What is cultural heritage management? answer
Cultural heritage managers have the job of looking after heritage places so that everyone can enjoy them and their heritage significance is recognised and preserved. Cultural heritage managers are often (but not always) consultants, who work with the government, with developers, or with anyone involved in work that might affect archaeological sites. Most cultural heritage management jobs are available in areas where there is lots of development or construction.
What kind of field experience does the Archaeology Department offer students? answer
The Department offers a wide range of field experience to all students. Graduate students can take part in field methods topics and field schools (the Maritime Archaeology Program, for example, offers a two week field school each year in February and Masters Classes in particular techniques during both semesters). Masters student projects, PhD projects and staff projects continually supply students with field work opportunities, and internships (paid and unpaid) are generally offered each year through the Master of Maritime Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management Programs. Undergraduates can gain field experience through participation in field topics and field schools and through volunteer work on other projects. For more information about field work at Flinders see our Fieldwork web pages.
Getting a Job in Archaeology
Are there any jobs in archaeology? answer
Lots! Although you may not find them in the newspaper, there are lots of jobs available in Australia and overseas in archaeology.
What kind of job can I get? answer
Most jobs in archaeology relate to the field of cultural heritage management - also called contract, or consulting, archaeology. Other jobs can be found in museums, in government departments, or in universities.
How do I get a job in archaeology? answer
You need a minimum of 4 years (a three year undergraduate degree in archaeology, and a one year Honours degree) to be considered qualified as a professional archaeologist. Other qualifications, such as a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage Management, may be considered equivalent to Honours, as long as their focus is on archaeology.
Further Study in Archaeology
How do I get a PhD? answer
You need a first class or IIA Honours degree to gain admission into a PhD. If you want a job in a university you should also get as much teaching experience as you can.
How do I get into Honours? answer
How do I get into the Maritime Archaeology Program, Master of CHM or the Master of Archaeology program? answer
Where can I find the application to apply to the graduate programs? answer
Can I apply to a graduate program if I don't have a degree in archaeology? answer
Yes. Many of our students come from allied fields, such as history, anthropology or classics. Still others come from completely different fields, such as law, but are interested in archaeology as a life long passion, or as a new career direction. The graduate program in archaeology, in particular, has been designed as a generalist program for students who may never have studied archaeology before. We encourage all applications, regardless of the focus of your previous degree. To find out the backgrounds of our current students, see: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/postgrad-programs/by-coursework/pg-in-chm/students.cfm, http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/postgrad-programs/by-coursework/pg-in-arch/current-students.cfm and http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/postgrad-programs/by-coursework/pg-in-maritime-arch/students.cfm.
I don't live in Adelaide. Can I study by distance learning? answer
Only if you are a graduate student. In all three graduate programs many topics are available both as face-to-face topics for students who live in Adelaide and as fully distance learning packages for external students. Not all topics are offered externally, though, particularly field methods or other 'hands-on' topics. Most of these are available as intensives instead so that distance students can participate.
What are the student fees for the graduate programs? answer
Do I need to know what field of study or research project I would like to conduct in order to apply for the graduate programs? answer
No, you don't need to know or identify your specific research project. The Department of Archaeology teaching staff have a wide range of research interests and ongoing projects. Once you are accepted into the program we will work with you to choose an area of research that suits you and the Department. If you are particularly interested in a topic and would like to discuss this with a member of the Department, we'd be happy to talk to you about the possibilities.
Should I turn in letters of recommendation or reference with my application for graduate study? answer
Letters of recommendation or reference are not compulsory but they are highly recommended. You can send them in with your application or directly to the Postgraduate coordinator of the program. These letters simply help us make a better informed decision on your application and can act as a supplement for particularly low transcripts or marks.
I'm Interested, But ...
Can I get work experience in the department? answer
Yes. The department regularly hosts work experience students from high schools around Adelaide.
For details regarding school work experience in the Department please go here
Can I volunteer for an archaeological dig? answer
Sometimes you can, but only large projects will ask for volunteers. Check the Volunteer Opportunities web page to see if any volunteer opportunities are available."
I've found something in my backyard-can you come and dig it up? answer
All excavation in South Australia requires a permit from the State Government before any excavation can happen, so we can't just come and dig anything up. We can come and look at things for you to see if it really is an archaeological site or relic, although this will depend on whether someone is available. Contact the office on 82012385 to find out and download the Archaeology in My Backyard information sheet. (PDF 93KB)
Do I need to be a certified SCUBA diver to apply to the maritime archaeology program? answer
YES, you need to be a certified SCUBA diver to apply to the maritime program. Some very rare exceptions have been made for people with medical conditions that prevent SCUBA diving. If you have questions about the qualifications for diving at Flinders, please see our Diving Requirements web page.
What requirements are there for being able to dive at Flinders? answer
The Flinders University Diving Requirements are comprehensive and can be found on our Diving Requirements web page.
Now that I'm in a Graduate Program ...
I am a Graduate Student - Can I have an office? answer
Not immediately. Office space is severely limited in the all of the north ridge buildings (Humanities, Social Sciences North and Social Sciences South), and we do mean severely (i.e. there is not enough offices for all staff, let alone postgrads). However, all is not lost. All archaeology graduate students are entitled to use of the map room (in the Humanities building on the courtyard level in Room H109) and the Research Lab (in Social Sciences South in Room SSS142), both of which hold computers, published resources, drawing equipment and other resources.
How do I get access to the Archaeology Department's facilities (postgraduate, Graduate and Honours students only)? answer
Both the map room and the Research Lab are only accessible by swipe-card access (i.e. via the electronic strip on your student card) which requires you to fill out a small form obtainable from Wendy Hill (the administrative assistant for the School of Humanities). If you would like access to either of these rooms fill out a form and return it to Wendy Hill in Room 202a in the Humanities building. She will then arrange with security for your swipe-card access to be activated. Before you are granted unlimited access to the archaeology research lab, however, you will also need to do a short induction given by the Technical Officer. This is an Occupational Health and Safety requirement more than anything else and won't take up too much of your time.
Is there special support available to International Graduate students? answer
Yes. Flinders University offers bursaries to selected sponsored international students undertaking postgraduate studies either at the Masters or PhD level. The bursaries can be used to cover such things as:
- Assistance with English Language training
- Enrolment in the Introductory Academic Program
- Conference funding
- Assistance for family relocation
- Set up costs and establishment fees
As a Graduate student, can I find or set up my own practicum or internship? answer
Yes. Although all practicum and internship placements must be approved by the topic co-ordinator prior to enrolment, if you have an idea for a placement and are prepared to do some of the work to set it up, we will take your suggestion seriously. Please contact Dr Alice Gorman for more information.