Providing support during archaeological investigations, which may comprise surveys, excavations and post-excavation analysis.
Generic Job titles in the field of Archaeological Investigation include: Archaeologist; Site Assistant; Archaeological Fieldwork Technician; Finds Processor; Finds Technician; Finds Assistant; Environmental Processor; Environmental Technician.
Archaeological Technicians provide support to Archaeologists undertaking (usually commercially funded) Archaeological Investigation, which may comprise surveys, excavations and post-excavation analysis. Those working within Archaeological Investigation are responsible for the safe undertaking of surveys, excavations, analyses, publications and archiving, in accordance with industry standards and guidelines including, but not exclusive to, those of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).
An Archaeological Technician may work on site or in a laboratory. Their work could involve contributing to intrusive and non-intrusive Archaeological Investigation by: assisting with manual excavation of archaeological deposits; assisting with recovery of artefacts and environmental samples; assisting with data gathering tasks and site surveys; undertaking the processing of artefacts and soil samples; washing, labelling, bagging and cataloguing artefacts; processing and sorting environmental samples; data entry; archiving of materials, records and digital data. An Archaeological Technician could work in the private, public or charitable sector, and for organisations of all sizes.
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