It has occurred to me that archaeologists need a motto under which we can unite. Sure, there's the usual "We tell forgotten tales" claptrap, or the "it's good dirty fun" nonsense, but I think we need a motto that better demonstrates our true relationship to work. To that end, I have come up with the following potential mottoes. Those of you who are my fellow trowel-monkeys and shovel-bums, please submit your own in the comments section.
"Archaeology - Running scared from shotgun-wielding marijuana farmers since 1965!"
"Archaeology: Taking you to exotic shit holes since 1906."
"Really, that's a poison oak rash, not an STD, baby!"
"Archaeology: the gift that keeps on sapping your bank account."
"Archaeology - Keeping the funk alive!"
"Showers are for sissies."
"Proud to be the world's most highly-educated under-paid migrant workforce."
"Be one with the clay dust"
"Poison oak, chiggers, and mites, oh my!"
"Hygiene? We don't need no stinkin' hygiene!"
"Midden Soil: it's what's for dinner."
"Archaeology: Embrace the suck"
"PhD-wielding poverty line dweller."
"My other car is broken down in the middle of the desert"
"Archaeology - silt happens"
"Have student loan debt, will travel"
"Archaeology: Mom was right, I should have been a lawyer"
"As a field tech I drank for fun. As a project manager, I drink to dull the pain."