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Archaeologist

Aliases: Pre-Historian Artefacts Researcher

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks an Archaeologist is expected to perform include:

  • Studying ancient art, architectural relics, monuments, excavations and other materials
  • Determining the social habits, customs, religious practices, living conditions, etc., that existed in the past and their influence on modern civilization
  • Visiting places of antiquity to study monuments, relics and other materials that were used in early times
  • Examining and analysing findings to determine the period to which they belong
  • Conducting explorations, surveys and systematic excavation work of ancient sites to discover hidden cities, structures and other antiquities
  • Collecting objects of art, pottery, beads, ornaments and other relics from excavations, bearing pre-historic or proto-historic culture
  • Classifying objects according to the period to which they belong
  • Undertaking research on findings and publishing reports on their historical importance
  • Inspecting and preserving ancient monuments like temples, forts, mosques, etc. in good order for architectural value
  • Preparing descriptive catalogues of the articles collected and other exhibits in museums
  • Delivering lectures to students and others interested in archaeology
  • Undertaking architectural surveys of temples and monuments to study the form and style of different periods
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • May need to ​handle a team
  • Local travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required​
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

​​​This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, M.A./M.Sc. in archaeology

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Basic knowledge of maths and statistics
  • Skilled in operating tools used in archaeological digging 
  • In-depth knowledge of history 
  • Skilled in examining historical monuments without damaging it
  • Skilled in writing detailed reports on research conducted
  • Basic knowledge of geology and different kinds of rocks, stones, etc.
  • Physically fit​
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Hardworking​
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 
Colleges offering archaeology across India
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/courses/ma-archaeology.html

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4
​Archaeologist → Teacher, Self Employed
     ↑
Intern → Field Technician
The progression is indicative
EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • ​For new entrants - Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month

These figures are indicative and subject to change​

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Some organizations hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Private and government colleges/universities
  • Museums
  • Cultural centres
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
KEYWORDS 

Archaeologist

OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152632.1100Archaeologist
ISCO 20082632 Sociologists, Anthropologists and Related Professionals
NIC 200872200Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3http://www.jagranjosh.com/careers/archaeology-1286449674-1​
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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