Are there medical constraints for an archaeological career?

Here’s another question about a career in archaeology.

Are there medical constraints for an archaeological career?
Archaeology is physical labour: you have to spend long hours on your knees, you bend in half to crawl into a tomb, you have be perched on top of a wall to copy inscriptions or you have to work most of the day in the very hot sun. It is the kind of work that demands a certain level of agility and endurance. However, the most important is not your physical shape but your health and your general constitution. If you work in Africa, South America, Asia or the Middle East… you are in third-world countries where you can easily fall seriously ill because water is not drinkable, the sanitary installations are lacking and there are all sorts of dangerous tropical diseases you might contract. If you have poor health, it is not recommended that you work in those countries. Talk to your medical doctor to know if you are healthy enough for the job.

How do I become an archaeologist?


Another chronicle has been added to An Archaeologist’s Diary: How do I become an archaeologist? That very question (actually, “how do I become an Egyptologist?”) is the reason why I created the original An Archaeologist’s Diary back in 2002. Please do keep in mind that what you will read in this chronicle are merely ideas to consider when thinking about a career in archaeology, not strict guidelines to follow to become an archaeologist.

Click on ‘How do I become an archaeologist?‘ in the menu and follow the links on that page to fully explore the chronicle. Enjoy!