Career As Archaeologist

Archaeology is one of the best courses that you can choose for a bright career in the future.

What is Archaeology?

Archaeology is the study of the ancient or recent human past through material remains. It is also a sub-discipline of Anthropology, which is the study of all human cultures. The experts are called as Archaeologist.

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The word “Archaeology” has been derived from the Greek word “arkhaiologia” which means ancient history.

“In short terms, Archaeology is the study of human history.”

Archaeology includes the study of artifacts, architecture, biofacts (eco-facts) and cultural landscapes.

Who are Archaeologists?

Archaeologists are the scientists who study the remains of groups of people and past civilizations. They study the things people from long time ago left behind such as their homes, clothes, tools, bones, dishes, etc.

Archaeologist gathers the different types of evidence of human past from various places and observes & examines the result. If you want to become an archaeologist, then you must possess depth knowledge of history and geography.

The responsibility of an archaeologist is to do survey in various sites using different methods and instruments, manipulate the data using drawing, notes and photography.


Types of Archaeology:

Prehistoric Archaeology – It focus on the study of past culture that did not have any written language.

Historical Archaeology – It is the study of cultures or civilizations that existed during the period of recorded history.

Underwater Archaeology – It studies the physical remain of human activities beneath the surface of the oceans. It also includes maritime technology.

Urban Archaeology– Urban archeology is a branch of archeology specializing in large towns and cities with long stratigraphic histories of work. Some archaeologists also use urban archeology to refer to any archeology conducted in an urban areas.

Skills Needed to Become an Archaeologist

  • Enthusiasm & zeal to know with the developments in archaeology
  • well-organized approach, with effective attention to depth detail
  • strong team work skills, particularly at the time of fieldwork
  • self-motivation and focus
  • extra communication skills and the ability to effectively work with other professionals
  • master in using various tools and instruments
  • patience and dedication
  • having good IT skills
  • an analytical and peace mind, with a keen interest in the archaeology

Courses & Eligibility

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Now, lets talk about courses in this field.

There are plenty of courses like diploma, bachelor, masters and doctoral courses are available in this field. The basic requirements to pursue bachelor courses are candidates must have passed 10+2 standard from any stream.

For master courses, students must have a bachelor’s degree in the related field like Archeology, Indian History Culture, anthropology, etc. For postgraduate diploma, students should have a master’s degree in Ancient/Medieval Indian History or Archaeology.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Diploma in Indian Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Indian History Culture and Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Museology

Master Courses:

  • MA in Archaeology
  • MA in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology
  • Master of Science in Archaeology
  • Master of Philosophy in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology

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For admissions in these courses, firstly you should meet the eligibility criteria mentioned for those courses. In India, some universities organize their own entrance exams for screening candidates for admission in Archaeology courses.

Where to Study Archaeology in India?….. Here we have listed the top colleges to pursue courses in this field:

  • Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Barkatullah Vishwavidhyalaya, Bhopal
  • The Delhi Institute of Heritage Research & Management, New Delhi
  • Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Haryana)
  • Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Career Scope

India has a rich cultural heritage that’s why demand for archaeologists is higher in India.

Qualified students can apply for various job profiles in government and private sectors. Once you get a post-graduate diploma in archaeology you can apply as a lecturer in various universities or institutions.

As an Archaeologist you can work in private or government-owned museums for the safe upkeep and management of museum artifacts.

In this profession of archaeology, the jobs are offered to those who have interest in knowing past of the humans, animals, or civilization that existed thousands years ago. Aspirants can find job in government sectors through exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission or Staff Selection commission. A degree holder in Archaeology can also work as tourist guide, heritage mangers, interpreters’ resource persons of trip organizers in tourism. Archaeology graduates have great scope in for jobs as well as research in various colleges and universities.

Jobs you can get with a degree in this field:

  • Archaeologist
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Heritage manager
  • Lecturer
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Museum education officer

Top recruiters companies are:

  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
  • National heritage agencies
  • Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)
  • Government and private museums and cultural galleries
  • Universities and colleges

Duties of an Archaeologist:

  • Preserve, restore and clean artifacts.
  • Collecting data about the archaeological site.
  • Collect artifacts made of stone, metal, bones and preserve them.
  • Create drawings and maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.

Salary & Payscale

Thinking about Salary??…. Here the sky is the limit, depending upon the individual determination and ability.

In India, as a fresher Archaeologist you can expect a salary between Rs.2.5 to 3.5 lakcs per year.

Experienced and well-qualified professionals can expect salary packages between Rs.5 to 8 lakcs per annum.

Salary packages will also depend upon education, working area, sector, level of skills, experience and many other factors. A doctoral degree is a must need for a better career and a good salary package in this field. Below we have mentioned the average salary of job profiles related to Archaeology.

Job ProfileStarting Salary per annumSenior Level Salary per annum
Archaeologists (Government)Rs. 3,50,000Rs. 10,00,000
Documentation SpecialistRs. 2,60,000Rs. 5,00,000
Museum/ Gallery Officer or CuratorRs. 1,50,000Rs. 5,00,000
PalaeontologistRs. 3,50,000Rs. 10,00,000
LecturerRs. 2,50,000Rs. 6,00,000
Assistant ArchaeologistRs. 2,00,000Rs. 6,00,000

Books & Study Materials

Some good books to pursue Archaeology are listed here:

The Mind in the Cave by David Lewis-Williams

The Prehistory of the Mind: A Search for Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen

Before Civilization by Colin Renfrew

Sinews of Survival by Betty Kobayashi Issenman

Religion Explained by Pascal Boyer

Return to Chauvet Cave by Jean Clottes

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Displaying 53 Comments
  1. Mohit Kumar says:

    Sir i have done B.A in History and I have done M.A in History I want to be an archaeologist. Sir what should i do ??

  2. Devyani patil says:

    Me MA history ki students hu plzz muje aage aage ke course bataiye

  3. AthulyaRohith says:

    I completed my studies in BA, BEd(Malayalam). I like to study archeology and my dream is to become an archeologist. What is the nxt step i can do for it.

  4. Vaishnavi mate says:

    I have completed my 12th in Commerce. But I am interested in History . I want to study archeology . Can you guide me on my decision? also If I can study whats the scope for archeology? and how can I be financially stable in my career

  5. Himani singh says:

    I have completed 12th standard from commerce. I want to archeologist. Please suggest me what should I do.

  6. Hridhya says:

    I have completed BA History, i want to take a PG diploma in archeology, what are its possibilities and scop .
    Pls help me.

  7. Anuj says:

    Hello sir/mam
    I am pursuing MA hons in history. What should I do to become an Archeologist after M.A.

  8. akhila says:

    sir/mam iam +2student(humanities). after studing in 12th i like to studying archeologist . sir/mam please suggest how can become a archeologist .

  9. Asmi says:

    Hi, I am looking forward to pursuing a career in archaeology, please suggest subjects that I can take after 10th.

  10. Floranse says:

    I have completed and i have to become a archeologist, Is there any online courses available

  11. Ravitheja says:

    I have complete bachelor degree history and archaeology I am searching for job in archaeologist please help me

  12. harsh rana says:

    hi sir I complete 12th in science but i don’t know to prepertion of archelogy which course will be do please guild me sir.

  13. Farha says:

    I recently completed m.a from history …now I want to become a archeologist what should I do …plz suggest any good course for me….

  14. Mini says:

    Which degree is best for archaeology?

  15. N.MugeshRaj says:

    I have completed BCA computer application , now I want to become a archaeologist please guide me to become.

  16. RKO says:

    I want to become archeologist and I finish my 12th std which course I would take

  17. Mayank parganiha says:

    I just passed 12th standard i want a good collage for archeology course in banglore .please help

  18. Amar Pal Singh Bhalla says:

    I have completed my MA in history this month. Now I wanted to become an archaeologist.please provide me required guidance related to this

  19. Mona Condra says:

    I’m post graduate in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology in 2011 with 1st class percentage
    I’m finding A job in this area please suggest me what can I do ?
    Thank you Ma’am/Sir

  20. Sujal says:

    I’m interested in acchaeology

  21. Akku says:

    Hello . I am doing my first year Hons in sociology but I would pursue my carrier in archeology. Will it be possible for me to do so?

  22. Srivatsan says:

    After completing B.A English can we choose M. A. Archeology

  23. Sainaj Aktari says:

    Sir/madam ,now I read in 2nd year(zoology) can I became an archaeologist?

  24. Nethra says:

    Mam or sir .Ian studying in 9 STD and I wanted to become an archaeologist .Which subject shall I study for 11th and 12th classes

  25. Sneha Aher says:

    I am studying in 12th arts what should I take up after 12th to become an archaeologist in order to get a government job

  26. Samira Banu says:

    Sir I have completed MA in history now I want a job In archaeology

  27. Samira Banu says:

    sir I just completed B.A And M.A in history how can i beacome archeologist

  28. Suvarna says:

    Hello,I just want to know age criteria.

  29. XYZ says:

    I am in class 11 with PCM
    I am really interested in archaeology.
    Should I choose archaeology as my career.
    Please provide some guidance.

  30. Sartaj Ahmad bhat 9906780387 says:

    Sir I have completed MA in history now I want a job In archaeology

  31. sanjeet mattaparthi says:

    I’m in 12th Maharashtra board.know I have few months left to complete the 12th board .can u tell after 12th what should I study ? And suggest some course related to
    Archaeology.thank you for your knowledge

  32. Christeena says:

    Sir,iam a humanities student and iam studying in class11.I want to pick a job which is diluted in history. I think Archaeology is best. Pls guide me.How can i achieve it

  33. Devu says:

    what was the further steps that a BA history student should take ? should we take MA archaeology ?

  34. Athul Sony says:

    I want to become an archeoligst and want to work in aboard how can I do that

  35. Vimlesh says:

    Hello sir/mam iam studing in 12th class sir/mam i have a doubt that after 12 I have to study regular collage to be an archeologist or I can do private collage

  36. Shaikh Mustaqueem Hakeem says:

    I’m from Ajanta Caves Aurangabad in Maharashtra ”
    How to become a archaeologists???

  37. shrinidhi says:

    will i have a good future if i do doctrate in archeology?

  38. Rakesh Kumar c says:

    I am interested in archeology Dept am searching archeology besed jobs pls anybody wanted fresher I am helpful with u from tamilnadu

  39. Alwin says:

    Sir, now I am studying +2 commerce and i am intrested in archeology…. Please give me a guide after +2 …

  40. Pranjal Jaolekar says:

    I’m student of BBA can i do my masters in archeology feild?

  41. karthik says:

    hello, if i do diploma in archeology, will i be able to purse masters abroad

  42. Keerthana says:

    Am I eligible to work in archeology job I am qualified bcom and mba ,

  43. Kaviya says:

    I have completed my bachelor degree in biomedical..nd I want be a archeologist nd can u help me for further details…

  44. Swetha says:

    Hi I am studying 12 the std now I had taken biology with maths group but I am well interested in archeology am I eligible for archeology

  45. sakshi upreti says:

    any chances that we can work with foreign companies ?

  46. Ponnapureddy suchithra says:

    Im studying BA hep am I eligible to be to pg archaeology and how can I be an archeologist after pg

  47. Sivabalaji Rathinam says:

    Sir I am Siva..I am India..

  48. Akash says:

    Actually i have completed my diploma in eee(electrical and electronic engeneerig) so can join arceology in btech if i can join how to join what is the process ??please tell me

  49. R Veena Sekhar says:

    It is a usefull to me and help full
    Thanks a lot for the information ???

  50. Swetha.A says:

    Sir/mam .Iam qualified 12board exam how can I study archeology

  51. Meenakshi says:

    Respected sir/madam,
    I’m studying 12.I have taken biology-maths group but I want to become an archaeologist. Now how I can switch to study archaeology.
    Even suggest some colleges in south India for higher studies for archaeology.

  52. Nikhitha says:

    I am +1student(humanities). .I want to take BA history and I want to be an archeologist.After BAcourse which courses

  53. Harshini says:

    Hello mam/sir
    Actually I’m studying my 12th standard C.E.C. Sooo is that ok to choose to be an archeologist. After my 12th class,what degree I wanted to choose to become an archeologist….will u please suggest me….plzzzz

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