What's it like to be an Archaeologist?
Archaeologists research human history through the study of artefacts. These artefacts can be bones, Indigenous sites, prehistoric tools or organisms. Archeologists examine, date and interpret artefacts to gain an understanding of human, social and cultural progression.
Tasks and duties
- Locating suitable excavation sites using surveys and aerial photography.
- Examining, dating, interpreting and preserving artefacts.
- Using geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD) to produce simulations of how artefacts and excavation sites might have looked in the past.
- Collecting and interpreting data.
- Keeping meticulous files of notes, photographs, drawings and electronic data.
- Writing up reports for publication and peer reviewing others’ reports.
- Assessing building applications when specialist review is required.
What can I earn as an Archaeologist?
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How to become an Archaeologist
- To complete your undergraduate degree, consider studying a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. These degrees will require you to have completed year 12 or enter through an alternative pathway. They will usually take 3 years to complete.
- You will then need to undertake a one-year Honours degree in an area that relates to archaeology. This will often have a research component requiring you to write a thesis. Once you complete this, you may begin to call yourself an Archaeologist.
- Consider continuing on to postgraduate study, such as a masters or doctorate in your chosen field, (for example, a Master or Doctor of Philosophy). A masters will take two years, and a doctorate will take three years.
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