Job Description

An archeological field technician may be involved in field or lab work depending on the tasks at hand. But more often than not, they are in the field conducting surveys, excavating artifacts, gathering information, and assembling data. Field technicians work in different archeological areas, including historic, prehistoric, and cultural. These professionals may sometimes find jobs on a part-time basis to conduct specific tasks in the field.

Archeology field technicians face significant physical demands during their careers. The job requires physical strength, especially with excavation and collecting and transporting samples. They also often spend weeks in the field, which takes a physical toll.

The professional has a minimal education requirement, although most employers insist that their technicians have completed an accredited field school and possess a bachelor's degree in anthropology-related fields.

Job Responsibilities
  • Ensure the quality of archaeological data, fieldwork, and paperwork.
  • Perform archaeological surveys, testing, data recovery and monitoring.
  • Complete tasks in a timely fashion; coordinate with project managers regarding project requirements and expectations.
  • Conducting surveys
  • Excavation
  • Artifact identification and/or collection
  • Taking field notes
  • Mapping
  • Photography
  • Collecting soil samples
Skills Needed on the Job
  • GPS.
  • Data Collection.
  • Data Recovery.
  • GIS.
  • Excavations.
  • Sketch.
  • Shovels.
  • Laboratory Analysis.


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