Sorry, work experience is now closed for 2015.


Thinking about becoming an archaeologist?  Fancy getting your hands dirty, sorting through shell middens from the Lower Murray, cleaning historical material from Port Adelaide, or even assisting in the total station survey of a country cemetery?  We regularly host work experience students from high schools around Adelaide, so the technical officers within the Archaeology Department are able to offer you a range of experiences within the historical, maritime and Indigenous archaeology specialities.

Students in previous years have assisted with equipment preparation for field work in South America, the photography of artefacts, and archival research into the Department's historical model ship collection.  Working within the Department, work experience students have also seen first hand how a busy university works.  Here's what a few of our work experience students thought about their time with us:

Lauren (Woodcroft College) -
''It was really interesting to see what an archaeologist does.  I found the week extremely useful, as I learnt what being an archaeologist really involves and how it is not all just about field work.  I really enjoyed helping you organise Chile and all the other activities from sorting to artefact labelling''.

Henry (Urrbrae Agricultural High School) -
''I really loved getting the chance to excavate!  Learning how to string up a trench and also use a trowel showed me that archaeology is more than just digging a hole.  Learning to set up the total station was also fun''.

Emily (University Senior College) -
''Many thanks for having me.  I learnt a lot about what university level research involves''.

If you are interested in becoming a work experience student with the Department of Archaeology, please contact our Technical Officer, John Naumann, and submit a Work Experience Placement Form.

Contact: John Naumann
Phone: (08) 82015533

Download the work experience application form  Work Experience Placement Form (PDF 37KB)