Archaeologist

Summary

Archaeologists study past human societies by recovering, recording, analysing and interpreting material remains and other important evidence, such as cultural artefacts, food remains, skeletal remains, environmental evidence and landscapes.

Duties & Tasks

Archaeologists may perform the following tasks:

  • liaise with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community groups
  • survey, map and record archaeological sites
  • organise and carry out excavations, field surveys and surface collections
  • clean, conserve, restore, reconstruct and display material found at archaeological sites
  • photograph or draw features and artefacts on site and during post-excavation analysis
  • analyse findings through a variety of means, including physical and chemical techniques and documentary research
  • document the information obtained from the findings in a concise report
  • advise individuals and groups on heritage matters, including conservation options and legal provisions
  • prepare material for publication.

Working Conditions

Archaeologists may work with a variety of people on excavations, including Indigenous groups, academics from related areas, technical staff, people who live in the vicinity of the archaeological sites, labourers and other workers under their direction.

Archaeologists are increasingly using technologies such as geophysical survey devices, geographic information systems (GIS), web-based communication platforms and global positioning system (GPS) devices.

Archaeologists work both indoors and outdoors, in varying locations across Australia and internationally.

Personal Requirements

  • patient, determined and able to persevere
  • an eye for detail
  • enjoy science and history
  • enthusiasm for research
  • strong writing skills
  • aptitude for working with computers
  • able to work as part of a team
  • prepared to endure potentially rough and isolated living conditions for extended periods while involved in fieldwork
  • able to remain objective.

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