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Kelly Higgins

Archaeologist, MA


A highly driven individual with experience in geophysical survey, artifact cataloguing, and all phases of archaeological survey. I enjoy challenging myself and am continuously striving to improve my expertise in archaeology. I am now seeking a position that will enhance my technical writing skills, including report writing and research, while allowing me to utilize the skills I have already obtained throughout my career in both the field and the laboratory.

Work experience

Feb 2016Present

Archaeological Technician


- Phase III investigation of a multicomponent site.

- Fieldwork consists of large-scale unit excavation, surface collection, feature excavation, and artifact recovery.

Dec 2014Jan 2016

Field Technician

New South Associates

- Conducted Phase I survey for several projects consisting primarily of shovel test pits, pedestrian survey, and test unit excavations.

- Undertook geophysical survey by employing Bartington Magnetic Gradiometer and GSSI Ground Penetrating Radar.

- Utilized Trimble GPS unit to demarcate survey areas and indicate areas of particular interest.

Oct 2014Nov 2014

Archaeological Technician

TRC Solutions

- Conducted Phase I survey for a pipeline project consisting of shovel test pits, pedestrian survey, surface collection, and artifact recovery.

May 2014Oct 2014

Archaeological Technician

United States Forest Service

- Conducted Phase I and II surveys consisting of shovel test pits, pedestrian survey, test unit excavation, feature excavation, and artifact recovery.

- Utilized Trimble GPS units and consequently ESRI ArcGIS.

Jul 2013Nov 2013

Archaeological Technician

Stone Point Services

- Independently completed Site File Reviews and the site log.

- Operated with little to no direct supervision and no field colleagues.

- Conducted Phase I survey consisting of shovel test pits.

- Photographed the site, pertinent landforms, and artifacts as recovered.

Oct 2012Jan 2013

Archaeological Project Assistant

Essex County Council Field Archaeology Unit

- Excavated and recorded assigned features with little to no supervision.

- Cleaned, labelled, and catalogued cultural finds from the site.

Jul 2012Aug 2012

Assistant Trench Supervisor

Thornton Abbey Field School

- Directed trench excavation efforts and assisted the Trench Supervisor with management of undergraduate-level field technicians, cultural materials, and overall site records.

- Surveyed archaeological material and landscape using: GPS (Trimble), Resistivity, Total Station (manual and robotic), and Dumpy Levels.

Sep 2010Jun 2011

Archaeological Laboratory Volunteer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

- Assisted in creation of database for the Moundville site in Moundville, Alabama.

- Created spreadsheets for the database detailing the artifacts, scanned images, and burials discovered at Moundville, Alabama.



Master's Degree in General Archaeology

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

An intensive one year taught degree focused on exploring the diversity of human history on a global scale. Course research included analyzation and interpretation of artifacts, landscapes, architecture, texts, and various cultural and human remains.


Archaeology Coursework Completed

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Part-time postgraduate coursework completed in order to explore areas of archaeological interest and research. Additional volunteer work was completed at the archaeological lab.


Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology with a Concentration in Bioarchaeology 

North Carolina State University

A four year taught degree focused on obtaining general knowledge as well as more focused research in anthropology, archaeology, and bioarchaeology in particular. Course research included island archaeology, osteology, and environmental archaeology.


Lauren SoutherBioarchaeologist and Archaeologist                                       New South Associates

408-B Blandwood Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401               336-379-0433            [email protected]

Doug Sain, Staff Scientist, Natural/Cultural Resources                                      Terracon

                                                                                                           704-477-5240            [email protected]

Dr. Vin SteponaitisDirector, Research Laboratories of Archaeology          University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27599                                                               919-962-6575              [email protected]