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Archaeology is the study of human cultures through the recovery and analysis of material remains, architecture, artefacts, bio-facts, human remains and landscapes.
Whether its ancient British hill forts, the lives of the Celts, roman pottery, the dark ages, the architecture of the middle ages, Elizabethan theatre or the industrial revolution that interest you, archaeology has something to offer you.
Every year many thousands of objects are discovered by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work.
Archaeologists can be as young as 10 and as old as ninety - there is no age limit. Children in archaeology are catered for by the Young Archaeologists Clubs, of which there are around forty, co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology.
You don't have to get any official training because all archaeologists learn by practice and teaching each other. You can go on a training course to learn more or your archaeology society will help you get the training you want and need.
Often archaeology provides the only way to learn of the existence of ancient cultures and their peoples behaviours. There have been many different cultures and societies in the past, in which there is no documented evidence or it has been lost. Archaeology helps to fill in the missing links.
The goals of archaeology are to document and explain the origins and development of human culture, understand history and study human behavior and ecology. This can be in both an historic and prehistoric sense. The need for extensive documentation calls for a very organised and meticulous approach. Extreme patience is required.
By joining a local Archaeology Society or group you will be shown where and how to dig responsibly, without doing irretrievable damage. The potential is to be part of a team who discover or unearth some previously unknown link to our past.
Archaeology enjoys an often uncomfortable relationship with treasure hunting 617.
The only cost related to archaeology is membership of your local society. Although there are many summer and weekend digs where if attended there is an accommodation charge, which is normally minimal but totally dependent on the style of accommodation chosen.
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