By K. Kris Hirst, About.com Guide
- What is Archaeology?
- Getting a Degree in Archaeology
- Careers in Archaeology
- Methods in Archaeology
- Heritage Management
What is Archaeology?
Archaeology is the study of human beings, but there are lots of different kinds of archaeology that people practice today, based on the kinds of things they study, or the ways that they look at the past.
- What is Archaeology? Collected Definitions
- What is Anthropology?
- Subdisciplines of Archaeology
- What is an Archaeology Field School?
- How to Choose a Field School
- What Kind of Equipment do Archaeologists Use?
- Walking Tours of Archaeological Sites
- Photo Essays of Archaeology in Action
- What are the Characteristics of Civilizations?
- History of Archaeology
- What Kind of Archaeological Sites Are There?
Getting a Degree in Archaeology
Although you can volunteer as an archaeologist with little or no education or experience, to work as a professional crew person or crew chief in archaeology, you must get a Bachelor's Degree. To obtain a job as an archaeologist you will need an advanced degree (MA or PhD) from an accredited university. Here are more advice and information about getting that degree.
- Frequently Asked Questions about a Career in Archaeology
- Trying Archaeology Out
- Getting a Background in Archaeology
- Studying Archaeology in High School
Careers in Archaeology
A collection of resources for the jobseeker in archaeology, including some tips on what kind of training it's best to get, where to look for that job, and how to stay alive in the competitive worlds of academic, agency, and cultural resource management archaeology.
- How to Become an Archaeologist
- Archaeology Career Paths
- Changing Careers: Sureyya's Journey
- Field Archaeologist Stories and Advice
- Job Seeking
Methods in Archaeology
Archaeology as a profession is some 150 years old, and over that time methods have developed that include everything from surveys to excavation to analysis to report writing. Here you'll find an assortment of information about all these techniques.
- Background Research
- Fieldwork Techniques
- Laboratory Analysis
- Interpretation and Write-Up
- Dictionary of Archaeology
Throughout the world, increasing populations and development are leading to the destruction of many archaeological sites. Archaeologists have taken the lead to protect these sites, by supporting the creation of protection laws and conducting archaeological research in advance of site destruction.