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Academic Qualifications to Be An Archaeologist

By: Grahame Johnston - Updated: 1 Apr 2019 | comments*Discuss
Archaeology Academic Qualifications

Academic institutions are broadly divided into three groupings.

  1. Government operated universities offering graduate programmes.
  2. Private universities offering graduate programmes
  3. Community Training Centres offering undergraduate programmes leading to degrees.
Professional in archaeology work in all of the above institutions and in schools museums, government departments, and as private consultants for independent companies or as freelance operators.

Inter-Disciplinary Science

Generally speaking, professional archaeologists will teach, both applied archaeology and other subjects; conduct field excavations on site in their home country or abroad; analyse artefacts, collate and classify them; and write and publish the results of their own research investigations whether individual or in association with others.

What You Need To Be A Field Archaeologist

The minimum academic qualification to work in archaeology as an on-site, field archaeologist is a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Students will need to major in either archaeology or anthropology and have already participated in at least one season of archaeological excavation work on-site. The digging experience will most likely have been accomplished during the undergraduate studies as a volunteer placement, usually at a site hosted by the university.

The same archaeology or anthropology degree is necessary for employment as a basic technician in an archaeology laboratory.

How To Become A Field Supervisor

Although an academic qualification will be sufficient to permit paid work as a member of an archaeological field crew it is not a satisfactory academic qualification to allow the upper move into archaeology supervision on the excavation site. Supervisory roles nearly always require a graduate degree and supervisory positions demand either a Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc.) or a Ph.D. in archaeology or anthropology.

An M.A. or M.Sc. usually takes one to two years of further study beyond the B.A. or B.Sc. degree. Some institutions will require a thesis while others offer a non-thesis degree programme. The graduate degree is sufficient to direct field staff and gain many government positions but is not enough to become the site director.

A Doctoral Degree In Archaeology

A Ph.D. is a prerequisite academic qualification for archaeology teaching positions at universities although many community training centres will employ M.A. and M.Sc. graduates to teach their undergraduate certificate and diploma courses. Most museums of any national importance will prefer academic qualifications at a master's level for employees and a doctoral degree for a museum director.

The direction of archaeological field projects by excavation directors is limited to those holding a doctoral degree.

Variety of Specialisation In Archaeology

The education, training, and specialisation requirements for different types of archaeology work vary from position to position. University anthropology departments will employ archaeologists with appropriate academic qualifications as one of the four sub-discipline sectors within their department. Consequently, there are few independent archaeology departments and more commonly archaeology degree graduates will work alongside experts of other fields of study.

For the student going for an archaeology degree who desires to specialise in ancient or classical civilizations the specific undergraduate major is not important. However, as the languages of ancient Greek and Latin are commonplace in understanding these cultural times at least an elementary grasp of the written language is essential.

Archaeologists who wish to be members of the Society of Professional Archaeologists will need at least an academic qualification of a masters degree with an original research thesis and no less than one year of laboratory or archaeology field experience.

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I'm doing B. Arch and I want to become a archeologist.. What are the qualifications required?
Pulse - 1-Apr-19 @ 7:46 AM
I done B.of Architecture.want to become archeologist.what to do. Plz help.
Madhu - 10-Dec-18 @ 2:52 PM
Sir I am completed 12th standard in HEC iam interested to become archeologist it's possible for me to do archeological
Sasi - 27-Aug-18 @ 7:32 PM
A very good afternoon to sir / madam im prachi studying BSc science im a 2nd year student i want to become an archeologist what should i do?
Prachi - 7-Aug-18 @ 9:13 AM
sir im studying B.E electronics communication engineering,but im very much interested in archaelogy,but after my graduate ..to study anthroplogy it takes 3 years which makesdelay ,,what are the other ways to get into archaelogy field?.
Dhan - 27-Jul-18 @ 8:25 AM
Sir/ mam Im studying BA prog 2nd yr in du My descipline subject is history And i want to be an archeologist So, sir my questionis can BA prog student persuearcheology after graduation. Your advice is looking forward.
Arornao - 3-Jun-18 @ 9:41 PM
sir/madam iam a student of first year history honours i want to become archeaologist what can i do...I dont know about the cource structure .so please help about the structure of archeaologist cource thank you....
ardhu - 28-May-18 @ 6:58 PM
Mam Now I am studyinginter 1st year bipc I want to become archaeologistso what I have to do now
chinni - 17-Apr-18 @ 8:38 AM
sir i have completed my H. S exam.. n now i m interested on archaeology so sir plzz suggest me n give me some ideas regarding what i should do to be an archaeologist.
Samrat - 13-Apr-18 @ 6:38 PM
Sir ,I am completed 12th standard in computer science group but ,I interested to become an archeologist. It's possible for me to do archeology sir.
JiniPinu - 2-Apr-18 @ 5:19 AM
Sir / mamI am a commerse HEBA Student and wish to be a archaeologist. Can you please tell me what should I do to be one ?
Soupye - 21-Mar-18 @ 3:04 PM
Sir/madam iam studying BA history. I very intrested archaeology. how to coming archaeology .which study qualifyarchaeology tell me please sir/madam
Meghaan - 16-Mar-18 @ 8:51 AM
I am a Sophomore in high school and i am doing a job profile i want to be a field Archaeologist.
Crawdad - 16-Feb-18 @ 2:38 PM
I am a commerce graduate .Am i eligible for Archaeology? Thankyou
Ruchi - 9-Feb-18 @ 5:11 PM
Sir/madam... I am studying degree in mstcs stream (b.sc) . I was passionate to work as an archeologist.. So i wish to know what to do to become a archeologist
chaithu - 13-Jan-18 @ 8:37 AM
Sir, I completed my bachelor of technology from mechanical engineering stream. But now I want to make scope in archeology. So please suggest me that what can I do after B.tech in archeology field ?
Amit - 8-Jan-18 @ 8:21 AM
Sir; I currently hold a BA of Science (Recreation Therapy) as well as an AA in Liberal Arts. Stones and minerals have been my passion since my youth. How can I use what I have and/or add to my acquirements to become a part of the archeological professional?
Madame Phoenix - 14-Dec-17 @ 3:11 AM
Sir im Studying BSC CBZ i want to became an Archeologist so on basis of 2nd puc PCMB and i wish to became archeologist please suggest me
Acchhu - 19-Nov-17 @ 2:19 PM
Sir how do we work in a foreign country as archaeologists exmaple..,USA
Pooja - 22-Oct-17 @ 1:49 PM
Sir I have completed BSC in geology.Is Itpossible for me to complete msc archaeology without completing BSC in that stream
riju - 1-Oct-17 @ 3:04 AM
Sir I m the student of commerce stream. Can I do the archeology and beacome archaeologist or no
Ajju - 29-Sep-17 @ 5:00 AM
Sir, I am a 10th grade student and I have a desire to make archaeology my aim and career. My strong subjects are english and history but I lack in mathematics. Will it be okay to continue studying archaeology after 12 without mathematics and science?
Aaisna - 9-Sep-17 @ 9:21 PM
Sir,I am a student of political science.can I become an archeologist?
Murad - 30-Aug-17 @ 9:02 PM
Sir i completed my bachelor degree with science.now how can i study archeology
Kavya - 26-Aug-17 @ 2:43 PM
Banuu - Your Question:
Sir I am pursuing 3rd btech in electrical nd electronics engineering and I have interested in archeology.sir is there any scope for me to become an archaeologist after completion of Btech??? sir would you please guide me ????

Our Response:
You need to contact your chosen place of study to find out. The UCAS website is useful for this.
ArchaeologyExpert - 10-Aug-17 @ 2:00 PM
Ariana - Your Question:
I'm doing A level now. So what course I should take if I want to be an archeologist?

Our Response:
Please see the response to @mini below.
ArchaeologyExpert - 10-Aug-17 @ 11:50 AM
Sir I am pursuing 3rd btech in electrical nd electronics engineering and I have interested in archeology.....sir is there any scope for me to become an archaeologist after completion of Btech???..... sir would you please guide me ????
Banuu - 9-Aug-17 @ 10:35 PM
I'm doing A level now. So what course I should take if I want to be an archeologist?
Ariana - 9-Aug-17 @ 1:42 PM
mini - Your Question:
I am a 10grade student and want to be an archaeologist. What specific subjects in arts should I take in my 11,12,degree??

Our Response:
Most degree course insititutions (according to the UCAS website) simply ask for 3 A levels. Archaeology is a broad subject requiring aspects of research, critical analysis, science and anthropology - software/technology is also used, so a combination of an essay based subject such as history or english together with another two subjects like maths/ICT and science at A level would work well.
ArchaeologyExpert - 2-Aug-17 @ 11:45 AM
I am a 10grade student and want to be an archaeologist. What specific subjects in arts should i take in my 11,12,degree??
mini - 30-Jul-17 @ 7:18 AM
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