Education - how to become an archaeologist
What is involved in being an archaeologist?
In Victoria, most archaeologists work in three areas.
- Academic - teaching and research programs, excavation projects and the publication of reports and articles.
- Government - employed as managers and administrators of heritage related legislation including the Heritage Act 1995 and Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. For example;
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
- Consultancy - employed to identify and record previously unidentified places, excavate archaeological sites, undertake artifact analysis, prepare reports, and make site management recommendations for sites/objects threatened by development
Opportunities exist for archaeologists to work on overseas projects, which are usually organised through universities. There is also the potential to work for overseas consultancies and government agencies.
Often a degree in archaeology is a useful research degree for other professions including editors, journalists, writers and historians. Other specialists such as surveyors, photographers, illustrators and architects are also sometimes employed on archaeology sites.
- Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University
- School of Historical and European Studies, La Trobe University
- Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History, School of Historical Studies, Monash University
- School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University
- Centre for Classics and Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne
- School of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology, James Cook University
- Department of Archaeology, School of Humanities, Flinders University