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Questions about becoming an Archaeologist

I want to go on a dig. How do I volunteer? What archaeological opportunities are there in my area?

How can archaeologists stand all that dust and dirt being on them all the time when they excavate an ancient site? Doesn't that get annoying sometimes?

Anthropology Resources on the Internet

Many Dig readers tell us that they want to pursue a career in archaeology. We asked Dr. Dig for her advice to all those interested in becoming archaeologists!

What is the difference between an archaeologist and an anthropologist?

What jobs are there in the real world for archaeologists to do?

I want to go on a dig! How do I volunteer?
What archaeological opportunities are there in my area?

My life dream is to become an Egyptologist or archaeologist. What books, games, sites, or anything else would you recommend? Do you think I would find anything if I began digging in our old creek in the woods?

What college should I go to study archaeology? What subjects should I take?

What happens during graduate school for an archaeologist?

Why did you want to become an archaeologist?

How much money do archaeologists make?

How many hours does an archaeologist work each day?

What kinds of jobs are there for archaeologists?

Is there a career combining art and archaeology?

Is there an archeaology job that involves animals and wildlife?

What do archaeologists do from the time they get up until they go to bed?

What specialties are there within the field of archaeology?

What languages should an archaeologist know?

Do you need to study world religions?

Would I have to learn about computers?

Do archaeologists need to know about rocks?

Do you have to pass a physical fitness test to be an archaeologist?

Do you have any pointers on writing and being tidy and organized as an archaeologist?

How can archaeologists stand all that dust and dirt being on them?

Can archaeologists bring their families on digs?

Do most archeologists travel a lot?

Do archaeologists get special offers like visiting
certain places nobody else is allowed to see?

Where do archaeologists live while they are working on a site?

Describe a typical day for an archaeologist.

What's the hardest thing about being an archaeologist?

Could you give me some information on the basics of archaeology?

What could I do now to get started in the field of archaeology?

I'm worried about how to become an archaeologist.

(See also www.saa.org/Careers and www.britarch.ac.uk/educate/ed6.html.)


The following are Questions we receive about Dr. Dig!

1. What is your name?

Angela Murock Hussein

2. What is your occupation?

Archaeological Consultant and Editorial Assistant at the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt and Cataloger for the Mochlos Excavations in east Crete.

3. How did you get your job?

I moved to Egypt with my husband who also works for the SCA and was offered a job here as well. In Crete, I volunteered at first and then received a position cataloging and writing about artifacts for publications.

4. What were the requirements for your job?

A Ph.D in archaeology, experience doing research and editing scholarly publications and lots of reading.

5. If other jobs were available, why did you choose this one ?

These are great jobs, Egypt is a spectacular place to do archaeology. I work in the government office that manages all of the ancient sites, so I get to hear about all the new discoveries and I get to see places that not everyone can get into. For Crete, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the site is fantastic and interesting.

6. What responsibilities do you have on an average day?

I go to work every day and I spend most of my time writing, editing and reading. In Crete, I do the same, except I spend more time directly with the artifacts.

7. What do you like most about your job?

Living in interesting places and being around ancient places and artifacts.

8. What do you like least about your job?

Sometimes I work very long hours and very often six days a week.

9. Will there be a continuing need for people interested in doing your job?

Of course, management of sites and artifacts after excavation preserves them for the future, but everything requires maintenance. And responsible publication of finds is how scholars and the rest of the world find out about what we are finding out about how ancient people lived.

10. Would you change jobs?

I might, but I definitely want to stay in this field.

11. If you could have any job int he world, what would it be?

Maybe head of my own archaeology journal.

Biography of Angela Murock Hussein

Angela Murock Hussein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and as a little girl, it was her dream to go to Egypt. She attended the University of Rhode Island and then received a Ph.D. in Old World Archaeology and Art from Brown University. At Brown, she married an Egyptian archaeologist and lived in Giza, Egypt, before moving to Germany, where her husband is at the University of Tuebingen. Dr. Hussein is an archaeological consultant and assistant director for the Mochlos Excavations in Crete.


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