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I try to keep personal messages to a minimum here but I wanted to give an update. I’ve been given a heap of new responsibilities at the Natural History Museum and will be running a program until a permanent coordinator is found (which could possibly also be me). I’m very happy! But also busy. Anthrocity will still be alive, but with a slower posting schedule (which you may have already noticed).
Thanks for sticking around and staying awesome.
Hi! Thanks for writing in. My background is in cultural anthro, but I’ll try to answer as best I can.
Your best resource to to talk to your professors! Take anthropology courses and get to know people. Even if they don’t have a distinct program, its probable your professors will have some involvement in the field, if they aren’t in archaeology already. They will also be able to point you toward summer field programs that can give you a taste of working at a dig site, as well as build your academic network.
As for majors, it depends on what you want to do. Classics and History are two big ones if you’re interested in European Antiquity. Although I’d look into your history department and see if they’d encourage an archaeology crossover, their approach might be very different. Art history is also a popular major, and is great if you’re looking to non-western art and culture. Cultural studies can also be a good foundation if you’re interested in African Diaspora or Hispanic/Latino cultures. And of course, an Anthropology degree will get you exposed to the major players that shaped the field, how one studies culture, and theories that unite the fields. The lines between the four field approach used to be much fuzzier, its useful to know what other anthropologists do.
Consider how you can get involved outside of school as well. Are there local archaeological projects going on near your school? Volunteering or interning at a museum, even for just a few hours a week, can build your resume and help shape your interest in the field. Auction houses deal with antiquities a lot as well, although they aren’t as close to archaeology as you like, its another form of exposure that can develop your interest and build a resume.
That being said, there are many people who end up in archaeology and anthropology in higher ed after having a previous life, its not a field that you have to be involved in from the ground floor. Ask yourself what it is in particular about archaeology that interests you the most, and try to pursue that as best you can. But first and foremost, start building relationships with those professors! Their experience, professional network, and recommendations are what will help you get to that next step, and will give you much more personal advice than I can :P
Best of luck and let me know what you settle on!