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How Can I Get Started in Archaeology?

If you’ve got this far, chances are that you’ve already seen some episodes of Channel 4 TV’s Time Team, so you already have an idea of what constitutes archaeology and the options it gives you, and what you might like to do. Your local library will most likely have a selection of books on the subject that you can read up on. Visit some of the museums and archaeological sites in your area: apart from their archaeological displays, they often have introductory information, publications, and details of events.

For Younger Archaeologists - between the ages of 8 and 16 - we have created the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC). Visit their website to see if there is a local YAC branch near you, or just for inspiration on ways to satisfy your archaeological interests.

If your enthusiasm is growing, then you may wish to take out a subscription to a magazine like the CBA’s own British ArchaeologyBritish Archaeology includes Briefing, which gives information on forthcoming excavations and fieldwork projects at which volunteers and newcomers are welcome. We also keep a listing of fieldwork, courses and lectures here on the site. Be aware that British archaeology tends to be very seasonal with digs being advertised from January onwards and taking place in the summer months to avoid the potential disruption of bad weather. So if you are looking for hands-on experience, the best time to search is in the spring.

If you’re really keen you could find out if there is a community archaeology group in your area, and become involved with them. Local libraries often have information on how to get in touch with groups.

Remember, too, that there are other ways of developing your interest: for example, through evening classes or day schools run by the WEAU3A or University adult continuing education centres. Many of the latter offer the chance to study part-time for qualifications such as the Certificate of Archaeology, part of the Open Studies program which requires no previous background knowledge or qualifications. Numerous short courses are also advertised over the course of the year and we try to list as many of these as we can in Briefing either online or in British Archaeology magazine.

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