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Erika V
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Christina, I'm glad your interested in archaeology (I spell it the British way, but your American way was good too)! It tends to be a very small community so we always like new faces.  Archaeology is certainly fun, but it's also exhausting and sometimes mind-numbing.  The digging is rewarding, especially if you find something big.  It's also very methodical and back-breaking. You spend lots of time on your knees trowling and sifting through dirt. Sometimes you're removing less than a centimeter at a time and sometimes you're scooping out feet of dirt with a shovel.  If you want to see if its something for you I'd suggest you take an introductory archaeology class at your local community college or university. This will give you a good foundation and talk about the major must knows such as stratigraphy, various terminology, and give you a generalized background on major cultures and human evolution.  If you're still interested, take more courses. Archaeology in the US is a holistic discipline, so you'd study physical/biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistics.  I'm not too sure how undergraduate programs work abroad, unfortunately, though I imagine they are slightly different. After you take a couple classes go on a dig. I know here we have a local archaeology group full of enthusiasts, the curious and actual archaeologists from the university or surrounding areas.  They do an affordable dig that will get you some experience and let you gain some skills.  There are tons of other programs out there (check out the Archaeological Institute of America website) and you can find some cool areas to dig--for a price.  If you like your local archaeology enough I'd suggest sticking with that for your first dig because it will save you money and you'll learn the same skills.  I'm happy to give more advice if you like, I just don't want to overwhelm you all at once so I'll stop there!

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