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What are archaeologist most interested in?
Archaeologists are interested in how people of the past lived, worked, traded with others, moved across the landscape, and what they believed. Understanding the past may help us better understand our own society and that of other cultures. Archaeology is a science that combines information from many different fields.
What skills would an archaeologist need to have?
Archaeologists need excellent research and writing skills—they write more than they dig! They also apply mathematical and statistical concepts in the field and data analysis. Studying foreign languages can also be helpful, as could gaining skills in programming, chemistry, or physics.
Is being a archaeologist worth it?
Archaeology can be a great career, but it doesn’t pay very well, and there are distinct hardships to the life. Many aspects of the job are fascinating, though—in part because of the exciting discoveries that can be made.
What does an archaeologist focus on?
Archaeology is the study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains. Archaeologists might study the million-year-old fossils of our earliest human ancestors in Africa. Or they might study 20th-century buildings in present-day New York City.
Do archaeologists keep what they find?
Professional archaeologists do not keep, buy, sell, or trade any artifacts. Quite simply, they don’t get to keep what they find because it doesn’t belong to them. If archaeologists kept what they found, they would be the only ones to know the story behind the object. Archaeologists want to share their discoveries.
What languages should an archeologist know?
An archaeologist should have a scholarly ability – at least three years of study at university level – of those ancient languages relevant to his research. These would include ancient Greek, Latin, ancient Hebrew, classical Arabic, Sanskrit, Persian, and classical Chinese.
Is the job of an archaeologist a full time job?
This is typically a full-time job. It can be confined to regular business hours, but this becomes less likely during times when an archaeologist works in the field. Fieldwork can involve weekends, early mornings, and late evenings. Those interested in archaeology might also consider these careers:
How often do archaeologists dig in the world?
When they dig depends on various factors, including academic calendars, local weather conditions, and national holidays. Since these vary so much all over the world, it is really the case that on any given day, there are archaeologists digging somewhere.
What kind of evidence do archaeologists look for?
Updated May 01, 2019 Archaeologists use evidence left behind by earlier civilizations to gather information about human history and prehistory. They excavate, recover, and analyze artifacts that might include tools, cave paintings, building ruins, and pottery.
What do you do in the afternoon in archaeology?
By the mid-afternoon, we start working again. Afternoon work usually consists of cleaning, studying, and writing about the artifacts that were found in the morning. Sometimes we return to the site to draw or map architecture (e.g., walls and floors). Afternoon work lasts until dinner time, and sometimes continues after that through the evening.