🔗Archaeology Technician I
Website Maine Historic Preservation Commission
In 1971 the Legislature established the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to implement State policy to "preserve the architectural, historic and environmental heritage of the people of the State, and to develop and promote the cultural, educational and economic benefits of these resources." The Commission is an independent agency within the Executive branch of state government that functions as the State Historic Preservation Office. Its Director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the office administers the programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 in Maine, which includes the identification, evaluation, and protection of the state’s significant cultural resources.
- Performs archaeological field work under supervision in order to aid in the identification of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.
- Conducts archaeological site visit surveys for small project areas in order to verify archaeological presence, make recommendations for field work, and develop site specific maps and sketches.
- Creates and maintains archaeological field notes, survey maps, photographic logs, profile and/or elevation drawings, and plan drawings in order to record the exact location and condition of artifacts uncovered, and to maintain provenance information.
- Writes brief reports or summaries in order to document assigned archaeological artifacts, materials, and archaeological site/field conditions.
- Inputs and retrieves information to and from database catalogues and other electronic and manual record systems in order to prepare information for data analysis and curation.
- Processes recovered archaeological artifacts and samples utilizing approved field and laboratory techniques such as washing, sorting, weighing, and measuring; in order to preserve, store, record, and maintain artifact condition for analysis and reference.
- Performs basic artifact conservation methods and techniques in order to ensure material recovered from diverse environments remain intact and available for analysis.
- Completes basic analysis of archaeological materials and samples in order to assist Archaeology Technician III, or other professionals with preliminary identifications.
Guides and oversees the work of volunteers on a site/project specific basis in order to ensure tasks are completed using proper procedures.
- Responds to inquiries by the general public and volunteers in order to communicate activities and provide guidance.
- Disposes of laboratory and non-artifact materials under supervision in accordance with established protocols in order to maintain a clean working environment.