Topic ID #35668 - posted 5/4/2015 5:26 PM

Osteologist/Forensic Archaeological Consultant Avail. in New England



Herickson64

Hello,
I am seeking work in the New England area as an osteological consultant. I've consulted for museums, contract archaeology firms, private lawyers, state organizations, historical societies, and others, in both archaeological and forensic contexts. During my career, I have analyzed the remains of over 4,000 individuals.


Harley A. Erickson
Ellington, CT    (860)375-8661   ericksonh30@comcast.net

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST

 


Forensic/physical anthropology and osteoarchaeology; mortuary archaeology; archaeological heritage management; collections management and curation; New England historical archaeology; burying grounds preservation; zooarchaeology.


EDUCATION

 


HARVARD UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SCHOOL
              
Assorted Museum Studies Courses,

               BOSTON UNIVERSITY
               M.A.  Archaeological Heritage Management (Concentration in osteoarchaeology/forensic anthropology) 

MERCYHURST COLLEGE AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, ERIE, PA
“Field and Laboratory Methods in the Location, Recovery, and Analysis of Human Remains from an Outdoor Setting,” Intensive six-day forensic archaeology course.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, BOSTON
               Course in forensic anthropology/osteology; hands-on laboratory training.

ARMED FORCES INSTITUTE OF PATHOLOGY, BETHESDA, MD
               Forensic Anthropology: Five-day intensive lecture and laboratory course.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
               B.A. Archaeology;  B.A. Classical Civilization (cum laude)

EXPERIENCE

 

Osteological consultanT    Self-employed, 1996-present

Provide osteological assessment and complete analysis of human remains in both archaeological and forensic settings, and other related work as needed, such as body exhumation. Have consulted for museums, graveyard conservators, lawyers, state agencies, and archaeological consulting firms.

 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Curatorial Assistant, Collections Department, July 2001-May 2004 
Responsible for the identification, cataloging, inventorying, care and handling of archaeological and ethnological objects. These include a wide variety of lithics from U.S. sites, prehistoric ceramics, and South American pottery. Work includes digital photography of objects, movement of objects for research, assisting and supervising visiting researchers and work-study students, maintaining object records in database, reviewing object documentation, and assisting conservation, repatriation, and exhibit departments with various projects. Also supply osteological expertise as needed.


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Museum Osteologist, May 1999-June 2001

Responsible for complete analysis, inventorying, and curation of human skeletal remains subject to repatriation under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. For each set of remains, my analysis included sex, age, and race determination, stature estimates, and the identification of various pathologies, anomalies, and traumas, when present. Position also included daily data entry and database usage, report generation, and responsibility for proper storage and care of osteological collections. During my position as osteologist, I analyzed and inventoried the skeletal remains of over 4,000 individuals.


Massachusetts Historical Commission, Boston, MA

Curatorial Associate & Osteologist in State Archaeology Lab and Commonwealth Museum, December 1997-May 1999
One of four archaeologists who researched, developed, designed, and curated the large Commonwealth Museum exhibit (June 1999 - present): “Archaeology of the Central Artery Project: Highway to the Past.” Also designed traveling and temporary archaeological exhibits based on Central Artery project artifacts, was responsible for exhibit brochure design and text writing, drawing of archaeological illustrations for exhibits, curation of artifacts in MHC collections, helping to develop collections management guidelines,  programming and design of library database, and analysis of human skeletal remains as needed.


OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER, BOSTON, MA

Part-time Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology Intern, September 1996-1999

Recovery, analysis, and interpretation of human remains from forensic settings. Includes case background research, skeletal analysis, creation of profiles for law enforcement agencies, and acting as a member of the Forensic Recovery Team during field recoveries.

ROBERT S. PEABODY MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY, ANDOVER, MA

Part-time researcher and Osteological Consultant, May 1996-August 1996

Osteological analysis of Native American human remains from sites in Georgia and Maine (for NAGPRA compliance). Included compiling osteometric data, interpretation of the remains, background research, and final report preparation.

BOSTON HISTORIC BURYING GROUNDS INITIATIVE

Part-time Archaeological Researcher, January 1995-August 1995

Developed management plan for historic gravestone fragments collection, conducted archival research, and created databases for historic cemetery information.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS (BOSTON) PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
Principal Forensic Analyst, October 1993-September 1994
Analyzed and interpreted human skeletal remains in Dr. Michael Gibbons’ physical anthropology laboratory.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

-American Association of Physical Anthropologists
-Society for Historical Archaeology
-Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology

-Association for the Study of Connecticut History

  

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 


“A Life History Etched in Bone,” poster session with co-author Dr. Ann Marie Mires, presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, February 9-14, 1998 San Francisco, CA.

 

“Determining Time Elapsed Since Death: Ideas and Conclusions Derived Using Data from Outdoor Recoveries in Massachusetts,” oral presentation by co-author Dr. Ann Marie Mires, presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, February 9-14, 1998 San Francisco, CA.

 

Manuscript in Progress: “The Pottery Down the Old Post Road: Archaeological Evidence of the Redware Pottery of Abraham Hews I, Weston, Massachusetts.”

 

Have created an archaeological research website dedicated to disseminating information on early New England redware pottery and potteries: www.neredware.com

 

“Historic Gravestone Fragments: A Collections Management Plan,” Northeast Historical Archaeology, 1996, 24: 9-18.

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

 

-Microsoft Word, Wordperfect, Excel, Microsoft Access, Powerpoint, PCTex, Filemaker Pro Database, FORDISC (physical anthropology software), Microsoft Office, Microsoft Frontpage 2000 web design software, and PastPerfect.
-Experience with both PCs and Macintosh, and local area networks.

-Programming in Visual Basic for Microsoft Access (Database design and management).

 

OTHER SKILLS

 

-Speak, read, and write Spanish.
-Typing approximately 55-60 wpm.

-Ongoing work as a freelance archaeological illustrator.

 

REFERENCES

 

· Dr. Ann Marie Mires, Professor of Forensic Anthropology, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA (978)283-1654.
·
Brona Simon, MA State Archaeologist, Massachusetts Historical Commission. (617)727-8470.
· Edward Bell, Senior Archaeologist, Massachusetts Historical Commission. (617)727-8470.






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