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Archaeology Matters

What do Archaeologists do?

Archaeologists can work in a multitude of organisations, undertaking a broad selection of tasks. Whilst there are options to go and excavate sites, an archaeologist can also be desk-based. Some examples are listed below:

  • archival work
  • in a laboratory undertaking the scientific study of botanical, human, animal, small mammal or insect remains
  • teaching in a University
  • involved with local authority planning decisions for building and road development
  • museums employ conservators to look after their collections artefacts and finds
  • illustrators use computer programs and manual drawing skills to produce images of sites and finds
  • some of the large organisations employ staff to manage computer databases for the historic environment
  • a small but increasing area of employment is in maritime and marine archaeology
  • and many more besides!

In short then, archaeology is a sector of varied employment that requires many different types of skills.

The section on archaeologists’ job roles in our FAQs may also help answer your questions.

Back to the main FAQ page.

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