4 Tips for Future Archaeologists

Do you dream of finding the relics of lost cities? Is your greatest ambition to uncover the tools and artifacts of a prehistoric civilization? Whether you’re a freshman on your first excavation or an old hand at geothermal surveys and IP imaging systems, here are just four tips for being the best archaeologist you can be.

1. Commit Yourself to Your Education

Subscribe to archaeology journals. Join archaeology clubs. Read archaeology blogs and leave comments on interesting archaeology articles. Surround yourself with your passion day in and day out so you’ll never stop learning, and one day you’ll look around and realize that you’re the expert now.

2. Know Your Tools

In addition to the ones you’d expect, like shovels and sifting sheets, you should also familiarize yourself with things like surveying equipment, excavation supplies and GPS navigational hardware. Make a point of knowing how they work even if you don’t have a reason to use them yourself. It’s the 21st century, and technology can help archaeologists uncover ancient cites just as well as manual labor.

3. Ask Questions

This is one of the most important aspects of succeeding in any field. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Don’t be afraid of looking silly or foolish! The only way you can gain knowledge is through the recognition and acknowledgement of your ignorance. If you walk around pretending like you already know everything, you’ll miss out on life’s natural learning opportunities.

4. Get Practical Experience

Practical experience is the key to getting anywhere in any industry. No one wants to work with a book learner who lacks real-world skills, so even if the only digs you can do are fake ones sponsored by the local archaeology club, take advantage of them. All experience is good experience, and you never know when you’ll be called on to perform some task that you perfected from shoveling around your backyard.

These are just a few tips for a long and successful career in archaeology. Not many people choose to go down this path, so it makes you all the more special for braving it. Good luck!

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

WordPress Themes