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How to Become an Archaeologist

Hello, my name is Mike Ludwig. I am a 15 year high school student attending a parochial school in northern New Jersey. I have always had a very strong interest in arachaeology and history, and I would like to take steps to enter this field. I am in honors classes with currently a 4.2 and I am also a starter on the football team. I say this because it means I don't have trouble in academics and I could certainly get into a school of choice. As a freshman, what steps can I take to get my foot in the door, so to speak? Should I read on the subject and take classes on the sciences related to archaeology? Should I visit lectures at local colleges? What should I be doing to get a good foundation of knowledge and experience on top of my historical knowledge? Mind you, despite my interest in adventure and cultural experiences similar to that of Indiana Jones, I understand the reality most archaeologists face. I have heard it is 90% studying and 10% in the field, which I accept. I also understand the amount of pay is not always sufficient, but this is my passion. I  would like some advice from experienced archaeologists who were once in the same position I am in today. Thank you.

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