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Become an archaeologist

Considering taking up archaeology as a career? Use these FAQs to point you in the right direction or download our factsheets on getting involved in archaeology, and pass them on to others.

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If you're fascinated by archaeology and are considering studying or teaching archaeology or becoming an archaeologist, read our FAQs before you start.

What is archaeology?

How do I become an archaeologist?

If you're interested in getting involved in archaeology through volunteering, read our FAQs and take a look at our CBA volunteering section.

Where to look for jobs

Read about the nature of the professional jobs market in UK archaeology in Profiling the Profession, a publication researched and produced by the IfA. The Standing Committee for Archaeology website also has lots of useful information on jobs in archaeology.

The following online resources provide up-to-date information on job vacancies in UK archaeology and heritage:

Look out for job vacancies circulated via the Britarch and Britarch-News email discussion lists in our Forums section.

For job vacancies at the CBA, visit our own jobs page.

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