Archaeologists examine, recover, and preserve evidence and artifacts from past human cultures. They connect artifacts with information about historic environments to learn about the experiences, customs, and living habits of people in earlier civilizations. Archaeologists also manage and protect archaeological sites. Some work in national parks or historical sites, where they protect known historical or archaeological sites and educate the public. Others assess building sites to ensure that construction plans comply with federal regulations regarding preservation of these sites. Archaeologists often specialize in a particular geographic area, time period, or subject matter, such as animal remains or underwater sites. Many people with a Ph.D. in archaeology become professors or museum curators.
As the primary sponsor of one of the largest projects in the Middle East, La Sierra University is very active in archaeology in Jordan. A number of La Sierra students participate each dig season. La Sierra also has a large collection of Biblical-era artifacts, including cooking pots, lamps, jewelry, figurines, and other pieces.