Conducts research to reconstruct records of past human life and culture from human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures recovered through excavation, underwater recovery, or other means of discovery.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.
A person in this career:
- Writes, presents, and publishes reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving and interpreting findings.
- Cleans, restores, and preserves artifacts.
- Studies objects and structures recovered by excavation to identify, date, and authenticate them and to interpret their significance.
- Presents findings from archeological research to peers and the general public.
- Records the exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary.
- Leads field training sites and trains field staff, students, and volunteers in excavation methods.
- Researches, surveys, or assesses sites of past societies and cultures in search of answers to specific research questions.
- Creates a grid of each site and draws and updates maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.
- Collects artifacts made of stone, bone, metal, and other materials, placing them in bags and marking them to show where they were found.
- Develops and tests theories concerning the origin and development of past cultures.
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