Introduction; 1. What is and isn't archaeology; 2. Skills and training; 3. Cultural resource management; 4. Academia; 5. Local government; 6. Central government; 7. Public and community archaeology; Conclusion.
A straightforward guide to the entire process of getting a job in archaeology.
Joe Flatman is the County Archaeologist of Surrey in southeast England and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has published widely on issues of archaeological practice, ethics, and law in archaeology. His most recent books include Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts and Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World (co-edited with Marcy Rockman).
'Anyone considering a career in the discipline should read this -
unlike most books on archaeology, it will tell you the future.'
'Flatman is well placed to write such a book, as he can draw on his experience in field archaeology and currently holds positions as both an academic and a local government archaeologist. His accounts are a combination of thorough documentation, good summaries, experience and common sense, and include useful devices, such as interviews with practitioners in the different fields, 'pros and cons' tables, [and] sketches of a 'day in the life' of a particular professional ... All in all, this is a book I would recommend to anyone contemplating a career in archaeology, career advisors and those teaching introductory archaeology courses.' Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity
"Anyone considering a career in the discipline should read this - unlike most books on archaeology, it will tell you the future." -Current Archaeology
"In this very readable and comprehensive guide, he passes on his understanding of what being an archaeologist today is about. It will be useful not only to would-be archaeologists, but also to paid up aficionados who might wonder what others in their profession get up to and worry about..." - British Archaeology
"All in all, this is a book I would recommend to anyone contemplating a career in archaeology, career advisors and those teaching introductory archaeology courses." --Antiquity