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Archaeology Degrees

Ideal for those with an interest in the physical remnants of people of the past, archaeology courses straddle the humanities and social sciences to look at human history through many millions of years of development. To do this, archaeologists study historical sites, structural remains, bones, tools and other artefacts. Though not guaranteed to be as dramatic as the famous on-screen adventures of fictional archaeology professor Indiana Jones, archaeology nonetheless offers exciting opportunities to be at the forefront of new discoveries and theories.

Read on to find out about common archeology degree types, entry requirements, specializations and career options. 

Key Skills

  • Practical skills in excavation, field work and laboratory techniques
  • Research skills
  • The ability to apply theoretical and scientific principles and concepts to archaeological problems
  • Use of numerical and statistical skills to process data
  • Ability to use and interpret spatial data
  • Teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Report-writing skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to develop reasoned arguments, backed up by evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Project management and logistics, including health and safety awareness
  • IT skills in a range of packages
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately
  • Ability to prepare and give oral presentations