A core part of archaeology is the dual method involving fieldwork and laboratory analysis.

The study of archaeology creates a foundation in specific archaeological skills but also teaches more general skills such as critical thinking, the ability to build a logical argument, to synthesise vast amounts of information and to express ideas clearly and persuasively both in oral and written form. Many students also involve the study of cultures and languages.



Josh Reuther

Josh Reuther

Curator of Archaeology | Associate Professor



Ph.D. Anthropology, 2013, University of Arizona

Archaeologist with a strong emphasis on archaeological sciences and geosciences, and highly values interdisciplinary research within archaeology and anthropology, often working across traditionally non-archaeologically and non-anthropologically disciplinary frameworks.

Justin Cramb

Justin Cramb

Term Assistant Professor



PhD, University of Georgia, 2020.

Zooarchaeology, Ethnohistory, Historical Archaeology, Cultures of Island Oceania, Radiocarbon Dating, Socioecological Resilience and Collapse, Environmental Archaeology, Historical Ecology, Animal Translocation

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What do you learn in an archaeology degree?

An undergraduate degree, that emphasizes archaeology, includes modules on topics like archaeological method, fundamental concepts in archaeology, cultural archaeology and field and laboratory methods.

More specifically, modules you may find on an archaeology degree are: Assyriology and Egyptology, Roman architecture, Aristocracy and democracy in the ancient Greek world, Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology, Etruscan Italy, Coins in Ancient Greece and Rome, Themes in African Art and Archaeology, History and Religion in India, and Arts of the Islamic World.

Archaeology work is usually assessed by coursework or essays but some schools will also evaluate your field and laboratory work.



What do people who study archaeology do after graduation?

Graduates in archaeology go on to work as professional archaeologists, in museum education, curation, conservation and heritage.

The roles you would be perfect for include heritage manager, museum education or exhibitions officer, museum curator, historic buildings inspector or conservation officer, archivist, cartographer, social researcher or tourism officer.

Potential employers could be archaeological contractors or consultants, museums, university archaeology departments, national heritage agencies or local governments.

Graduates in archaeology also pursue other professions ranging from education, media, advertising and civil service to business and industry. Some graduates also do conversion degrees in law or teaching after their first degree in archaeology.