Topic ID #23051 - posted 9/10/2012 5:42 PM

Entry Level Archaeologist - Willing to Relocate


Lucas Nichols

1358 Deer Canyon Road

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 459-8351


  • I am currently looking for an opportunity to work as a field technician, lab technician, or any other experience that lets me use my anthropology and history degrees. Work in California would be ideal, however I am willing to relocate. I have full availability and reliable transportation. I am a hard worker, highly motivated, and I look forward to improving as well as acquiring new skills. After a few years of field work I plan on attending graduate school.


University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A. Cultural Anthropology (emphasis in Archaeology) and History, GPA 3.35

09/2009 - 06/2011

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Continuing Education (Archaeology Field School)

07/2010 - 08/2010

Alan Hancock Community College

Santa Maria, CA. 2006 – 2008

Relevant Coursework:

Basic Archaeological Concepts Ceramic Analysis

Household Archaeology Hunters and Gatherers

Archaeological Lab Methods North American Indians,

Archaeological Field Methods Practicum in Field and Laboratory

Related Experience:

Great Basin Sage, Inc.

Field Technician: 6/2012 – 8/2012

- Two different phase I linear surveys in the Mojave Desert looking for prehistoric and historic cultural resources.

- First survey was a 4,800 acre survey of 5 separate ranches in Kern County.

- Second survey was 360 mile transmission line survey around California City, Randsburg, and the city of Mojave.

- Used maps and hand-held GPS while keeping a daily journal.

- Filled out archaeological site records.

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation:

Laboratory Technician, Ranch San Julian excavation: 08/2011 – 5/2012

- Analyzed archaeological materials from Rancho San Julian.

- Duties include: sorting, counting, weighing, and cataloging of artifacts in Microsoft Access database.

Teacher at Archaeology station during Living History weekends and Presidio Pastimes events: 2012

- Educated local elementary school children and other guests about the Santa Barbara Presidio achaeology and history.

- Set up a pit with real Presidio artifacts for guests to excavate.

- Showed the guests how to sort the artifacts they found and explained there significance.

Laboratory Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara: 09/2010 – 12/2010

- Duties included the processing of shell midden recovered from Chumash sites off of Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park.

Archaeological Field School: 07/2010 - 08/2010

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park/Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

- Six week course in excavation and laboratory analysis focusing on Spanish period historical remains.

- Personally excavated three separate units inside of the Presidio.

- Set grid lines, dug test pits, probed, dry screened, water screened, weighed and classified findings.

- Recognized and documented historic archaeological materials in a field setting including: bone, metal, a variety of ceramic styles, lithic materials, etc.

- Kept a daily journal of finds, observations, soil colors, etc., for future reference.

Other Associations:

Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honors Society.

- Member 2010 – 2011

- Vice President of UCSB chapter 2010 - 2011

University of California, Santa Barbara Fencing Team

- Captain and member of the men’s foil team 2009 – 2011

- Treasurer 2010-2011

Other Work Experience:

Two Peas in a Pod Farming / Mama’s Preserves 2008 – 2012

- Customer service, sales associate, general labor.

The Old Custom House Restaurant 07/2007 – 05/2009



Linda Honey

Crew Chief – Great Basin Sage


Phone: (805) 231 - 1149

Michael Imwalle

Archaeologist – Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation


Phone: (805) 962 - 2101

Dr. Robert Hoover (field school)

Professor emeretus – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo


Phone: (805) 544 - 0176


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