Archaeologist

Bernie completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and is now an archaeologist with Clough & Associates.

Key facts

Career: Archaeologist
Programme: Master of Arts
Subject: Anthropology

“I am an archaeologist with Clough & 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. Studying Anthropology at the University of Auckland introduced me to driven, passionate and proficient individuals who inspired me to succeed in whatever path I decided upon.

“Being able to absorb, digest and disseminate information from the variety of sources that you come across studying in the Arts allows you to apply that skill in a job working with a large range of professions. Working with engineers, geotechnical specialists, historians, planners and architect and being able to understand their aspects of the project allows for better archaeological services to be provided.

“Talking to people is the most essential aspect of a career in archaeology. Go to guest lectures, join some societies and volunteer. Expanding your network in the community will pave the way to finding yourself in an exotic location having a blast.”