Ask the Experts

Our Experts, who have volunteered to share their time and information, include researchers, university professors, AIA Board members, ancient art historians, field archaeologists, museum specialists, architectural historians, and more – all with specialized knowledge of specific ancient cultures and subjects.

We have created a catalogue of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). In the FAQ section are answers to some of the questions archaeologists are most often asked, arranged by topic. If you want to know the meaning of a particular archaeological term, please check our online Glossary.

If you cannot find an answer in the FAQ, please leave a comment! Please be patient, since our volunteer archaeologists are sometimes excavating, teaching, or otherwise occupied, and may not be able to respond immediately.


Life as an Archaeologist

Please check out the Education section of our website. The answers to most of your questions are on the website under FAQ and Introduction to Archaeology. In many countries archaeology is overseen by government agencies. Universities typically have to get permits from a government agency to carry out an excavation. But rules vary across the globe. Living conditions and rules also vary by site and region. Archaeologists can (and do) travel out of their home countries for excavation. Artifacts that end up with private collectors were often stolen from archaeological sites and sold illegally.

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