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Arts graduates working in


Specialist Archaeologist

– Heritage Unit, Auckland


“I am extremely lucky to work where I do! Every

day I am excited and challenged, getting to

research and visit archaeological sites around

Auckland, meeting diverse people from many

different departments and expanding my own

knowledge of Auckland’s history.

“As Specialist Archaeologist I respond to

requests across the Auckland Region where

there are archaeological and heritage concerns.

I provide advice to many arms of Council and

give specialist input into the Resource Consent


“Doing my Master of Arts in Anthropology at the

University, specialising in archaeology, was the

ideal path into this position.

“All of the skills from my study have helped me in

this position! Academic writing, research, critical

thinking and evaluation have been the most

significant, as well as the more specific skills

that Anthropology courses teach. Other, more

general skills like time-management, working

within a team and communicating ideas are just

as important. There is always a way in which my

studies can help me with my day-to-day work,

and it changes every day.”

Laura Dawson

Master of Arts in Anthropology, specialising in


Archaeologist – Clough and


“I am archaeologist with Clough and Associates,

one of New Zealand’s largest heritage

consultancies. We provide a range of services

from assessments of effects on archaeology

to recording historic heritage to mitigating

archaeological sites through investigation.

“My job takes me to outstanding parts of

New Zealand. I might find myself whisked away

to the Okahukura Peninsula on the Kaipara

Harbour, down to the sand dunes of Papamoa

or into the forests of Northland, potentially all

in one week. There is nothing quite like driving

through the Karangahake Gorge as the sun is

rising, heading down to the white sand beaches

of the East Coast and being paid to do it.

“Archaeology is as much a job about people

in the present as in the past. Being part

of Anthropology introduced me to driven,

passionate and proficient individuals who

propelled me to succeed in whatever path I

decided upon.

“Being able to absorb, digest and disseminate

information from a variety of sources that you

come across studying in Arts allows you to apply

that skill in a job that works with a large range

of professions. Working with people such as

engineers, geotechnical specialists, historians,

planners and architects and being able to

understand their aspects of the project allows

for more suited archaeological services to be


Bernie Larsen

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology

Master of Arts in Anthropology, specialising in


Archaeologist – Clough and


“I am constantly looking into the past and

getting paid for it.

“My main area is monitoring and survey, where

I investigate old documents, in the field or on

construction sites for the possibility of material

remains left by people in the past. I get to

do this because disturbing or modifying an

archaeological site is a criminal offence.

“In this way, I am very much grounded in the

present, as consultation work is 30 percent

archaeology and 70 percent working with people

across a diverse group of professions and

agencies who are all interested in how to deal

with the remains of the past.

“I love cartography – especially old maps and

plans. Part of my job is using these to understand

how buildings and streets were laid out in the

past, so I am constantly exposed to them.

“The ability to question and understand a large

quantity of information in a short period of

time is the most important skill I have gained

from my Arts study. Being able to scrutinise

information, evaluate it and reconvert it into

useful knowledge to whoever is asking me my

opinion on that information is a skill I use almost

every day with my clients.

“Arts study also teaches you to break down

whatever you looking at and consider it from

every angle. This is very useful outside of

university, as arts graduates always look to

innovate and find a better way of doing things.”

Ben Jones

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Anthropology and minor in


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology

Master of Arts in Anthropology