The Roles of Archaeologists in the Society

Archaeologists are used to working in multi-disciplinary teams on projects that affect the historic environment. Whether you are putting together an environmental or design team for a development project or a panel of experts for a community heritage or research project there should be a place for an archaeologist on it. The earlier you appoint an archaeologist, the greater chance you have of realizing the benefits that professional advice can bring.

 The sort of archaeologist you will engage at project level will normally be an archaeological consultant. They may work for a specialist archaeological organization that offers consulting services or for a larger consultancy organization that employs archaeological specialists. You might receive initial advice from your archaeologist through a face-to-face meeting, a design or community workshop, or through a more formal form of written advice. 

However, being an archaeologist, you should be able to do the following:

  • Tasks of an Archaeologist

You should be able to interpret the requirement of your project. You should be able to liaise with stakeholders, including planning authorities, national agencies and land owners, specify how, and through what process archaeology will add to your project’s success.

Also, you need to identify specialist areas of archaeological expertise that may be required, provide an estimate of the cost of archaeological work on your project and carry out archaeological investigations or procure specialists to carry out specific types of investigation in accordance with industry standards.

Aside from mentioned above, you will also have to liaise with your project team to ensure that archaeological work is taken into account in the design and delivery of the project, and ensure that public relations and community benefit from archaeology on the project are maximized 

  • Projects Worked on By Archaeologist

As an archaeologist, you can work with local authority development plans by planning applications for new development and applications for Listed Building Consent and Scheduled Monument Consent.

You can also be involved with minerals planning, urban design, landscape design, infrastructure design, architectural design, construction, environmental impact assessments, heritage management or conservation plans, tourism strategies and research projects for universities, regional or national agencies.