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Kelly Higgins

Archaeologist, M.A.

Summary

A highly driven individual with experience in all phases of archaeological survey, artifact cataloging, and geophysical survey. I enjoy challenging myself and am continuously striving to improve my expertise in archaeology. I am now seeking admittance to the Council of South Carolina Professional Archaeologists, which will expand  my network of professional contacts and enhance my knowledge of archaeology in South Carolina.

Work experience

May 2016Current

Staff Scientist

Terracon Consultants, Inc.

- Prepare reports, conduct archaeological field evaluations, and perform National Register evaluations for archaeological sites

- Conduct Phase I Surveys, Phase II Evaluative Testing, and Phase III Data Recovery excavations across the eastern United States. 

Feb 2016May 2016

Crew Chief

Terracon Consultants, Inc.

- 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.

Education

20112012

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.

20102011

Archaeology Coursework Completed

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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

20062010

Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology with a Concentration in Bioarchaeology 

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

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.

Affiliations and Professional Training

- Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Board Member at Large

- OSHA 10-hr. Construction Awareness Training

-CPR and First Aid Certified

Technical Reports

2018     Kelly Higgins. Cultural Resources Identification Survey of Approximately 93 Acres at the Connexial Center Industrial Park, Laurens County, South Carolina. 

2018     Kelly Higgins and Shelby Linck. Cultural Resources Reconnaissance Survey of Approximately 69 Acres at the Industrial Park Road Solar Project, Newberry County, South Carolina. 

2018     Kelly Higgins, Shelby Linck, and William Green. Phase I Cultural Resources Survey of Approximately 161 Acres at the Proposed Westmoreland Solar Project, Westmoreland County, Virginia. 

2018     Kelly Higgins and Shelby Linck. Cultural Resources Investigations of Approximately 410 Acres at the Seabrook Solar Project- Essex Property, Beaufort County, South Carolina

2018     Kelly Higgins, Shelby Linck, and William Green. Phase II Testing of Archaeological Site 38BK1911 at the Salisbury Property, Berkeley County, South Carolina.

2018     Kelly Higgins, Shelby Linck, and William Green. Cultural Resources Identification Survey of Approximately 320 Acres at the Mudville Site, Berkeley County, South Carolina.

2018     Kelly Higgins, Shelby Linck, and William Green. Phase I Cultural Resources Survey at the Midland-Wiregrass Solar Project, Dale County, Alabama.

2018     Kelly Higgins, Shelby Linck, and William Green. Cultural Resources Reconnaissance Survey of Approximately 1,109 Acres at the Proposed Silverstreet Solar Project, Newberry County, South Carolina.

2018     Kelly Higgins, Shelby Linck, and William Green. Cultural Resources Reconnaissance Survey of Approximately 1,086 Acres at the Proposed Summerton Solar Project, Clarendon County, South Carolina.

2017     Kelly Higgins , William Green, and Bruce Harvey. Phase I Archaeological Survey of SR 371/Post Road from SR 9/Atlanta Highway to SR 20/Canton Highway, Forsyth County, Georgia.

2017     Kelly Higgins and William Green. Phase I Archaeological Survey of Approximately 6.35 Miles along the Proposed LG&E Penile to Preston Pipeline, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

2017     William Green and Kelly Higgins. Phase I Archaeological Survey of Approximately 34 Acres Surrounding a Carolina Bay at the Proposed Palmetto Plains Solar Project. 

2017     Kelly Higgins, Bruce Harvey, and William Green. Cultural Resources Survey of Approximately 902 Acres at the Proposed Big Cowhead Solar Project, Greenwood County, South Carolina.

2016     Kelly Higgins and William Green. Phase I Cultural Resources Survey of Approximately 3.26 Miles along the Proposed Mogul Wastewater Line, Laurens County, South Carolina

2016     Kelly Higgins and William Green. Cultural Resources Reconnaissance Survey of Approximately 170 Acres at the Old Gilliard Road Borrow Pit Site, Berkeley County, South Carolina.

2016     Kelly Higgins and William Green. Phase I Cultural Resources Survey of Approximately 3,500 Linear Feet at the Proposed Peppertree Trunk Sewer System Improvements, Greenville County, South Carolina.