Perhaps a lame question, but I was just thinking they can’t always be digging and sorting stuff?
Speaking as an American academic archaeologist (university professor) – we teach and develop curricula, we do lab work (analyzing the materials we find), we write articles/books or reports on our results, we write proposals to fund our research, we peer review other archaeologists articles/books/proposals, we edit academic journals, we do administrative things for our departments and schools, we train/mentor/advise graduate students, we keep up to date on research in our areas, we conduct archival work. I could probably go on, but I think I need a nap.
Falling into snake pits (it’s always snakes), running from giant boulders, jumping on and off WWI tanks, eating eye soup, you know. The classics.
What does their do?
I’m thinking a Hairstylist of some kind, if they don’t do their own.
The ones I’ve worked with were at a potential gold mine site in Nevada. They were there to check for any cultural artifacts or sensitive areas around the drilling locations. One area was found next to a drilling pad. While drilling the hole, the archeologist sat in her car keeping an eye on the area making sure it was not disturbed. She said she wasn’t allowed to say what the significance was.