Can you dig it?

If you’re interested in exploring and uncovering the past, then why not find out more at this year’s Festival of British Archaeology, 14-29 July 2012?

With over 750 events across the UK, you can take part in activities including behind the scenes tours and guided walks, special exhibitions, excavations and workshops, re-enactments, and finds’ identification days. You never know, Archaeology might be the career for you.

Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the festival brings together a range of heritage organisations including museums, universities, archaeological units, and community groups, as well as national bodies such as English Heritage and the National Trust.  To find out what’s on in your area visit:

But what does an Archaeologist actually do?  From Indiana Jones to Time Team, the common view of Archaeology can vary quite widely. In reality, there is much more to the profession than working in a muddy field, and many roles are  office or lab-based.

Archaeologists are concerned with the study of history through the excavation of sites, often known as ‘a dig,’ and the analysis of physical remains, from items such as pottery and weapons through to bones and jewellery.

Employment opportunities span a variety of sectors including national agencies such as the Forestry CommissionNational Parks and the Highways Agency; teaching and research institutions; and museums and heritage organisations.

Local Authorities and Developers often employ Archaeologists in connection with new building developments to ensure that sites are properly surveyed, recorded and preserved before building work takes place, and to advise on planning applications.

Forensic Archaeologists apply the principles and techniques of Archaeology to the investigation of serious crime, using both field and laboratory skills.

For further information on careers in Archaeology, visit The Council for British Archaeology.

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