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Studying Archaeology

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Archaeologists study how people lived in the past by examining the material traces that they left behind. They study human culture all around the world and look at everything from the earliest human ancestors, to Ancient Egyptians, to World War I trenches to modern rubbish.

Most archaeology degree courses do not have any specific subject requirements. In general, most archaeology admissions tutors are looking for candidates with an enthusiasm for the subject and proof of academic ability. Prospective students should start reading around the subject, finding topics which interest them and thinking critically about the ideas and evidence they come across. Most university departments will have a recommended reading list for prospective students, many local libraries stock books of archaeological interest and there are lots of on-line blogs and specialist interest websites with news and information.