Topic ID #28834 - posted 5/17/2013 7:34 AM

British-trained American Archaeologist/Heritage Professional seeking employment


I am an American citizen who completed undergraduate and is undertaking postgraduate qualifications in the United Kingdom.  Please contact me for my full CV and references.

Sarah Elizabeth Salem

11 Fern Street, York, YO31 7QU, United Kingdom

Mobile: +44 7727 478766


Education Qualifications:            


2012-2013 University of York, York, UK

Currently studying for a Master of Arts (Postgraduate) in Cultural Heritage Management. Course ends 4 September 2013.


2008-2012 University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK

Master of Arts (Honours) in Medieval History and Archaeology, Upper Second Class


2004-2008 Arlington High School, Lagrangeville, NY

Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors

National Honors Society, Honor Key, Top 4% of Class, SAT Score: 2000 out of 2400



Other Qualifications:           


Institute for Archaeologists

Student Member, January 2013-Present


Professional School of Bartending, Providence, RI

Passed a 30 hour Mixology course in August 2012 and received a certificate and license.


New York State Drivers License Class D

Took Driver’s Education classes in Spring 2007, received this qualification in July 2007.


Computer skills: Familiar with Mac and Windows. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Point Tools, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, AutoCAD, and ArchGIS.


Experience with French, Russian, and Scottish Gaelic languages. Familiar with Latin.



Archaeological Experience:


Heritage Management:


Historic Scotland and Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Nine day work placement run jointly between Rebecca Jones and Rod McCullagh at HS and Peter McKeague at RCAHMS from 25 March to 8 April 2013.  Catalogued HS’s collection of pre-afforestation survey reports, compared it to the collection at RCAHMS to identify discrepancies and management issues to resolve before the 2015 merger, and compiled a short report outlining these.  Also traced some of the map data in the reports into an ESRI Shape file on GIS and identified future work to be accomplished by similar placements.  Attended a Policy Directorate meeting at Historic Scotland and gained other insightful work experience in both national heritage organizations.


Council for British Archaeology Conservation Team

Nine day work placement with Claire Price and Jon Wright from October 2012 to January 2013.  Researched and produced a report on the recent campaigns of the national amenity societies and evaluated their strengths and weaknesses, and made suggestions for future campaigning of the CBA.  Presented the report to the CBA’s expert casework panel on 15 January 2013.


Stirling Council Archaeology

Internship and work experience with Murray Cook:

September 2012: helped organize and gave tours of Cambuskenneth Abbey for Doors Open Day as well as took two primary school classes on tours of the abbey earlier that month.

June 2012: worked in the council office with Mr. Cook, learned about the planning process, attended a watching brief, and condensed SMRs for new storage.


SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) Trust

Employed for two weeks in July 2012 to add content to the database and the GIS for the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project interactive map, which is available as both a website and Android App.




The Cairns, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, 2-13 July 2012

Prehistoric dig on an early Iron Age broch with later Iron Age settlements encroached into the walls as part of the Windwick Bay Project with Orkney College and ORCA.


Abbey Craig, Stirling, 16-18 July 2011

Community dig with Stirling Council Archaeology on early Medieval and Victorian features, alongside members of the local community and primary school classes.


Brora Salt Pans, Sutherland, 28 July – 23 August 2011

Assisted the director,  Joanna Hambly of SCAPE.  Rescue excavation on the early modern salt works eroding out of the sand dunes on the coast.  Alongside archaeological work, performed health and safety debriefing for volunteers, which included members of the local community of all ages, and members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society.


Thornton Abbey,  Lincolnshire, 2-15 July 2011

Attended this field school with students at the University of Sheffield.  Collapsed early modern mansion and a medieval barn and boundary ditch spread over the medieval abbey grounds.  


Post Excavation:



Regularly volunteered for Tom Dawson and Joanna Hambly to help with post-excavation work from January 2011 to July 2012.  This included: washing, weighing and cataloging finds, digitizing drawings, and general clerical work. 

January/February 2012: Employed for three weeks to digitize the drawings from the 2011 season at Brora.



Career To Date:                       


The Lamb and Lion Inn, York, UK

Front of House, October 2012-Present, 20-25 hours/week

Within Grade II and II* Listed buildings. Responsibilities include: bartending, waiting tables, changing casks and kegs, working the till, dealing with reservations for both meals and hotel guests, and keeping the bar and dining areas neat and tidy, with good customer service.


The Scottish Shop, St Andrews, UK

Sales Assistant, April 2010- July 2012, 15-35 hours/week depending on season

Responsibilities included: being a key holder, opening and closing the shop, working and cashing up the register, customer service, counting and ordering stock, international shipping, measuring customers for tailored kilts and trousers, advertising, maintaining the shop floor in a clean and tidy state.


Chestnut Mobil, LaGrangeville, NY

Gas Station Cashier/Attendant, June 2009- September 2009, 35-40 hours/week

Responsibilities included: working early morning and evening shifts in an extremely busy environment, sometimes alone, maintaining excellent customer service manners, security, and cleaning the shop as well as the pumps and parking lot.



Other Interests: 

I have a keen interest in travel, culture, and history.  This greatly influenced my decision to attend university in the United Kingdom.  I love dance and theater, and I am an avid ice-hockey fan.


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