Career of the Month: Historical Archaeologistby: Megan Sullivan

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Historical archaeologists such as Mark Warner investigate through excavations and written records of how people lived in the recent past. This thrilling career involves the excavation of artifacts, in combination with written documents, and enables archeologists to tell stories about how everyday individuals--just like you and me--lived in the past.

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  • on Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:15 PM

According to this archaeologist "Excavation of artifacts, in combination with written documents, has been able to tell archeologists stories about how everyday individuals—just like you and me—lived in the past." Notice he emphasizes written documents plus excavation. His advice to students is to try to work on a dig (excavation) during the summer before deciding if this is the career they want. It was the deciding factor for this archaeologist.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:31 PM

An historical archeologist is interested in learning about how people lived in the more recent past than prehistoric times. This is a field of social science that shows the relationship between historical objects and texts to the society of that time. In particular we learn how important it is to safely excavate a site and safely store the products of the dig in the lab for future examination. Reading the article describes a typical day in Mark’s life and why he loves his job. This would be a way to work at a job that combines history with science.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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