Archaeologist

What is an Archeologist?

Archaeologists are anthropologist that explore and study ancient human remains, artefacts, architectural features and structures from excavations and underwater recovery processes, in order to reconstruct the record of past human life and culture.

What does an Archeologist do?

  • fieldwork including, the identification of potential dig sites, excavation, record all discoveries, recovery and conservation of objects and structures
  • research findings from sites in order to develop and test theories about the origin and development of past cultures
  • study the recovered artefacts and structures
  • recommend methods for site protection
  • describe, authenticate, date and identify objects
  • presenting and publishing reports in professional journals
  • consult with other professionals

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in history?
  • inquisitive?
  • thorough?
  • detail orientated?
  • self motivated?
  • good at writing up reports?
  • able work in remote places?
  • able to work under extreme weather conditions?
  • fit and healthy?

How do I become an Archeologist?

The following universities offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in archaeology:

  • UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
  • UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
  • UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

Generally it takes 3 years to get a BA or BSc with archaeology as a major while postgraduate qualifications vary according to the level of study.

Minimum requirements:  National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements. These will differ from one institution to another.  Check your university of choice for more details.
Compulsory subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science
Recommended subjects:   History, Geography, Life Sciences

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Palaeontology or Art Historian

Is becoming an Archeologist the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.

Maths Required Qualification Required Science Required Work Outdoors