Topic ID #41179 - posted 6/17/2019 11:29 AM

MA, archaeo-geophysical survey


Allan Wolfrum, M.A.

18 Catherine Street, St. John’s, NL, A1C 2R3



2019                M.A. Archaeology - Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

2014                B.A. Anthropology (Distinction) - University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota



August 2017 – Present: Master’s Candidate in Archaeology  (Teaching/Research Assistant)

St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada)

·       Coordinate logistics: budget/housing/travel/schedule for 8-week archaeo-geophysical project

·       Supervise up to 6 volunteers during survey, excavation & collection of C14 samples

·       Write technical reports to provincial and indigenous government standards

·       Create original lecture material for undergraduate level archaeological science courses

·       Adjust teaching style to accommodate wide range of education/experience levels


March 2016 – August 2017: NPS Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) Archeology Technician

Lincoln, Nebraska

·       Perform geophysical surveys using Noggins and GeoScan GPR and Bartlington Dual Gradiometer

·       Conduct pedestrian survey/mapping using compass and Trimble 7x handheld units

·       Conduct metal detector survey using Fisher, Minelab, and Garret model metal detectors

·       Clean, catalog, identify, and research artifacts as needed for report preparation

·       Work alongside volunteers and tribal entities to pursue research across Midwest (13 states)

January 2016 – March 2016: NPS Archeology Intern, Virgin Islands National Park

St. John, Virgin Islands

·       Conducted pedestrian survey of prehistoric and historic sites, documenting artifacts using Trimble GeoXH 6000, TerraSync, and Nikon digital camera.

·       Conducted maritime survey using snorkel and fins to locate and assess a submerged prehistoric site and collect human remains and artifacts.

·       Processed Trimble data using Pathfinder Office and ArcGIS 10.1 to create differentially corrected shapefiles and maps.

·       Analyzed prehistoric ceramics and stone artifacts in a public museum space to allow direct visitor interaction and engagement.

July 2015 – January 2016: NPS Archeology Technician, Fort Stanwix National Monument

Rome, New York

·       Operation of Sound Penetrating Radar (SPR) and subsequent data analysis.

·       Monitoring of museum environments using data-logging software to ensure proper temperature and relative humidity levels.

·       Cataloging of artifacts using ICMS Re:discovery database systems

·       Monitoring of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities in museum and workspace areas.

·       Assists with public programming and social media development using Facebook.


Oct. 2014 – July 2015: AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)

Denver, Colorado (Southwest Region Headquarters)

·       Performed historic preservation renovations on Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo, Texas.

·       Conducted GIS data collection on Navajo Nation, utilizing aerial photographs and compass for rugged terrain navigation and orienteering in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

·       Operated a chainsaw for hiking trail construction and maintenance; felling, limbing and bucking pine and cedars in Junction City, Kansas.

·       Operated a forklift during the operation of a disaster-relief donation center after extensive flooding in San Marcos, Texas.


May – August 2014: Volunteer Coordinator, Museum of Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

·       Accounted for up to ten archaeology volunteers during field and lab work in addition to planning meals, purchasing food, and driving team where needed in 12 passenger van.

·   Maintained calm, patient demeanor while teaching museum standard field and lab techniques and procedures to volunteers and public.

·       Resolved personnel issues between volunteers and communicated all concerns to appropriate superiors.

·       Excavated historic plains settler and prehistoric faunal remains.


Jan. – May 2014: Lab Intern, University of Minnesota Archaeology Lab

Minneapolis, Minnesota

·       Created a Microsoft Access Database for unprovenienced lithic materials incorporating faculty desires for categorical distinctions and typologies.

·       Digitized over 500 accessions into new database using archives and cross-referenced independent research.

·       Compiled a report detailing works accomplished and recommendations for future research to department members.

·       Acquired basics of lithic tool identification and popular conventions regarding typologies.


June – Aug. 2013: Field/Lab Volunteer, Museum of Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

·       Excavated and documented both historic (1880-1925) settler and prehistoric (Folsom, Clovis) artifacts and features to exacting museum standards.

·       Operated Trimble R8 GPS unit during pedestrian survey to identify and map sites and artifact assemblages.

·       Operated Sokkia Total Station to determine precise location of test units and accurately map by hand a 3x7 meter stratigraphic type wall.

·       Applied museum collections management policy to artifacts by creating archival boxes, labeling with B-72, and digitizing records.


May – June 2013: Geophysical Survey Volunteer, University of Minnesota

Wadena, Minnesota

·       Operated Ground Penetrating Radar and Electric Resistivity units to determine extent of French trade post site (1790)

·       Collected dendrochronology and C14 samples for independent laboratory analysis.


June – July 2012: Archaeology Field School, University of Minnesota

Wadena, Minnesota

·       Coordinated with Wadena Historical Society to set up tours for elderly citizens in the community.

·       Used wet/dry screens and flotation samples to accurately determine artifact density, documenting flora, fauna, and historic artifacts.

·       Became familiar with Munsell color charts and profile/base mapping in test units containing hearths and numerous stones/bricks.

Department of Interior Trainings:

·       NAGPRA in the National Parks

·       Managing Archaeological Collections

·       Safeguarding DOI Collections

·       National Park Service Integrated Pest Management


·      Wilderness and Remote Settings First Aid/AED/CPR Level C



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