Archaeologists Coming up the Ranks (Anne Jensen)

Video Shot in: 2022

Dr. Jensen is uncertain about the future of research in the North Slope due to its high cost and unique challenges compared to areas further south. She mentions that within the Iñupiaq community, while there are individuals who have received training, none of them are currently pursuing archaeology as a profession. Many opt for contract work, which provides more consistent employment. Anne shares an example of a person who majored in anthropology but had to move away to care for a family member, leading her to pursue a career in human resources instead of Arctic archaeology. Anne also mentions some issues with the anthropology department at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), including problematic faculty and excessively long master’s theses. However, she notes that the situation has improved over time, with more awareness of the challenges faced by students.