Originally Posted by TheFedora
A late two years later but I'd like to give an update. I graduated this year with a Master's degree in Geographic Information Systems. (Which has a LOT of archaeological applications like Remote sensing, etc)
And I decided to go back to school not long ago, currently going for a second Master's degree, this time in Archaeology. Going back to school at 27, my primary concern is to try to get myself into a Ph.D. program someday with the second Master's degree backing me, or maybe try to go into Cultural resource Management
Long-time lurker, first post: Congrats, TheFedora! You have chosen wisely. Unlike the heroic loner image portrayed onscreen, real archaeology is a team sport, where the team needs shovelbums, artists, photographers, data managers, archivists, researchers, conservators, grant writers, and at least one project manager. That's just a top-of-the-head list.
As a GIS-skilled person, you should have little trouble hooking up with a dig, especially if your MA program is active in the field. If not, summer field schools are literally all over the map.
Speaking of which, I personally feel that GIS is one of the most marketable skills in a whole bunch of fields. I took 8 hours of GIS as my PhD cognate work, and my term projects went straight into my dissertation research design.
A lot of practicing archaeologists, especially if they are in CRM, treat GIS as a handy tool to make pretty maps for the client. Academic researchers have only recently begun to make full use of its potential for spatial analysis, predictive modeling, 3-D visualization/VR, etc, etc, etc. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant is one of the best guys working at the cutting edge, IMO.
Oh, to be 27 again... Nah.