



And this is how archaeology assignments work in the USA:

One moment you are hanging out in northern Maine, picking your boogers and downing a brew, and the next you are packing up your bags and changing the oil in your car for a 3,000 mile cross country haul that should take more hours to complete than are in the days available to do it in.

I have done archaeology fieldwork long enough to know that I can not expect anything to happen in accordance to any sort of plan — ever, as it is all contract work, and you can never really know when a project is going to begin until it starts: in point, the moment I push the send button on an email to an employer my bags need to be packed and my boots tied.

I received the first of the above emails at 9 PM Maine time, which gives me only a couple of days to run across this great big continent.

It is a 46 hour, 3,000 mile drive from Bangor ME to Quartzsite, AZ, and I will try hard to make it within three days.

My wife Chaya and little Petra will be waving goodbye to me for this project, though they should fly out to meet me in Arizona for the next. This job was offered to me around 3 weeks too soon for my family to make the journey with me. But by October we should be in the wide open southwestern deserts of the USA, near Mexico, and just about as far away from Maine as we can get without leaving the country.

I am a very fortunate man — fortunate because I found a wife who loves me precisely because there is no way that we will ever know what to expect.

To adventures.

3,000 miles from Bangor, Maine to Quartzsite, Arizona

3,000 miles from Bangor, Maine to Quartzsite, Arizona

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