Getting Started in Archaeology


Find information and advice on this page about where to start to get into archaeology or to take an interest further

How to Get Involved

There are lots of ways to start or pursue an interest in archaeology. Here are some of the best ways to get started with this interesting and rewarding hobby.

Education and Training Courses

You can take your knowledge further with a education or training course. This section details some of the different types of courses available and where to go to learn more.

Dig Discover Enjoy

Online Training Courses

College and University Courses

Dig Discover Enjoy host a number of training days throughout the year where you can brush up on your archaeological and excavation skills. Learn more about pottery identification, recording on site or brush up on the basics in our get ready to dig courses.


If you want to try a short course to learn more about archaeology we can't recommend enough this free online course from Coursera. All you need is access to a computer with internet and an email addres. The course is 8 weeks long and you complete as much or as little of the course as you like, just watch the talks each week or complete the quizzes and assignments as well. The highlights for me were learning to write in Cuneiform and finding archaeological sites uisng Google Maps.




If you are thinking of turning your love of archaeology into a career there are a number of ways you can get started. Although nothing beats joining a local group to get experience, the usual training route for professional archaeologists is to take a college course then go onto a degree in their chosen field.


Maths and English Skills

Archaeology is a fun and practical activity but good maths and english skills are essential for good archaeological practice and recording. Brush up on your maths and english skills with free courses from the Manchester Adult Education Service and Stockport Council.


Archaeology Distance Learning Courses

There are a number of univeristies offering distance learning courses in archaeology at a range of levels. Take a look at these websites for more information.


Access to Higher Education Courses in Greater Manchester

Details of the Archaeology and History Access Course at the Manchester College can be found on this website


Archaeology Degrees




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