Core Tasks Include:
- Write, present, and publish reports that record site history, methodology, and artifact analysis results, along with recommendations for conserving and interpreting findings.
- Compare findings from one site with archeological data from other sites to find similarities or differences.
- Research, survey, or assess sites of past societies and cultures in search of answers to specific research questions.
- Study objects and structures recovered by excavation to identify, date, and authenticate them and to interpret their significance.
- Develop and test theories concerning the origin and development of past cultures.
- Consult site reports, existing artifacts, and topographic maps to identify archeological sites.
- Create a grid of each site and draw and update maps of unit profiles, stratum surfaces, features, and findings.
- Record the exact locations and conditions of artifacts uncovered in diggings or surveys, using drawings and photographs as necessary.
- Assess archeological sites for resource management, development, or conservation purposes and recommend methods for site protection.
- Describe artifacts' physical properties or attributes, such as the materials from which artifacts are made and their size, shape, function, and decoration.
- Teach archeology at colleges and universities.
- Collect artifacts made of stone, bone, metal, and other materials, placing them in bags and marking them to show where they were found.
- Create artifact typologies to organize and make sense of past material cultures.
- Lead field training sites and train field staff, students, and volunteers in excavation methods.
- Clean, restore, and preserve artifacts.
- Present findings from archeological research to peers and the general public.
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