How Can I Get Started in Archaeology?
If you’ve got this far, the chance is you’ve already seen Channel 4 TV’s Time Team, so you already have an idea of what constitutes archaeology and the options it gives you, and what you might like to do. Your local library will most likely have a selection of books on the subject that you can read up on. Visit some of the museums and archaeological sites in your area: apart from their archaeological displays, they often have introductory information, publications, and details of events. If your enthusiasm is growing, then you may wish to take out a subscription to a magazine like the CBA’s own British Archaeology. British Archaeology includes CBA Briefing, which gives information on forthcoming excavations and fieldwork projects at which volunteers and newcomers are welcome.
If you’re really keen you could find out if there is a community archaeology group in your area, and become involved with them. Local libraries often have information on how to get in touch with groups, however the CBA also has the Community Archaeology Forum, a website designed to publicise the work of these groups and help others to discover what groups exist and how to contact them.
Remember, too, that there are other ways of developing your interest: for example, through evening classes or day schools run by the WEA, U3A or University adult continuing education centres. Many of the latter offer the chance to study part-time for qualifications such as the Certificate of Archaeology, part of the Open Studies program which requires no previous background knowledge or qualifications. An A-Level Archaeology course is also available in some parts of the country. See our education pages for further details of these options.
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