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Becoming an Archaeologist
A Guide to Professional Pathways

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521734691

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  • Becoming an Archaeologist: A Guide to Professional Pathways is an engaging handbook on career paths in the area of archaeology. It outlines in straightforward fashion the entire process of getting a job in archaeology, including the various options; the training that is required; and how to get positions in the academic, commercial, and government worlds. It also includes discussion of careers in related heritage professions such as museums and conservation societies. The book includes a series of interviews with real archaeologists, all young professionals who began their careers within the last ten years. These insider guides offer essential tips on how they got their first job and progressed in their careers. Written in an accessible style, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in the realities of archaeology in the 21st century.

    • The book includes a series of insider guides: interviews with real archaeologists, all young professionals who began careers within the last ten years, which offer essential tips on how the interviewees got their first job and progressed in their careers
    • Each chapter on the different career paths in archaeology concludes with a 'pros and cons' section that outlines the good and bad sides of a career in that particular sector
    • The book is supported by three useful appendices: a list of further reading and useful websites; a glossary of key archaeological terms, laws and acronyms; and a guide to the equipment that budding archaeologists should take on their first project
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    • Winner of the Current Archaeology Book of the Year Award 2012

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Anyone considering a career in the discipline should read this - unlike most books on archaeology, it will tell you the future." -Current Archaeology

    "In this very readable and comprehensive guide, he passes on his understanding of what being an archaeologist today is about. It will be useful not only to would-be archaeologists, but also to paid up aficionados who might wonder what others in their profession get up to and worry about..." - British Archaeology

    "All in all, this is a book I would recommend to anyone contemplating a career in archaeology, career advisors and those teaching introductory archaeology courses." --Antiquity

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521734691
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is and isn't archaeology
    2. Skills and training
    3. Cultural resource management
    4. Academia
    5. Local government
    6. Central government
    7. Public and community archaeology

  • Author

    Joe Flatman, University College London
    Joe Flatman is the County Archaeologist of Surrey in southeast England and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has published widely on issues of archaeological practice, ethics, and law in archaeology. His most recent books include Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts and Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World (co-edited with Marcy Rockman).


    • Winner of the Current Archaeology Book of the Year Award 2012

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