Tuesday, September 7, 2010
|Graphic from Fagan's 2006 Archaeology Article.|
First off, you need a field school. This is where you learn the methods and techniques for excavating in the field. Plus digging long days in the sun covered in copious bug bites along with site drama will well prepare you well for a career in archaeology.
|Yours truly showing students how to schnit at Princess Place.|
A typical field school runs on average six to eight weeks during the summer. You will learn how to schnit with a shovel, scrape with a trowel, and most importantly how to record a site through line drawings and photography.
|Still looking for a career in archaeology?|
Do you need to go to college? Yes. The Secretary of the Interior standards for a field technician require a Bachelors degree in Anthropology or a related field. Should you plan to go on from there? A Masters is a very good degree to have; it will allow you to supervise and serve as Principle Investigator on consulting projects as well as teach as an adjunct or at community colleges. For the debate on a Masters vs. a PhD I'll refer you to Brian Fagan's 2006 article, "So you want to be an archaeologist?"
How much does it pay and can you find a job? I like to equate the pay for an archaeologist to the salary of a teacher; you don’t do either to get rich. As for jobs, I believe there is good news, provided you are willing to move. Since getting my Masters in 2001 I have always had a full time job in archaeology. It might surprise you to know there are nearly 6,000 members that belong to the Society for American Archaeology. Not everyone has a job, but that's a lot of archies!
|Flagler County high school student helps bisect a feature.|
It’s almost every day that I meet someone that wishes they had become an archaeologist. It’s not for everyone, but for those who are interested going the professional distance, good luck and get started researching!
For more information click on the hyperlinks in the text or additional pages listed below:
Society for Historical Archaeology's Guide to Graduate Programs
SHA Article Becoming an Archaeologist
Society for American Archaeology's FAQ for Students
|Oh, and be ready for plenty of these...|