A working profile: the changing face of professional archaeology in Australia

Ulm, Sean, Mate, Geraldine, Dalley, Cameo, and Nichols, Stephen (2013) A working profile: the changing face of professional archaeology in Australia. Australian Archaeology, 76. pp. 34-43.

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Abstract

Results from comprehensive surveys of Australian professional archaeologists undertaken in 2005 and 2010 are considered in the context of disciplinary trends, focusing on changes in access and participation, archaeological workplaces, qualifications and skill gaps. Strong growth is demonstrated in the professional archaeology sector between 2005 and 2010, showing substantial restructuring in the last five years, with an increase in Indigenous archaeology and a corresponding decrease in other subfields, especially historical archaeology. An analysis of self-assessed skill sets and skill gaps shows that the training of many professionals continues to leave significant gaps in core skill and knowledge areas which are consistent across industry subfields.

Item ID: 23289
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: archaeology, Australian Indigenous archaeology, maritime archaeology, historical archaeology, cultural heritage management, employment surveys, qualifications, skill gaps, access, participation, workplaces
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ISSN: 0312-2417
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 05:55
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 70%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl Industrial Archaeology) @ 20%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210110 Maritime Archaeology @ 10%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 100%
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