Archaeological technician

Archaeological technician

“An archaeological technician provides support to archaeologists undertaking archaeological investigation”

An archaeological technician provides support to archaeologists undertaking (usually commercially funded) archaeological investigation, which may include 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. As an apprentice, you may work on site or in a laboratory. You’ll contribute to intrusive and non-intrusive archaeological investigation by: assisting with manual excavation of archaeological deposits; assisting with the 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; and archiving of materials, records and digital data. As an archaeological technician, you could work in the private, public or charitable sector, and for organisations of all sizes.

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: History and geography

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum

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