Archaeologists investigate, research and record the remains from the human past. Their job is to help record these precious archaeological remains and in doing so build a better understanding of our cultural heritage.
The Role
  • Offers an exciting combination of historical research and field investigations.
  • You will be involved in initial research and field surveys and excavations designed to identify whether any heritage assets might be present.
  • In the case of historic buildings, you’ll be making records of the structure, fabric and condition of these properties.
  • Your expertise would then be central to the development of a plan that takes into account the historical significance of the site and the potential impact of the proposed development.
  • You might be asked to help in redesigning the project to protect the assets or, if this isn’t possible, you would be closely involved in monitoring and recording excavation works.
  • The typical working week involves standard office working hours, Monday-Friday. But there may be time where you'll need to work in the evening and at the weekend, particularly if an excavation is underway.
  • Newly trained archaeologists can earn in the region of £19,000-£22,000
  • Trained with experience archaeologists can earn in the region of £25,000-£30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master archaeologists can earn in the region of £40,000-£45,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
Some archaeologists are able to forge a career by working towards a relevant NVQ/SCQF (e.g. Qualification in Archaeological Practice) while in employment, but most choose to follow a degree single honours degree or equivalent course in Archaeology or a related discipline such as Ancient History, Conservation or Heritage Management. Many also go on to undertake further study as part of a Masters degree, or by acquiring additional skills though the many courses offered by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).