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Conduct research to reconstruct record of past human life and culture from human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures recovered through excavation, underwater recovery, or other means of discovery.

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When thinking of an archaeologist job description, it's tempting to imagine Indiana Jones, baited traps, and monumental discoveries. An archaeologist job description isn't glamorous all the time, but it does involve some exciting discoveries. Reconstruction of past cultures, ancient artifacts discovered in places thought to be uninhabited, and dinosaurs unearthed in new locations are among the many findings in archaeologists' research.

An archaeologist job description often includes having a master's or doctorate degree in anthropology, specializing in archaeology. Generally speaking, the four basic elements in an archaeologist job description are recovery, documentation, analysis, and interpretation. These skills may be practiced out in the field or in a lab or classroom setting. Often an archaeologist job description specifies a certain region of expertise.

A recent PayScale Archaeologist Survey reveals that most archaeologists did not work in related positions five years prior to attaining an archaeologist job title. While pursuing a master's or doctorate degree, working as a student services coordinator or Administrative Assistant was common. Five years after holding an archaeologist job description, most archaeologists advanced in their field, sometimes moving into related positions such as Geographic Information Systems Analyst.

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