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.
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.par Archaeologists are increasingly using technologies such as geophysical survey devices, geographic information systems (GIS), web-based communication platforms and global positioning system (GPS) devices.par Archaeologists work both indoors and outdoors, in varying locations across Australia and internationally.
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.