By: Kate Stumpf
What is an archaeologist?
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First off, I enjoy learning about our past. This career really focuses on studying how people lived in different cultures, climates and time periods. Also, you can discover objects and form ideas that have never been seen before. This aspect of the career greatly excites me.
What experience and skills do you need to become a successful archaeologist?
Obviously you need to know about the history of our world. This will help you piece together cities, environments and cultures that we’ve not seen before by comparison.
Finally you will need a lot of common sense and critical thinking skills. They are not going to be textbook answers and you won’t be able to look your subject up on the Internet. Overall, you are going to use all of your schooling and plus some to become a great archaeologist.
What education do I need to acquire to become an archealogist?
There are many different degrees that can get you to become an archeologist depending on how much you want to work and get paid. A bachelor, master, or doctorate degree will all get you a successful career in archaeology. A bachelor degree won't get you analyzing artifacts in the lab, but you will be able to help out for excavations. These jobs are often part-time however, so you may need another job to support you as well. A masters of doctorates degree will allow you to work in museums, study in the labs as well as give speeches on your finds. Phd degrees will open up teaching opportunities in museums and universities as well as all the other work. Most archaeologists study a specific time period or topic such as egyptology at these levels.
What branch of science does archaeology fall under?