As an archaeologist, you’ll specialise on examining the material remains of the past in order to study human history and prehistory.
Archaeologists are social scientists who work for government archaeological agencies, historic site preservation organisations or museums to study artifacts including tools, cave paintings, building ruins and pottery that are left behind by earlier civilisations. They engage in analysing the excavated remains and preserving them. They help the public to develop a picture of how people lived in earlier cultures and societies.
Studying humanities stream with history as a major subject will enable you to have a primary understanding in the discipline of Archaeology.
The common course offered at the UG level in this area is B.A. Archaeology. The duration of the course is usually three years.
Bachelor’s in history is also a sufficient eligibility for pursuing a master’s degree in Archaeology.
After completing UG, you can go for an MA in Archaeology. The duration of the course is two years.
After pursuing master’s, you can go for an MPhil or PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.
Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture
or87, with a minimum of 23 in writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components in TOEFL.
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The physical strength and endurance of archaeologists come under test during excavations. Therefore it’s important for them to be physically in shape.
Archaeologists need to pay meticulous attention to detail during excavations in different sites as they would not want to miss out on any artifacts which is of archaeological value.
Archaeologists need to familiarise themselves with the use of different survey equipment and they also need to be capable of producing useful photographs. Being technically sound would help archaeologists to be more effective on their job.
Archaeologists follow a methodical pattern in their work by analyzing data and planning projects. Extensive research in the background is required for excavations to turn out as effective.
The ability to cooperate in teams is vital for archaeologists as they may have to work with a large group of individuals for long and short durations as part of their projects.