I am pursuing quality employment in Archaeology or related professions. I am a graduate of the University of Arizona with three years combined field and lab experience. I have also successfully completed graduate courses in Osteology, Archaeology of Food, Medical Anthropology and Southwestern/ Desert Archaeology, as well as field experience in Great Basin, Northern Plains and Eastern Washington Tribal Archaeology.
Archaeological testing, excavation and pedestrian survey under the supervision of Field Director. Mitigation using trowels, shovels and other hand tools such as compasses, measuring sticks and tapes to lay out appropriate unit dimensions and bearings. Identification, photography and documentation of artifacts, features, soil types and coloration. Mapping of unit stratigraphy and interpretation. Collected provenience information for artifacts and faunal material using total station, Trimble GPS, measuring tapes or sticks, 1mx1m grid templates, field books and/or forms. Cataloged and prepared artifacts and faunal material for shipment to lab according to established tribal policies. Kept site notes under direction of Field Director. Assisted in preparing plans and profiles. Interacted with members of public who came to observe archaeology in the field. Performed other duties as assigned. My initiative and willingness to teach proper protocols and techniques to new hires afforded me the opportunity to run my own small crews, having the full trust of the Field Director to accomplish excavation goals with little to no supervision. Engaged tribal crew members in conversations about their heritage, customs, language and the area we were working in.
Conducted cultural resource survey and site recording utilizing topographic maps, compasses and Solofield GPS units. Preparation, data input and revision of both prehistoric and historic site forms. Deed and lease research. Mitigation of prehistoric sites in Montana and North Dakota. Extensive GPS experience in setting and maintaining proper transects, locating and mapping prehistoric, historic and modern cultural resource and homesteads. Excavated using trowels, shovels and other hand tools as appropriate. Developed essential skill set for identifying artifacts, features and stratigraphy. Performed data entry and assisted in preparing report on excavation. Gave demonstration on how to map stratigraphy of unit walls and its importance to members of the public observing our mitigation process in the field. Participated in interviews with Elders and other knowledgeable people.
This position entailed about 99% pedestrian survey in the Great Basin and high desert environments. Our typical work schedule consisted of 14 to 16 hour days in extreme conditions from anywhere between 14and 21 days in a row. The majority of the work was for the natural gas and oil concerns in the area leading to abundant training involving seismic survey utilizing Trimble GPS. Located and mapped both historic and prehistoric sites and prepared field forms.
Excavation of features and field recording of artifacts. Mitigation of a large area of grassland and rolling hills near Sarpy Creek, MT. Recovered cultural material including Clovis and Archaic projectile points, lithic flakes and faunal material. Catalog , fill out field forms and prepare artifacts and faunal material for shipment to lab according to established procedures and protocols.
Archiving museum artifacts using PastPerfect and photography. Inventory and securing of the grounds at the end of the day. As a gift shop attendant I have been responsible for greeting patrons and answering questions about the history of the museum and the Butte area. I thrived in interpretation environment by applying research techniques including, accessing local and online databases, in-person searches of local/county archives and conducting oral histories of lifelong and multi-generational residents. Practiced and honed public speaking skills to engage visitors in both museum and local histories.
Worked, with minimal supervision, preparing samples for carbon 14 dating, designing spreadsheets,coordinating artifact requests, inputting data and archiving artifacts etc. Assisted the Lead Archaeologist in preparing plans and profiles. Prepared recovered artifacts and faunal material in lab. Performed basic stabilization in lab under direction of the Lead Archaeologist. Identified and cataloged artifacts and faunal material. Assisted the Lead Archaeologist in preparing report on excavation. Kept track of purchases made in field or for the lab, including keeping copies of receipts and/or invoices for submission for payment. Developed and honed my skills as a writer to do future ethnographies along with site and project evaluations for presentation to clients and at seminars.
Archaeology Field School
Archaeological testing, excavation and pedestrian survey under the supervision of an archaeologist. Excavated using trowels, shovels and other hand tools as appropriate. Trained in artifact, feature, stratigraphy recognition, recovery of artifact and faunal materials during excavation of Ketoysis Bison Jump on the Blackfeet Reservation near Browning, MT. Surveying, provenience information and site recording of artifacts and faunal material, utilizing GPS, total station, measuring tape, notebook and forms. Stabilized and prepared artifacts and faunal material for shipment to lab under direction of the Lead Archaeologist. Kept site notes under direction of Lead Archaeologist. Participated in interviews with Elders and other knowledgeable people under direction of Lead Archaeologist. Interacted with members of public who came to observe archaeology in the field. Performed other duties as assigned.
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