Topic ID #38525 - posted 7/21/2017 3:41 PM

Recent M.A. w/ 10+ years Experience, Willing to Relocate


Resume - Barry A. Brillantes


2016 M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan

2011 B.A., Departmental Honors, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles



2013–2016 Zona Arqueológica Kaminaljuyú – Guatemala City, Guatemala

PI: Dr. Barbara Arroyo, Dirección General del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural

Crew Chief

Monitored and aided a crew of six local Guatemalan archaeologists who excavated a series of Preclassic (500 BC-AD 250) period settlement mounds to test for local elite activity and chronological clarity.  Analyzed ceramic artifacts for typological classification and collected normative measurements (e.g. vessel size and shape) for later statistical use.  Similarly analyzed recovered lithics for production stage classification and use wear as well as zooarchaeological remains for species-level identification.  Performed artificial-level excavations and generated plan and profile maps for later publication.  Organized and prepared the logistics regarding proper storage of archaeological materials both on- and off-site.  Research on future potential projects involved modeling drainage profiles and viewshed analysis for later survey through arcGIS.  Final end product included annual governmental technical reports and conference presentations.

2013 Swan Point Excavation Project – Big Delta, AK

PI: Dr. Charles E. Holmes, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Staff Archaeologist

Performed artificial-level field excavations at a Paleolithic (14000-11000 BC) mammoth hunting site near Juneau, AK. Daily work included block excavations, mapping of microlithic and faunal clusters using a Sokia Total Station, illustrations of in-situ artifact distributions, and proper field collection and storage. Laboratory work involved cataloguing recovered artifacts and analysis of lithic and projectile point technologies for type and use wear.

2012 Sapphos Environmental, Inc. – Pasadena, CA

Supervisor: Karl Holland  

Field Archaeologist

Performed continuous and parallel transect surveys over a 10-square kilometer block using a Trimble GPS in the San Fernando Valley, California. Initial survey included GPS point-collection and mapping as well as periodic sampling for artifact types and artifact density. Test pit excavations and in-field analysis were utilized in areas of strong clustering. Primary goal was to determine the potential nature of historical occupations in accordance with NEPA and Section 106 regulations.

2010 Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago – Bocas del Toro, Panama

PI: Dr. Thomas A Wake, UCLA; Dr. Tomás Mendizábal  

Field Archaeologist

Performed artificial-level field excavations and a 6-square kilometer continuous transect survey using Trimble GPS of possible settlement mounds at the pre-Columbian site of Sitio Drago in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Aided in supervising undergraduate students during field excavations and local unit planar and profile mapping. Other duties included in-field storage management, daily artifact processing, and laboratory analysis of recovered ceramic and lithic artifacts in regards to local typologies.

2009 Proyecto Arqueológico Pambamarca – Cangahua, Ecuador

PI: Dr. Samuel Connell, Foothill College; Dr. Chad Gifford, Columbia University Field Supervisor

Supervised and aided in natural-level field excavations and topographic mapping of a Late Horizon (AD 1476-1534) Inca storage facility undertaken by six UCLA undergraduates. Similarly supervised laboratory analysis of ceramic artifacts and botanical remains from field excavations that included artifact accession in ACCESS, maintaining long-term storage facilities, and teaching laboratory techniques such as typological classification systems and data collection for statistical use to field school students.

2007-08 Foothill-West Valley Archaeological Survey – Santa Cruz, CA

PI: Dr. Andrew Kindon, West Valley CC; Dr. Samuel Connell, Foothill College Survey Supervisor

Supervised and aided in test pit excavations and a 3-square kilometer continuous and perpendicular transect surveys at the Cowell Lime Works, a late 19th century limestone production facility in Santa Cruz, CA. Field work included educating community college undergraduates in proper excavation strategies, in-field artifact identification, and general supervision. Later laboratory analysis involved creating an artifact database in EXCEL as well as artifact historical research, classification, and storage.

2007 Proyecto Arqueológico Pambamarca – Cangahua, Ecuador

PI: Dr. Samuel Connell, Foothill College; Dr. Chad Gifford, Columbia University Field School Student (Accredited)

Educated in proper excavation and field survey protocol as well as artifact analysis and laboratory techniques as part of an accredited field school through Foothill College.


2011-12 Early Formative Mazatán Project – San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico PI: Dr. Richard G. Lesure, UCLA; Dr. Martin Biskowski, CSU, Sacramento; Dr. Terry G. Powis, Kennesaw State

Senior Research Assistant

Analyzed previously collected ceramic artifacts in regards to verifying typological clarity and gathering normative measurements (vessel size, shape, and potential volume) from the Early Preclassic (1500-950 BC) site of Paso de la Amada on the southern coast of Chiapas, Mexico.  Similarly provided species-level identification and morphological data collection for recovered zooarchaeological remains from flotation samples.  Laboratory procedures included ceramic illustrations, vessel reconstruction and preservation, data coding, statistical analysis on type variation, and microphotography.  Data collected was processed and analyzed for later publication.

2010-11 Zooarchaeology Laboratory, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology – Los Angeles, CA

PI: Dr. Thomas A. Wake, UCLA

Research Assistant

Primary work involved laboratory analysis of zooarchaeological remains from La Laguna and Paso de la Amada in Tlaxcala and Chiapas, Mexico, respectively.  Data collected included genus and species identification and functional metric measurements (size, length, weight) for a Bachelor's thesis.  At times aided other laboratory employees on identification difficulties.  Other duties included EXCEL catalogue construction, management of faunal storage facilities, and reconstructing corrupted databases.

2009 UCLA Maya Archaeology Project, San Ignacio, Belize

PI: Dr. Samuel Connell, Foothill College; Dr. John Morris, NICH, Belize

Field Laboratory Director

Created proper laboratory structures for a 1st-year field school that included management of project finances, generating laboratory and field collection forms, database construction through ACCESS, and proper long-term artifact storage.  Served as a laboratory instructor for UCLA undergraduates teaching ceramic and lithic identification and Maya typological classification strategies.

2007-08 Anthropology Laboratory, Department of Anthropology, Foothill College

PI: Dr. Samuel Connell, Foothill College  

Laboratory Technician

Provided technical aid for ongoing laboratory projects.  Major project involved analysis of Native American human remains from salvage excavations conducted during a highway expansion project from 1973-1974.  Laboratory duties included gender and relative size identification, analysis for potential pathologies, and historical research on tribal land claims. Project work was conducted alongside the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and in accordance with federal NAGPRA regulations.



2014 LACS Tinker Field Research Grant ($1,000)

2010 The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Summer Research Scholarship ($1,000)


2015 Rackham Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan ($800)

2012 The University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship ($18,160)


  • Extensive archaeological surveying (pedestrian and aerial), testing, monitoring, and data recovery/excavation experience

  • Extensive in-field archaeological mapping experience

  • Extensive experience with Trimble GeoXT with Terrasync

  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Access

  • Technical writing and editing experience

  • Experience with Sokia Total Station

  • Experience with ArcGIS 10.1-10.5

  • Experience with remote sensing techniques (ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry, LIDAR) and data interpretation

References available upon request


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