Topic ID #38213 - posted 4/4/2017 8:24 AM

RPA Recent MA Looking for Employment & Willing to Relocate


Joshua M. Wackett, RPA

jmwackett (a) msn . com



M.A., 2016, Georgia State University, Anthropology

Thesis: Elemental Analysis of Colonial Period Ceramics from Moquegua, Peru

Advisors: Nicola Sharratt, Sofia Chacaltana Cortez, Jeffrey Glover

B.A., 2012, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Archaeology, cum laude

B.A., 2012, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Anthropology, cum laude

Research Interests

Historical archaeology, Colonialism, Geo-archaeology

Archaeological Experience

08/2016-12/2016         Research Assistant, Georgia State University Anthropology Department,

                                    Atlanta, GA

                                    Aiding in conducting archaeological research with Dr. Brent Woodfill. Tasks including research, scanning, proofreading, and critiquing written works. Supervisor: Dr. Brent Woodfill

01/2015-05/2016         Teaching Assistant, Georgia State University Anthropology Department, Atlanta, GA

                                    Actively participated in the construction of courses, teaching material, and exams with Dr. Daniel Bigman (Spring 2015), Dr. Brent Woodfill (Fall 2015), and Dr. Adam S. Green (Spring 2016) as a graduate teaching assistant. Tasks included grading tests, being available to work with undergraduate students, and general class preparation work. Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Bigman, Dr. Brent Woodfill, Dr. Adam S. Green

05/2015-08/2015         Unit Supervisor, Proyecto Colesuyo, Moquegua, Peru

                                    Oversaw and interpreted excavations, completed appropriate paperwork, assisted in preparation of the field report, aided in the writing of the report and managed crews of up to thirteen, speaking both English and Spanish. Completed preliminary laboratory processing of artifacts. Acquired and maintained field and lab equipment. Also trained fieldworkers on proper archaeological excavation techniques. Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Sharratt

11/2013-12/2014         On-call Archaeology Field Technician/Monitor, Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resource Management Program, Sacaton, AZ

                                    Conducted numerous multi-month surface surveys and Stage I, II and III excavations along with monitoring multiple construction crews. Gathered archaeological data on GPS units. Drove field vehicles in remote and rugged terrain. In this process I identified sites and features. Supervisor: Dr. Chris Loendorf

01/2013-12/2014         Archaeological Laboratory Technician I, Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resource Management Program, Sacaton, AZ

Conducted CRM laboratory work including; comprehensive historic materials and shell artifact analysis, precise data entry and cataloging, along with artifact curation. Supervisors: Eloise Pedro and Dr. Kyle Woodson. 

07/2012                       Field Archaeologist, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Participated in Phase III excavation of a Spanish mission in Jacksonville, Florida along with keeping detailed excavation notes, careful bagging of artifacts found in the screening process, and the verification of elevations with a total station. Principal Investigator: Dr. Keith Ashley.

05/2012-06/2012         Museum Intern, Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts, Wilmington, NC

Engaged the museum visitors with helpful information about the museum grounds and offered them a full range of services to enhance their visit. Supervisor: Gareth Evans.

03/2012                       Field Archaeologist, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Conducted of a surface survey of a private residence in Greensboro, NC with a strong Archaic period component. Responsibilities included orienting crew on transects, identifying prehistoric artifacts, record keeping, and preliminary analysis of the artifacts recovered. Supervisor: Dr. Linda France Stine.

11/2010-05/2012         Archaeological Laboratory Technician, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

I was an active lab worker, washing and conducting preliminary analysis of historic and prehistoric artifacts from North Carolina. Supervisor: Dr. Linda France Stine.

06/2011-07/2011         Field Archaeologist, Contisuyo Archaeological Project, Moquegua, Peru

Received training and feedback in prehistoric archaeological field method. Responsibilities included excavation, record keeping and note taking, illustration of maps, artifact identification and cleaning. Hiked on rugged terrain daily. Principal Investigator: Dr. Donna Nash

03/2009                       Field Archaeologist, Mount Vernon Archaeology Department, Alexandria, VA

Received training and feedback in basic historical archaeological field and laboratory methods, including Phase I and II excavation. Conducted shovel test pits on a preset transect. Artifact identification and bagging, and careful note taking were the primary responsibilities carried through. Supervisor: Kurt Breckenridge 

Funding Received

Fall 2016                     Field Museum National Science Foundation Grant for the Elemental Analysis Facility Research: $3744

Fall 2016                     Graduate Assistantship: Full tuition waiver and stipend

Spring 2016                 Graduate Assistantship: Full tuition waiver and stipend

Fall 2015                     Graduate Assistantship: Full tuition waiver and stipend

Spring 2015                 Graduate Assistantship: Full tuition waiver and stipend

Summer 2011               Peter Ryan Scholarship to study abroad in archaeology: $1000

Conference Presentations

J. Wackett. ‘Ceramic Production in Colonial Moquegua, Peru.’ Invited presentation at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Orlando, Florida (April 6th-10th).

Professional & Scholarly Awards

2012                            Graduated cum laude (B.A.)

2012                            Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society

2012                            Golden Key International Honours Society

2012                            UNC-Greensboro Office of Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Recognition

2010-2012                   Dean’s and Chancellor’s List at UNC-Greensboro

Teaching Assistant Experience (GSU)

2015                            ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology

2015                            ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

2016                            ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Guest Lecturers

11/2015                       “Summer 2015 Field Work at Tumilaca La Chimba, Peru” presented for ANTH 2030 Introduction to Archaeology at GSU 

Relevant Coursework

                                    Historic Preservation Law

Historical Archaeology

                                    Public Archaeology and Practice

                                    Archaeological Perspective on Migration and Diaspora

                                    Methods in Archaeology

Archaeology of the Southeastern US

Archaeological Theory

Archaeology of South America

Geographic Information Science (GIS)             

Public Outreach

10/2015                       Fort Daniel Frontier Faire Archaeology Demonstration. Presented at Fort Daniel, GA. Supervisor: Dr. Jeffrey Glover.

03/2014                       Ancient Technology Day: Bow and Arrow Demonstration. Presented at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, AZ. March 27. Supervisor: Dr. Chris Loendorf.

Professional Memberships

                                    Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)

Society for American Archaeology

                                    Society for Historical Archaeology


2014                            Wildland Firefighter Red Card (Qualifications: Archaeologist, Cultural Specialist, Firefighter Type II)

2014                            Advanced National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training 


Available upon request


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