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What does an Archaeologist do?

Have you ever wondered, what is an Archaeologist and what do Archaeologists do? 

An Archaeologist uses physical artefacts to gain an understanding of how people lived at a specific point in time. They delve into what life was like for people in certain geographical areas, including how they were governed and their language, religions and beliefs. This scientific study of our human past uses sophisticated tools and technologies to uncover and analyse objects that people once created, modified or used. As an Archaeologist, you could work in a variety of locations and sectors including government, museums, universities, Aboriginal Land Councils, or environmental or archaeological consulting firms. 

Is a career as an Archaeologist right for me?

Consider archaeology as a career if you have an interest in science and history and are passionate about research. The skills and attributes that would be beneficial as an Archaeologist include:

  • a high attention to detail 
  • strong writing skills 
  • good technical abilities 
  • the ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team 
  • the flexibility to travel and live remotely
  • patience
  • an objective nature.

How to become an Archaeologist

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your archaeology career goals. At UniSQ, we offer the following degrees in the area of archaeology:
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Last updated August 2023.

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