Careers in archaeology


Conservation in Archaeology

Conservators work on archaeological finds and structures, using a knowledge of the cultural background of the subject matter as well as scientific methods to document, examine, analyse and preserve the material. It is often painstaking but extremely rewarding work, and requires an understanding of the environmental conditions in which the archaeological material has been preserved […]

Environmental Archaeology

Environmental archaeology

Environmental archaeology is the study of the long-term relationship between humans and their environments. It has emerged as a formal sub-discipline within the last 30 years, and become firmly established as an essential component to most excavation projects. The subject is, itself, broken down into further specialisms, including: – Archaeobotany (also known as paleoethnobotany) is […]


Forensic archaeology and Osteoarchaeology

A relative newcomer to the world of archaeology, forensic techniques have been responsible for startling revelations — such as that Napoleon Bonaparte suffered arsenic poisoning, with significant traces of the toxin found in his hair — and is increasingly being employed to solve modern criminal investigations. – Osteoarchaeology is the detailed study of human bones, […]

Archaeological Science

Archaeological Science

Scientific investigative techniques are constantly changing, improving and significantly enhancing our archaeological knowledge. Archaeological science, also known as Archaeometry, comprises many furthe rsub-divisions which often overlap. Broadly, it involves the dating and the detailed scientific analysis of artefacts. Dating techniques include: Thermoluminescence (for inorganic material), Radiocarbon dating (for organic material), the use of Bayesian statistics […]

Lifelong Study

Richard Lee, Education Project Officer, Council for British Archaeology guides us through the world of continuing education and lifelong learning. Taking a degree is just one of many paths into the world of archaeology, with resources available beyond formal education that are suited to a wide range of age groups country-wide. Enjoying archaeology does not […]

Archaeologies of real life

Archaeologies of Real Life

Disillusioned by popular representations, Bradley L. Garrett finds himself with an M.A. in archaeology — but is not entirely sure what to do with it.

How much do archaeologists earn?

An estimate  of how much archaeologists earn was provided in 1999 in a survey of archaeological jobs in the UK entitled Profiling the Profession funded by English Heritage and published jointly by them, the Council for British Archaeology, and the Institute of Field Archaeologists.


How to become an archaeologist

Current Archaeology’s advice to those about to seek a paid career in archaeology is identical to Mr Punch’s advice to those about to get married: Don’t. Jobs in archaeology are few and far between. However, do not despair: there are other ways of becoming an archaeologist than becoming a professional archaeologist.

A Career in Archaeology

Should you make a career in archaeology? The Current Archaeology Career guide has traditionally been gloomy: click here for our original – and now classic – advice. Archaeology is certainly a career where the supply of those wishing to become an archaeologist always exceeds the demand for their services, so that jobs are almost almost […]

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