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Archaeologists study artifacts of the near and distant past to develop a picture of how people lived in earlier cultures and societies. Many in the profession are also involved in the preservation of archaeological sites. Some archaeologists work under the aegis of a major research institution, such as a university or a museum. Many more people in the field are employed by private-sector companies that assist the government and private developers in complying with federal laws aimed at protecting archaeological sites. (The Princeton Review)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S resource for occupational descriptions and information.
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist - The Princeton Review
- Sokanu: Archeologist - occupational information and videos
- Profile: Archaeologist, Indigenous Knowledge Researcher - University of Victoria
- Career Profile: Bioarcheologist - from Let's Talk Science
- Career Profile: Osteoarchaeologist - Let's Talk Science
- Alumni At Home: Yes, we have no dinosaurs - Archaeologist specializing in Paleoethnobotany - profile from UMToday Alumni
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupation Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- The Manitoba Archaeological Society (see Instagram)
- Canadian Archaeological Association
- Society for American Archaeology
- Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- Canadian Museums Directory - Canadian Museums Association
- Universities Canada - members
- BC Consulting Firms - BC Association of Professional Archaeologists
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These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- University of Manitoba Anthropology Students' Association (UMASA)
- Article: Underwater archeologist visits Winnipeg... - The Manitoban
- Article: Trading trenches for transects: An archaeologist’s experience at sea - UMToday News
- Article: All in a day's work: Dene archaeologist following his dream, reconnecting with roots - CBC
- Interview - Classics student involved in archeological fieldwork - UMToday News
- Archaeology - Parks Canada
- Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) - Government of Canada
- Wanuskewin Historical Park (Sask.) - Canada's longest-running archeological dig
- Canadian Museum of History - Archeology Lab
- Center for American Archaeology
- Current Archaeology magazine (U.K.)
- Archeology magazine - by the Archeological Institute of America
- Sample Careers in Archeology and Heritage Studies - Wilfred Laurier University
- Article: Excavating Canada's past with a newly critical eye - The Globe & Mail
- Article: Graves and Garbage: The Hard Life of an Archeologist - The New Yorker