Analyze discoveries from the past in light of knowledge of historical civilizations in order to form new theories and understandings about the cultures and events of the past. Work in a research lab, on a computer, or in the field to uncover and examine artifacts, human remains, and structures and integrate them with existing knowledge.
Engineering, Architecture, Science and Mathematics
Examine, authenticate, date, and identify artifacts, structures, and remains recovered from archaeological digs or underwater exploration.Interpret new discoveries in light of existing knowledge of the past; write scientific papers detailing new ideas and facts that support them.Identify sites for exploration, sometimes participating in excavation.Follow exact procedures for excavation, cleaning, identification, and documentation of discoveries.Present and defend findings and intellectual theories.
Skills and Knowledge (Strengths and Talents)
Critical thinking – use logic, reasoning, and problem solving skills to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions, determine the validity of conclusions, and identify the pros and cons of different approaches Reading comprehension – understand written material related to the fieldSpeaking – clearly and effectively communicate information through an oral presentation or conversation Science – knowledge of archaeological processes of excavation, cleaning, dating, preservation, and identification of artifacts, remains, and structuresHistory – knowledge of past cultures and events and ability to incorporate new discoveriesAnthropology – knowledge of people groups and factors that influence changes in cultureWriting – ability to communicate ideas scientifically as well as for a general audienceGeography – knowledge of the geography and topography of the modern world as well as that of the pastLanguages – may require familiarity with foreign languages for communication when traveling or interpreting written records of the pastAdaptability – may work in many different environments, outdoors and indoors, requiring different types of clothing Travel – may require travel to dig sites or other locations to view discoveries
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