The 2015 Australian Archaeology in Profile survey
Geraldine Mate, Queensland Museum, James Cook University and Sean Ulm, James Cook University
Abstract: In 2015, the third Australian Archaeology in Profile survey was undertaken. The most recent survey shows a changing landscape for archaeology in Australia. What does a profession focussed across Indigenous, Historical and Maritime archaeologies look like? We present results of the 2015 survey examining the demographic profile, employment conditions, and qualifications and skills.
Building on these data, together with results from surveys in 2005 and 2010, we examine impacts of changing economic circumstances, government policy, and a volatile resources sector. We compare with surveys from Britain and Europe to understand the international context of archaeology in Australia.
Keywords: professional archaeology, skills and qualifications, employment conditions