The thoughts and ramblings from the only student (as far as I am aware) to have ever studied the unusual mix of a joint major in Archaeology and Economics.


Who are you
My name is Stephen Domican. I am a first year student in University College Dublin studying a joint major in Archaeology and Economics. Unfortunately I am not eligible for reduced fees  so spend the evenings working. I also have been known to enjoy lifting the occasional heavy thing in the gym.  I also love to write role playing game stories, am a recovering board game addict as well as enjoying engaging in the long lost art of banter. As a former competetive fencer I also have a love of swords.

Do you get asked “why are you studying Economics and Archaeology” a lot?

Yes, pretty much all the time whenever someone asks what I am doing in College, they think it’s a strange mix.

So why are you studying it?

Because I like it :p

I technically started studying archaeology when I was 8 as part of the CTYI (Centre for talented youth), they let you study what you like there and I leaned towards computers and archaeology (I also enjoy programming but I’m not very good) and found I really loved archaeology and history. As for economics, I was more interested in the trade side of things  and how unseen economic forces  have altered history (I thoroughly recommend a concise economic history of the world: from paleolithic times to present by Rondo Cameron and Larry Neal to anyone interested in learning about these hidden forces) and hopefully studied something a little different will give me a unique insight into the field. I also see myself as a realist, employment can be difficult to find with an Archaeology degree so the Economics will hopefully keep me safe. Plus I really like investing (Stock Broker was one of the jobs I wanted to be as a kid). As for now I’m just studying what interests me and working hard at it to do the best I can.

What areas of Archaeology interest you most?

Historical Archaeology, Underwater archaeology, Economic Archaeology (not really sure it’s actually a field but If not then I guess I will have to create it :p),  Computational archaeology, Aerial Archaeology (especially finding sites using Google Earth) and combat archaeology.
Recently I have really gotten interested in Numismatics (the study of coins), Venetian history and anything to do with any of the East India companies. So I guess I like to study economic superpowers 🙂 (and anything ww2 or to do with military history)

What about the Economics?

Definitely investing in any forms, I’m currently saving up to make my first small investment. I love the idea of making your money work for you and the thought of making money while I sleep sounds appealing. Stay tuned and you will see me invest/squander my savings in an effort to learn more about this secret art. The intelligent investor by “Benjamin Graham” is my current go to guide for what to do.

Where did the name dirt and taxes come from?

“The only things certain in life are death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

Dirt for the Archaeology and taxes for the Economics part of this blog,


4 thoughts on “About

  1. zabzaya

    I know one other person currently studying both economics and archaeology. I thought it was a strange mix as well. She is in the U.S. though.

    1. domo230 Post author

      Funnily enough one of the older lads on the dig studied Archaeology and Economics at the same university as me. He’s now a history teacher and was auditioning to become vice principal of a school.

      Guess there are some of them out there

  2. timberbookshelves

    Glad to have found this blog. I think the choice of subjects is a logical one. It may be the case that you may dig up a solution to the current economic situations. As a student going into my second year of Archaeology, I think Economics always played a part in human interaction in the past, and steered it to a certain extent. Looking forward to further posts.


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