Archaeology is a challenging career for those who have an analytical bend of mind and a keen desire to know about the past. Archaeology is a multidisciplinary subject that integrates the knowledge of history and anthropology with subjects like geology and chemistry. The areas of specialization include numismatics and epigraphy. Archaeology is a career for those who have an acute interest and training in culture and history. It is preferable for candidates to have a background of ancient history and culture.
The basic eligibility criteria for Bachelor course in History/ Archaeology (i.e. B.A level) of three-year duration is 10+2 or equivalent. After graduation one can opt for a Post graduate Diploma or Degree course in Archaeology. Graduates in any stream can apply for Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma or Post graduation (MA/ M.Sc.) in different fields of Archaeology. Graduates in sociology, history, botany, anthropology, ancient Indian history, archaeology are given a preference.
Duration of these courses may vary from 1 year to 2 years. Most of the institutes are conducting their own entrance examinations for selecting eligible candidates.
Students who pass out from the Institutes of Archaeology, the academic wing of the Archeological Survey of India, have brighter prospects because they are readily absorbed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Archaeologists are employed in Defense services, museums, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, cultural centers and historical division of the Ministry of External Affairs. A degree holder in Archaeology can work as tourist guides, heritage managers, interpreters, resource persons of trip organizers in the tourism industry. After obtaining Doctoral degree or successfully clearing SLET (State Level Eligibility Test) or NET (National Eligibility Test) one can take up teaching and research work. Archaeologists can even seek employment in other disciplines as historians Archaeology graduates have great scope abroad for jobs as well as research as various colleges and universities are well furnished with research programmes.
Degree course in Archaeology
1. Assumption College, Changanassery (Kerala) Changanassery (Kottayam Dist.) - 686101
Course : BA Museology and archaeology
MA course in Archaeology
The Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala, University Campus, Kariyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695581
The University of Kerala also provides M.Phil. and Ph.D. study facilities.
The Centre for Heritage Studies, Hill Palace, Thripunithura conducts a one-year postgraduate diploma course in archaeolog, museology, archival studies and conservation. The course has been designed to train students in the fundamentals of archaeology. Graduates in any discipline from a recognised university are eligible for admission. Age limit is 25 years.
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi [3 year BA, 2 year MA]
Barkathullah VishwaVidyalaya, Bhopal [3 year BA, 2 year MA]
Institutes with PG Courses in Archaeology
Bangalore University, Bangalore – 560056
The University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai – 600005 [ MA and M.Phil. courses in ancient history and archaeology , PG diploma in archaeology and tourism]
Dr. Harisingh GourVishwavidyalaya, Sagar- 470003
Nagpur University, Nagpur – 440001
Osmania University, Hyderabad – 500007
Premier Institues in India
Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Deccan College of Archaeology and ancient Indian History, Pune
Allahabad Univerity, Allahabad