Archaeology clubs and societies are one of the best ways for aspiring amateur and professional archaeologists to get started in their passion: find a group of people who also want to learn about archaeology or work as volunteers on archaeological digs. Even if you're not in school, or ever plan to be a professional archaeologist, you too can explore your passion for the field and even get trained and go on excavations. For that, you need an amateur archaeology club. There are numerous local and regional clubs throughout the world, with activities that range from Saturday morning reading groups to full-fledged societies with publications and conferences and opportunities to work on archaeological excavations. Some amateurs write their own reports and give presentations. If you live in a fairly good-sized city, chances are there are local amateur archaeology clubs right near you. The trouble is, how do you find them, and how do you pick the right one for you?
3 Ways to Get Involved in Archaeology
From Native American shell mounds to a Civil War submarine to tools from an ice age more than 16, years ago, there's plenty of history to uncover. There even are a few sites where you can get your hands dirty - sifting through the pieces of the past. Just off the Ashley River, Charles Towne Landing marks the birthplace of the Carolina colony, located where English settlers landed in The acre site includes gardens, a natural habitat zoo, a 17th century replica sailing ship, a self-guided history tour - and archaeological excavations. Archaeology: Excavations at the park have provided clues to previous inhabitants - from Native Americans to European settlers to African slaves. Evidence suggests there was continual human occupation of this land for at least 6, years.
Archaeology as a Hobby
By Nancy Marie White. You can get involved with archaeology yourself — whether from your armchair, as a tourist, or as a participant in a dig. You can hear professional archaeology lectures at museums and universities, local libraries, and even community centers that emphasize lifelong learning. Checking out these institutions and their scheduled programs is as easy as looking around your community or online. For a lengthier but still short-term option, consider week-long workshops or seasonal training programs in archaeology; these offerings usually include lectures in the classroom as well as digging.
Some people might prefer to experience the excitement of archaeology but only as a hobby. As well as the academic learning about the history of human beings and their cultural civilisations, assisting in the protection of the cultural resources of the archaeological record, and being a part of rediscovering our ancient past, the hobbyist can have a stimulating and entertaining time doing it. Likewise, to become a professional archaeologist will take a lot of educational time, and many years of hands-on experience, hard work in foreign lands, and not much time for friends and family. While long hard days in dusty digging pits returning only average salary may suit a small eccentric group of the population, typically, archaeology is not a profession that a lot of people chase after. However, there are lots of people who are interested in digging up the past and who want very much to increase their knowledge about the history of ancient humankind.