Sunday 8 December 2013

Career in Archaeology: Finding Treasure and History [Article by Career Counsellor in Mumbai]

Hi Friends,

Check out my article publication in Parsi Times Newspaper dated 7th December 2013, on Career in Archaeology: Finding Treasure and History.

Article Title: Career in Archaeology: Finding Treasure and History
Article Date: 7th December, 2013
Article on: Parsi Times Newspaper
Article Author: Farzad Minoo Damania

You can read the entire transcript of the article below:

I am sure you must have read or heard about the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducting excavation work in Unnao village of Uttar Pradesh in pursuit of finding 1000 tonnes gold treasure. As a student, you might have thought of getting into engineering, accounts, management, teaching, acting, and so on. But, have you thought about a career in the field of Archaeology?
The word archaeology is derived from two Greek words 'archaios' meaning ‘ancient things’ and 'logos' meaning ‘theory of science’. Archaeology is an inter-disciplinary field which draws help from varied subjects such as history, anthropology, geography, geology, literature, linguistics, palaeontology, chemistry and art. It is the study of past civilization by recovering and analysing historical materials and historical data. It thus relates to piecing together the past, step by step, and trying to complete the jigsaw puzzle.

Roles and Responsibilities:
As an archaeologist, you will be examining ancient sites and conducting research to learn about past human life and culture. You will have to inspect, recover, and conserve artifacts (pottery, tools, architectural remains, coins, cave paintings) and human remains (skeletal) from past human cultures. Based on your research and experiments, you will have to write reports about your findings and give necessary recommendations on issues such as site conservation. You will also get an opportunity to work closely with historians, conservators, forensic science experts, geologists and sociologists.  

Personality Traits:
You should possess good observation skills, an analytical bent of mind with keen desire to learn about past culture and civilization. You must have physical stamina to work outdoors in uncomfortable conditions. Work at a given excavation site can be very lengthy and slow; and can last from few months to years. It is a very demanding and challenging job. Thus you need to be extremely patient, focussed and determined in your work. Strong critical thinking and problem solving ability to draw logical conclusions from site observations and laboratory experiments is also important.

Courses and Colleges:
Archaeology courses are mostly offered at post graduate level. So you need to first complete your graduation in any discipline, but it is preferable to have a Bachelor’s degree in History, Anthropology or Sociology. This should be followed by Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Ancient / Medieval Indian History, or Classical Languages such as Pali or Persian. Few good universities that offer these courses are: Institute of Archaeology (ASI) – Delhi, Banaras Hindu University – Varanasi, Delhi Institute of Heritage Research & Management – New Delhi, MS University of Baroda – Gujarat, and University of Madras – Chennai.

Job Opportunities:
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the major recruiter for archaeologists across India. Recruitment is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and various state public service commissions. Other government organizations that employ archaeologists are: Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), National Archives of India, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), All India Handicrafts Board, and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Cultural and historical divisions of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Defence also employ archaeologists. You could also work as curator, heritage conservator, archivist, surveyor, tourist guide, interpreter, heritage manager, archaeology professor or researcher, numismatist and epigraphist.

Salary Remuneration:
Salaries will vary depending on your skills, abilities and experience. You may start with a salary of Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12,000 per month. Experienced Archaeologists can earn Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month.  Having a Ph.D. in Archaeology will be an added advantage.

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Best Regards,
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Founder - Career Nurturer
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