How the Program Works
The Basic or first level is divided into three categories: Provisional Site Surveyor, Provisional Crew Member, and Provisional Lab Technician. Each category requires one seminar and some hands-on requirements. The individual learns basic techniques and is closely supervised. All three categories should be completed before moving to the next level of training.
The second level is also divided into three categories: Certified Site Surveyor, Certified Crew Member, and Certified Lab Technician. This level provides considerably more training in fieldwork or labwork and requires several topical seminars. By the time these certificates are awarded, the individual works under loose guidance and can supervise other workers.
The third level is a single category of Certified Archeological Technician. This is awarded when all six previous categories have been completed, and this award constitutes graduation from the program. The Field Archeologist certificate is awarded to participants wishing to make further contributions by carrying out an independent research project and having an article or larger manuscript published. These projects are designed in consultation with Survey Archeologists.