Isaac McIvor completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and now works as an archaeologist for Opus International Consultants.

Isaac McIvor taking a reading from a machine during his outfield research by the sea

Key facts

Career: Archaeologist
Programme: Master of Arts
Subject: Anthropology

“When I was five years old I told my parents that I wanted to be an archaeologist and travel the world. My only worry was that I would miss my mum. Overcoming homesickness in leaps and bounds, today I work as an archaeologist in New Zealand for Opus International Consultants Limited.

“Over the last few months I have worked in the field excavating pre-European contact Māori horticultural field systems in the Waikato and in the lab analysing moa remains and stone artefacts from Ōtautahi (Christchurch). I have also carried out research alongside anthropologists in the Faculty of Arts using modern spatial technologies such as LiDAR and terrestrial laser scanning in New Zealand and Hawai’i.

“For me, the most enjoyable part of my job is working with or talking to the descendants of the people who made the stuff that is in the ground today. The look on people’s faces when they touch physical history that they tie their identity to is priceless. 

There is something about seeing and touching objects that have been under the ground for hundreds of years that I think most people can appreciate as being pretty special.

“Connecting people with their history keeps me grinning.

“In the Faculty of Arts I was able to study a wide variety of courses that have taught me where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I have studied languages, cultural studies, ancient history, history, geography, geology and anthropology all within one degree.

“There are so many opportunities and resources made available to you as an Arts student. Take advantage of them and fulfil your dreams like I did!”