This branch of the social sciences combines a broad understanding of history and prehistory with a natural curiosity about the past and how it relates to our present culture. The average archaeologist has a master's degree and has completed such coursework as ancient history, anthropology, ancient languages, geology, geography, and human physiology. A doctorate is preferred in this discipline. While in high school, students should take a college preparatory program. It will take a high school graduate approximately nine years to obtain a Ph.D. degree in archaeology. For additional information on education and training in this field, visit the Archaeological Institute of America online
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