Join the Time Team and Help Uncover Civilisation's Past; Careers in Archaeology Sue Kelbrick on a Career Suited to Those with an Interest in Uncovering the Past
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What does a career as an archaeologist involve? Archaeologists study sites and objects to learn about the past.
As an archaeologist, your work would depend on your specialist area and could include identifying possible sites to study using methods such as aerial photography, field-walking and surveying, taking part in excavations (known as digs), usually as part of a team, recording finds and sites using photography, detailed notes and drawings and identifying and classifying finds.
You would also clean and preserve finds in a laboratory, use laboratory analysis, for example carbon dating, use computers to produce simulations of the way a site or artefact would have looked and make sure that important sites, buildings and monuments are protected and preserved.
You may also carry out research, write about your work or teach.
What skills are needed? You need to have an enquiring mind, a patient and methodical approach, accuracy and attention to detail and good planning and organisational skills. Also useful is perseverance in research, the ability to work well as a team member, good communication skills and the ability to write reports.
What training do you need? Most professional archaeologists have a degree, and many have postgraduate qualifications as well. …