Topic ID #41023 - posted 5/5/2019 8:14 PM

Southeast US-MA Degree Bioarchaeologist


Kara Weidner Profile (

Master’s degree graduate interested in a career in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology. Knowledge of Section 106 and NAGPRA, and experience writing detailed paperwork and grants. Worked on prehistoric, historic and cemetery archaeological excavations, classified and catalogued artifact assemblages and produced artifact databases. Extensive experience illustrating human remains and prehistoric artifacts. Training with skeletonized human remains in forensic and research contexts, teaching experience, and technical writing. Meets Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for archaeology.

Summary of Qualifications

§  Experience with grant writing, technical report writing, archival research and illustrations

§  Proficient in Word, Excel, Photoshop, SPSS and Powerpoint

§  Knowledge of excavation techniques, Section 106, and NAGPRA

§  Great attention to detail


§  Master’s of Art- Major-Anthropology  (July 2018)

§  Bachelor’s of Art- Major-Art; Minor-Anthropology  (May 2009)

§  Associate’s in Liberal Arts- Major-Art  (July 2007)


Professional Experience

Archaeological Field Technician/Archaeologist

Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson- (May 2018-May 2019)

§  Conducting Phase I archaeological surveys for Department of Transportation and telecommunications projects throughout eastern United States

§  Writing technical reports on archaeological surveys

§  Archival research (including use of SHPO and OSA files) for Section 106 compliance

§  Responsible for time management and meeting project deadlines

Graduate Assistant

East Carolina University- (August 2016-May 2018)

§  Implementing new storage for human remains preservation with grants

§  Used Photoshop, Illustration and photography on archaeological artifacts

§  Responsible for artifact cataloguing and recording (e.g. weight, size) and database management

§  Indexed books and proofed articles for publication

§  Assisted professors with Introduction to Anthropology courses and exams

§  Represented ECU and archaeology at middle school career days

Archaeological Field Technician

East Carolina University Field School- Historic period- Brunswick Town, NC (2017)

§  Excavated units, shovel tests and set up grids during Phase I and II surveys and data recovery

§  Recorded findings, mapped artifacts, photographed units, screened soil, completed soil profiles and cleaned artifacts

§  Used GPR and Total Station

§  Participated in public outreach

United States Forest Service-Passport in Time- Prehistoric period- Georgia (2014-2015)

§  Excavated units, shovel tests and set up grids during Phase I and II surveys

§  Recorded findings, mapped artifacts, photographed units, screened soil and completed soil profiles

§  Maintained proper specimen cataloging

Bioarchaeological Lab Technician

East Carolina University- Greenville morgue- (2017-2018)

§  Assisted in forensic skeletal analyses

§  Identified historical significance of human skeletal remains

§  Photographed and recorded forensically significant items

Bioarchaeological Field Technician

East Carolina University- Historic cemetery- Sunset Beach, NC (2017)

§  Excavated and mapped human remains

§  Photographed and recorded burials

§  Analyzed human remains

East Carolina University-various NC areas (2017-2018)

§  Assisted in forensic burial detection and forensic recovery of human remains

Lab Technician

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences- Raleigh, NC- (2013-2015); Volunteer

§  Separated dinosaur fossils from field jackets and matrix using air scribes

§  Cleaned small matrix deposits on fossils with air abraders

§  Preservation of fossils using various adhesives

§  Assisted in public outreach


The Art Den- Newbury Park, CA (207-2009)

§  Instructed students in drawing and painting skills

§  Designed advertisements for the studio

§  Assisted in public outreach

Article Reviewer- (2017-present)

Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Medicine, Science and the Law



Skeletal Biology in the Carolinas conference- 2018

Using Dental Metric Analysis to Understand Prehistoric Population Variability on the North Carolina Coastal Plain

Association of American Physical Anthropologists- 2018

Dental Metric Analysis and Population Variability on the North Carolina Coastal Plain

Research and Creative Achievement Week (RCAW)- 2018

Understanding Prehistoric Population Variability on the North Carolina Coastal Plain using Odontometrics


Professional Organizations

Register of Professional Archaeologists

Society for American Archaeology



The Grover and Jessie Rodgers Scholarship in Archaeology

The Arts and Sciences Scholarship

Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society

Dean’s List- East Carolina University, Moorpark College, CSU Channel Islands


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