- an interest and knowledge of history
- knowledge of sociology and anthropology for understanding society and culture
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of geography
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent written communication skills
- the ability to read English
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties will depend on your specialist area, but could include:
- identifying possible sites to study using aerial photography, field-walking and surveying
- taking part in excavations or digs
- recording finds and sites using photography, detailed notes and drawings
- identifying and classifying finds
- cleaning and preserving finds in a laboratory
- using laboratory analysis like carbon-dating
- using computers to produce simulations of the way a site or artefact would have looked
- preserving industrial artefacts and buildings
- checking planning applications and identifying the impact of development on archaeological sites
- making sure important sites, buildings and monuments are protected
- classifying, displaying and looking after artefacts in a museum
You could work in an office or in a museum.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
You may find it useful to join a professional body like the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists.
With experience, you may be able to progress to a senior role like site supervisor or director.
You could also specialise in teaching or preservation.
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You'll find more advice on how to become an archaeologist from the Council for British Archaeology.