Topic ID #36696 - posted 2/4/2016 12:09 PM

Recent MA graduate seeking employment in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic


I recently completed My MA at ECU this past spring. I am interested in temporary and permanent employment opportunities in field or laboratory environments. In addition, I have extensive lab experience and love working with the public, therefore I am also open to positions in museums and archaeological labs in the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia region.

Michell Gilman
127 Avery Street #4, Greenville, NC 27858


I am seeking to secure a position  where I am able to participate in  opportunities allowing me to utilize as well as further my knowledge and experience in areas such as cultural resource management, museum practices (including curation and exhibits), historical research & preservation (including conservation), archaeological fieldwork & survey methods, leadership experiences, public outreach, & archaeological/museum collections.


 Experienced in identifying prehistoric & prehistoric artifacts, proficient writing, editing, and documentation skills, detail-oriented, capable of working independently & as part of a team, skilled in artifact analysis, categorization, curation, and conservation processes, confident in performing  public archaeology talks, educated & experienced in archaeological methods & surveys

Relevant Experience

Longwood University/Longwood Institute of Archaeology – Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice
, Farmville, VA

Historian/Archaeologist & Preservationist I – on call, August 2016 – Current (projected 6 weeks)

USFS “Nettle Patch” project located in Jefferson National Forest Norton, VA

§  Phase I archaeological survey (shovel test pits) to identify archaeological sites/cultural resources that includes   identification of prehistoric artifacts, using tools including compass, shovels, trowels, screens, soil identification, and documentation of finds

The Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Tarboro, NC

Archaeological Technician

June 2016 – July 2016, Chestnut solar farm project, Enfield, NC (3 weeks)

March 2016, solar farm project, Plymouth, NC (2 weeks)

Participated in a Phase I survey project (pedestrian & shovel test pits) for a cultural resources management firm   involving the identification of historic artifacts, and prehistoric ceramic and lithic artifacts
§  Used tools such as trowels, compasses, maps, shovels, and screens for survey and excavation activities

The George Washington Foundation
, Fredericksburg, VA

        Archaeological Intern, March 2016 – June 2016 (15 weeks)

Participated in excavation project activities at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

Utilized tools such as measuring devices, levels, shovels, trowels, screens, documents, to excavate project area

Assisted with using common tools such as mallets, nails, and power saw to repair items needing repair

Identified historical and prehistorical artifacts

Assisted with teaching field school students in archaeological excavation methods

Delivered interpretive talks and tours to student groups and visitors about the history of the site and archaeology project occurring during the current field season

Engaged in laboratory processes such as cleaning, storing, and labeling artifacts to prepare for museum display or storage

Queen Anne’s Revenge Laboratory
, Greenville, NC

       Volunteer, August 2015 –March 2016
Graduate assistant/archaeological conservator, August 2014 – June 2015

§ Applied 
techniques & assisted with the conservation of archaeological objects retrieved from the Queen Anne’s  Revenge shipwreck including chemical solution testing, assisting with public tours & open house events, artifact analysis, data entry, photography, & photo editing

Developed and managed a conservation project that involved research, developing experimental trials, recommendations, and reconservation of two prehistoric log canoes currently housed at the laboratory

Warren Wilson College/The Berry Site Field School
, Morganton, NC 
Field school volunteer, June 2015

Participated in an ongoing excavation of a historic Native American and 16th C. Spanish fort site.

Performed tasks typically associated with an archaeological excavation including screening and identification of  artifacts, excavating units, cleaning and sorting artifacts in a lab setting, and soil identification 

        Onslow County Museum, Richlands, NC 
 Volunteer guest speaker, June 2014 – July 2014

§  Responsible for conducting several presentations about the field of archaeology to young students (ages 9-12)         attending the museum’s summer camp

Assisted museum staff with teaching summer camp students with about archaeology through participation in a  “mock dig” to teach them about excavation activities, including documentation of their finds

Central Washington University/The Wenas Creek Mammoth Project Archaeological Field School,      
Ellensburg, WA
Field school, June 2010 – July 2010

§  Participated in an interdisciplinary project combining scientific methods in archaeology, paleontology, and  geography

Engaged in excavation activities including excavating unites, bone identification, use of a total station, screening, on-site museum, wet screening, CRM pedestrian surveys to identify and map historic and prehistoric cultural materials

Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), Ashland, OR
 Practicum student/laboratory assistant, September 2007 – June 2007

§  Responsible for curating artifacts, including detailed analysis, research, written documentation, and reports

Participated in archaeological projects through analysis of historic and prehistoric artifacts, classification of artifacts, interpretation, documentation, and written analyses of data

Organized individual project and presented findings

Additional Professional Experience

         East Carolina University/University Writing Center, Greenville, NC
        Graduate assistant/writing consultant, August 2013 - current

         East Carolina University/Department of Anthropology, Greenville, NC
         Graduate assistant/copyeditor, June 2014 – October 2014/January 2016 – current

          East Carolina University/College of Education – OAA, Greenville, NC
         Graduate assistant, August 2013 – August 2014

        Zales/Piercing Pagoda, Medford, OR
        Store manager, April 2011 – August 2013
        Assistant store manager, July 2010 – April 2011
        Key sales associate, November 2007 – July 2010

        Department of Human Services/Child Welfare, Medford, OR 
        Social services specialist I (temporary), June 2008 – September 2008

         Southern Oregon Head Start, Central Point, OR 
         Family Advocate, September 2007 – June 2008

         Department of Human Services/Child Welfare, Grants Pass, OR 
         Social services assistant, April 2003 – October 2006


         M.A., Anthropology, graduate minor in Women’s Studies, East Carolina University, May 2016
         MA thesis title “Lake Phelps Dugout Log Canoes: Conservation, Retreatment, and Public Display,”
         Chair, Dr. Charles R. Ewen

         B.S., Anthropology, minor in Women’s Studies, Southern Oregon University, Cum Laude, December 2007

         A.A.S., Human Services, Rogue Community College, June 2003, with honors

Post ID#20794 - replied 9/2/2016 4:34 PM


I have updated my resume as of 9/2/2016 and can be contacted via my email address, thank you. Michell


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