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Digital Archaeologist, City of Boston, Boston, MA

Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
Under the supervision of the Archaeology Laboratory Manager and as part of Boston's City Archaeology Program, provides a wide variety of laboratory and collections duties.  The Digital Archaeologist will work for two years in support of the Boston Digital Archaeology Program funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Digital Archaeologist will be responsible for creating and disseminating digital archaeological data from multiple archaeological sites including Boston Common, Paul Revere House, Brook Farm, the 27-29 Endicott Street Brothel, and Faneuil Hall through mid-2021.  


  • Photographs artifact lots with a digital SLR camera (provided), creates and labels TIF and derivative JPEG files with accurate artifact lot identification.
  • Assists Project Archaeologist in entering artifact data into digital artifact catalog and provides quality control assistance.
  • Scans archival documents including field forms, reports, and drawings.
  • Uploads digital images and creates backup images on artifact image hard drives.
  • Creates CSV datasheet and populates online catalog using spreadsheet and digital images.  
  • Performs other collections-related projects as assigned to them by the City Archaeologist and Laboratory Manager
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have at least (2) two years full-time or equivalent part-time experience working with museum collections, New England Native archaeological artifacts, 17th-20th century American historic archaeological artifacts, cataloging archaeological materials into a digital database.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology, Archives, History, Heritage Management, Museum Studies, or closely-related fields.
  • Familiarity with Digital SLR cameras and use of RAW and JPEG file formats.
  • Strong organizational, communication, writing and interpersonal skills; demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Proven competency in the use of related software such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows Office Suite and Google Drive office suite.
  • Experience with uploading and data management preferred.
  • Ability to provide quality customer services in person and over the telephone; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and other employees.
  • Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


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