South Africa has nine iconic World Heritage Sites and numerous important archaeological sites that need to be preserved to ensure that our national heritage is conserved. Archaeology involves studying ancient and the recent human past through material remains to understand culture and traditions.
Archaeologists often work in teams with specialised professionals like anthropologists, curators and historians. They often travel in teams to remote areas for relatively long periods of time working through excavation sites. They can work in laboratories preserving artefacts or perform desk-based research in offices, as well.
Archaeologists require a solid background in history and sociology and must have a sound knowledge of heritage legislation and policy. They will additionally benefit from:
Plan research projects to answer questions and test hypotheses about human activity through environmental data of the past
Develop data collection methods
Document and analyse data, laboratory samples and other sources of information
Advise organisations on the cultural impact of proposed plans, policies and programs
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Archaeology at UCT and Wits
B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Archaeology at UNISA, Univen, UP and Wits
Heritage sites and museums.