By Joe Flatman
Turning into an Archaeologist: A consultant to expert Pathways is a fascinating guide on profession paths within the region of archaeology. It outlines in straight forward model the whole technique of getting a role in archaeology, together with many of the techniques; the learning that's required; and the way to get positions within the educational, advertisement, and govt worlds. it is usually dialogue of careers in similar background professions equivalent to museums and conservation societies. The booklet features a sequence of interviews with actual archaeologists, all younger execs who started their careers in the final ten years. those insider publications supply crucial tips about how they acquired their first activity and improved of their careers. Written in an available sort, the booklet is vital studying for somebody drawn to the realities of archaeology within the twenty first century.
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In terms of professional pathways toward becoming a maritime or underwater archaeologist, therefore, it should be clear that prospective specialists in these fields need exactly the same skills as every other archaeologist – good schooling in a broad array of subjects allowing them to move on to at least a first, if not multiple, university degree in archaeology, anthropology, and related disciplines. Most undergraduate archaeology/anthropology degrees now include classes, in some cases optional courses, in underwater and/or maritime archaeology: there are also specialist MA/MSc programs around the world, and many active underwater/maritime archaeologists also have PhDs in related topics.
By seeking to define itself, historical archaeology runs the risk of making pejorative assumptions about different cultures and civilizations, of being biased toward documentary cultures and assuming that any culture without a written record is somehow lesser than others that possess such records. Historical archaeology also runs the risk of being biased toward Eurocentric approaches to the past in terms of documentary chronology – not a perception of the past in relation to the present shared by all civilizations and cultures.
Maritime archaeologists and underwater archaeologists often work together, and often have the same skills, but need not – these two specialties are not indivisible. It is possible to do maritime archaeology on dry land (an example is Scandinavian Viking Age boat graves); it is equally possibly to do non-maritime archaeology under water (an example is the now-submerged remains of prehistoric settlements that were formerly on dry land but that became submerged owing to long-term sea level rise after the end of the last Ice Age).
Becoming an Archaeologist: A Guide to Professional Pathways by Joe Flatman