Topic ID #31294 - posted 2/18/2014 12:18 PM

Field Technician Seeking Work in Southwest and Northeast


Allyson Walsh
San Antonio, TX


Seeking a position as a field archaeologist with a cultural resource management firm committed to public outreach and engagement through the dissemination of archaeological data. Devoted wholeheartedly to the stewardship of the past and committed to growing within the discipline.



·    Archaeological Excavation

·    Artifact Analysis

·   Digital Image Processing

·    The Museum System (TMS)

·    Collections Management

·    Soil Identification

·   Data Entry

·    Photoshop

·    Archival Research

·    Map Reading/Orienteering

·   GIS

·    MS Office



Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World            October 2011-Present

San Antonio Museum of Art           

·       Collections management for one of the largest collections,( 2,500+ objects), of classical antiquities in the southwestern US

o    Catalogue permanent collection and new acquisitions with special attention to researching and creating storage solutions for the museum’s collection of 250+ Egyptian amulets

o    Collaborate with registrars to maintain accurate records in the collections database, The Museum System, including scanning, uploading, and manipulating digital images

o    Provide support for the organization of original and loan exhibitions, e.g. “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love,” Sept.-Feb. 2012, on loan from the MFA, Boston

o    Conduct research which allows curator to produce accurate labels for permanent collection galleries and loan exhibitions

o    Perform archival research and fact checking for collections, exhibitions, and publications, e.g. The San Antonio Museum of Art: Guide to the Collection, © 2012

o    Coordinate with other departments to secure photographs for collection and exhibition projects

o    Assist with scheduling, promoting, and organizing public programs,  special events; and rotations in the galleries, and obtain proper permissions for reproduction

o    Liaise with the Museum’s registrar, exhibits, education, public relations, and development staff

o    Primary point of contact for Friends of Ancient Art support group


Volunteer Laboratory Technician       February-March 2013, November 2013-Present

Center for Archaeological Research, University of Texas at San Antonio

·       Collections management for a Texas Historical Commission designated curatorial repository

o    Packaging archaeological collections produced by local cultural resource management firms (SWCA) according to repository standards

o    Reviewed the inventory of artifacts excavated from Camp Bowie by the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory at UT Austin

o    Verified the classification of artifacts from a field school held at Mission Concepción in San Antonio and responsible for reintegrating them within the larger collection in accordance with National Park Service regulations.


Curatorial Intern                         February 2011-September 2011

English Heritage, York, UK

·       Shadowed the Senior Curator of Collections for the North of England, visited heritage sites throughout the region and discussed management and interpretation issues

·       Assisted with the Conisbrough Castle community ceramics project, which engaged local residents in the stewardship of the castle

o    Identified and catalogued ceramics discovered in the castle excavations

·       Catalogued artifacts at Corbridge Roman Town, a site along Hadrian’s Wall


Archaeology Intern                         November 2010-January 2011

City of York Department of Archaeology, Design, Conservation, and Sustainable Development, York, UK

·       Learned how considerations for archaeology are integrated into local and national planning systems

·       Drafted  a walking tour York’s Roman cemeteries in collaboration with the Yorkshire Museum


Student Researcher                                     February-May 2010

San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation and Department of Parks and Recreation

·       Worked with a team to survey and map San Antonio’s historic cemeteries as part of a class on GIS

·       Maps and database created were made available to Office of Historic Preservation for public and municipal use


Kenchreai Field School, excavation of the port of ancient Corinth, Greece            June 2009

·       Acquired skills in all components of archaeological fieldwork – data analysis, artifact processing, conservation, and stratigraphic documentation

·       Participation funded by Trinity University Mach Student Research Fellowship

Archaeology Volunteer            March-May 2009

British School at Athens, Greece

·       Photographed artifacts and recorded contextual information in preparation for an electronic database

Field School, Center Encampment Revolutionary War site (1778), Redding, CT            May-June 2007

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT 

·     Research of the previously undocumented site led to the designation of the site as a State Archaeological Preserve and its addition to the State Register of Historic Places

·     Gained experience in orientation and mapping archaeological features, archaeological reconnaissance, subsurface testing, and excavation

·     Participation funded by a field school scholarship from the South Texas Archaeological Association


Volunteer Field Archaeologist (Short-Term)

·       Heeley City Farm, Sheffield, UK, Summer 2011, public archaeological excavation of a Victorian terraced house

·       University of York, Department of Archaeology, Summer 2011, excavated site of future campus development with prehistoric-medieval occupation

·       Historical Perspectives, Inc., Westchester County, NY, Summer 2009, assisted with Phase II

·       Center for Archaeological Research, UTSA, Spring 2008, sifted backfill at a prehistoric site near Hondo, TX


2010            “An Investigation of Roman Silver Plate in the San Antonio Museum of Art”


2007            “A Revolutionary Summer: Western Connecticut State University Field School.” South Texas Archaeological Association Newsletter. 33: 1-2.


University of York, York, United Kingdom

Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management, January 2012

Dissertation: “Making the Invisible Visible”: Interpreting Subsurface Archaeological Deposits in the City of York”


Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Mediterranean Studies & Anthropology, Magna cum Laude, Departmental Honors, May 2010

Honors Thesis: “An Investigation of Roman Silver Plate in the San Antonio Museum of Art”


Honors and Awards: Trinity University Department of Classical Studies Outstanding Student in Ancient Mediterranean Studies Award, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Lambda Alpha, National Anthropology Honor Society, Eta Sigma Phi, National Classics Honor Society, Dean’s List, Trinity University, 2007-09, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars


College Year in Athens, Athens, Greece, Spring 2009

·       Relevant Coursework: Ancient Materials and Technologies, Archaeology of Athens, Archaeological Drawing, Ancient Greek, and Modern Greek



·       , Managing Archaeological Collections, National Park Service Distance Learning Certificate, February 2014

·       Council of Texas Archaeologists, member since February 2014

·       American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Workshop on Emergency Planning and Mitigation Strategies for Historic Sites, San Antonio, TX, 2012

·       Texas Association of Museums (TAM) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2012

·       Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2008

Able to travel and willing to relocate.




Marybeth S.F. Tomka

Curator (Lead Curatorial Researcher)

Center for Archaeological Research

The University of Texas at San Antonio



Dr. Nicolle Hirschfeld

Assistant Professor                                                                       

Trinity University, Department of Classical Studies                                                                       



Dr. Jennifer Mathews

Associate Professor

Trinity University, Department of Anthropology


Post ID#20438 - replied 2/19/2014 7:57 AM


I live in San Antonio, TX but am from Connecticut and have experience in both regions. I will relocate anywhere to gain CRM experience. 


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