Topic ID #37964 - posted 1/23/2017 10:15 AM

Experienced M.A. archaeologist looking for position in NY, PA, and surrounding area


Michelle Davenport
Rochester, NY 14620

Date available to begin work: January 9, 2017

Summary Statement

Three years of experience working as an archaeologist in cultural resource management in field, lab, and office settings. Over two years of experience working with bioarchaeological remains for graduate research in both lab and field settings. Driven to complete projects once started and presents strong written and oral communication skills. Completion of an Applied Anthropology Master’s degree further qualifies for both fieldwork and lab work in the field of cultural resource management.

Summary of Professional Skills

·         Phase I pedestrian and shovel test survey

·         Phase III excavation

·         Monitoring

·         Knowledge of Section 106 of the NHPA

·         Knowledge of NEPA, ARPA, and NAGPRA

·         Report writing, formatting, and technical editing

·         Archival background research, chain of title research

·         Artifact analysis: historic and prehistoric lithics and ceramics

·         Artifact and records curation

·         Excavation and identification of human remains

·         Osteoware database

·         Bone histology: sample preparation and analysis

·         TerraSync, handheld Trimble GPS

·         Strong written and oral communication skills

·         Flexible and learns quickly


M.A. Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, Applied Anthropology  May 2017 (projected)

Successfully defended and submitted thesis in November 2016. Master’s complete except for receipt of diploma, which will be granted in May.

B.A. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA Anthropology with Honors                          May 2011 


Field Training

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS                                                               October 2015

Topper Site, Allendale, SC

Prehistoric site with Paleoindian, Archaic, and Woodland period occupations.

Ecomuseum de Cap de Cavalleria, Menorca, Spain                                October – November 2012

Sanisera Necropolis Site, Cueva de la Costa Norte Site, Menorca, Spain

Bioarchaeological field school. Excavated tombs from a 6th Century AD Roman Necropolis. Excavated comingled cremated human remains from a prehistoric funerary cave. Learned practical and ethical procedures for excavating, cleaning, identifying, and cataloging human remains from multiple contexts.

Archaeological Field School, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR    June 2011 – August 2011

Cooper’s Ferry Site, Cottonwood, ID                                                      

Excavation of prehistoric occupation site along the Lower Salmon River. Learned proper methods of excavation, lithic identification, site recording, artifact cataloging and analysis.


Professional Work Experience

Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University, MS

Graduate Research Assistant                                                        August 2016-December 2016

Inventory, analysis, and photography of historic skeletal remains from the Mississippi State Asylum (1855-1935). Oversaw undergraduate work study students. Updated NAGPRA inventory and fixed inventory discrepancies.

Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Mississippi State University, MS

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                 August 2015-May 2016

Teaching assistant for Introduction to Archaeology and Artifact Analysis courses. Oversaw lab preparation and labwork, grading, quiz writing, conducted exam review sessions, held office hours.

Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Mississippi State University, MS

Graduate Research Assistant                                                              August 2014-May 2015

Washed and inventoried human skeletal remains. Historic census data transcription. Skeletal analysis. Analyzed, photographed, and wrote reports for forensic cases. Cataloged artifacts. Oversaw undergraduate work study students and high school interns.

URS Corporation, Dallas, TX

Staff Archaeologist                                                                              April 2013 – March 2014

Archaeological Field Technician                                                          April 2012 – April 2013

Project report data collection, background research, technical edits, writing, eligibility recommendations. Artifact analysis, cataloging, and curation preparation. Field document curation. Phase I survey. Construction monitoring. Helped compose and edit Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Existing Conditions reports, and Categorical Exclusions. Occasionally acted as field crew chief.

Completed Projects for URS Corporation:

·         Benedum to Centralia 345kV Transmission Line Project, Oncor, Upton County, Texas (2014).

·         Pecos NGL Pipeline, Delaware Basin NGL Pipeline LLC, Ward and Reeves Counties, Texas (2014).

·         T08 Data Recovery, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Coal County, Oklahoma (2013-2014).

·         Task Orders #1 and #2—Contract P13PC00280, National Park Service/Fort Polk, Vernon Parish, Louisiana (2013).

·         Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas and Collin Counties, Texas (2013-2014).

·         Garden Acres Bridge, Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas County, Texas (2013).

·         Harbor Bridge, Texas Department of Transportation, Nueces County, Texas (2013).

·         SourceGas Loop Line Project, SourceGas, Benton County, Arkansas (2013).

·         Union Pacific Railroad Newly Proposed Rail Yard, Union Pacific Railroad, Marshall, Texas (2013).

·         Kinder Morgan/Tallgrass PXP Pipeline, Kinder Morgan, Kansas and Oklahoma (2012-2013).

·         CREZ Newton—Killeen 345kV Transmission Line Project, Oncor, Lampassas and Killeen Counties, Texas (2012-2013).

·         Fort Worth T Expansion, Fort Worth T, Fort Worth, Texas (2012-2014).

·         Elk City, Kerr Reservoir, Wister Lake, Broken Bow, and McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Tulsa District, Oklahoma (2012-2013).

·         Washington Parish CO2 EIS, NRG Energy Inc.; Fort Bend, Wharton, and Jackson Counties, Texas (2012). 

·         Flanagan South Oil Pipeline, Enbridge Inc., Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas (2012-2013).

Sphere 3 Environmental, Inc, Longview, TX

Archaeological Field Technician                                                        September 2011 – April 2012

Conducted Phase I survey. Completed field documentation, photographs, GPS data collection, site delineation, site forms, site sketch maps. Artifact cataloging and analysis.


Completed Projects for Sphere 3 Environmental, Inc:

·         Craine Minerals and Pinkston Well Pads, Encana Corp., Centerville, Texas (2011-2012).

·         Chaparral Wildlife Management Area, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Cotulla, Texas (2011).

·         Kilgore ISD Proposed Middle and Elementary School Campuses, Kilgore Independent School District, Kilgore, Texas (2011).

·         Highlander Pipeline, TGGT Holdings Inc., Nacogdoches, Texas (2011). 

Conducted Survey and/or Excavation Fieldwork in the Following States

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Idaho, South Carolina


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