Anthropologists and Archeologists Job Description video

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Anthropologists and archaeologists are explorers of human culture. Their work is closely connected. Both careers focus on the way people live together. Anthropologists study the origin of humans, and their physical, social and cultural development. They are concerned with how the past relates to the present. They also conduct research by going to locations to ask questions, and make observations. An archaeologist is a kind of anthropologist. Archaeologists study past societies through their material remains. They recover and examine material evidence, such as ruins, tools and pottery remaining from past human cultures. With this evidence, they build an understanding of the history, customs and living habits of earlier civilizations. Archeologists often travel to sites called “digs” where they search for remnants of societies. Together, they create a picture of a society. We often think of anthropology and archaeology in terms of the past: unearthing the secrets of ancient civilizations. But these scientists also examine living societies, in faraway Amazon jungles or in a neighborhood next door. They might study gender differences, physical attributes, music or religion—their field is the wide array of human social experience. Usually their work is sponsored by a museum, university or foundation. But they might also be independent filmmakers, or authors. Most anthropologists and archaeologists prepare for their careers with a four year college program followed by extensive graduate level study. For many professional positions, especially with Universities, a PhD is required. These are academic fields that combine curiosity and attention to detail…with a taste for adventure.


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