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.


re: I want to assist

A great number of archaeological excavations around the world accept volunteer workers, regardless of how much field experience these volunteers may or may not have. And with your background in anthropology, you may even be able to go as a student and perhaps receive college credit for the work you do. For a list of field excavations around the world, you can go to the AIA website at You could also ask the professors at your university if they know of any excavations that you may be able to participate on. Good luck in your search!

Kelly Lindberg

Programs Assistant

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