Anthropologists and Archeologists

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Also known as:  Anthropologist, Applied Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Ethnoarchaeologist, Medical Anthropologist, Physical Anthropologist, Political Anthropologist, Research Anthropologist, Research Archaeologist

ABOUT ANTHROPOLOGIST OR ARCHEOLOGIST CAREERS

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Anthropologists and archeologists 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.

Archaeologists 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 archeology 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 Ph.D. is required. These are academic fields that combine curiosity and attention to detail with a taste for adventure.
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Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.
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