How do I become an archaeologist?

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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!

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Do archaeologists work only in their specialised field or do they have to study all the civilisations of the world?

Do archaeologists work only in their specialised field or do they have to study all the civilisations of the world?

Archaeologists will chose a specialty. You have to understand that archaeology is a very, very broad field of study. An archaeologist cannot know every thing about everything! That’s why, if you want to become an archaeologist, you have to figure out which civilisation fascinates you the most and, based on that, select correct the university programme. My specialty is ancient Egypt and Nubia. I know a bit about the ancient Mediterranean in general because we cannot study civilisations in a vacuum. Otherwise, I don’t know much about civilisations in other parts of the world. Simple and basic things only. I like reading about other civilisations and cultures, but I will never be an expert in those other fields.