How to become an archaeologist
Studying archaeologySeveral universities in Australia offer postgraduate and/or undergraduate degrees in archaeology, including:
- LaTrobe University
- University of Melbourne
- Monash University
- Flinders University
- Australian National University
In addition to obtaining the technical information offered at university, it is also very useful to have a good understanding in other disciplines such as history, planning, cultural heritage, anthropology, cartography, architecture, and even diving qualifications.
Careers in archaeology
In Victoria, an archaeologist can use their skills in a variety of areas:
Developers, government agencies and private owners employ archaeologists to identify and record sites, excavate, analyse artefacts, and assist applicants with the required documentation under various heritage legislations.
Government departments and agencies employ archaeologists as administrators of heritage legislation, including the Heritage Act 1995, the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Archaeologists can teach at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as be involved in research programs and excavation projects
Often a degree in archaeology is useful for other professions such as cultural heritage advisors, historians, planners, conservators, architects and writers.
To read about the experiences of an archaeologist on a dig, visit the Casselden Place webpage.