Experimental Archaeologist, Butser Ancient Farm

Location:Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire Salary:£25,000 Main duties:

Key Duties:

  • Help to co-ordinate the experimental archaeological activities and projects at Butser Ancient Farm including research, practical construction and monitoring and recording of projects and experiments.
  • Liaise with academics, universities and archaeological organisations to further Butser Ancient Farm’s research and educational work and its wider impact on the archaeological community. Help to develop new partnership opportunities with relevant organisations.
  • Prepare and deliver site tours, lectures and presentations at conferences and other events to promote and share the work of Butser Ancient Farm.
  • Work with other staff to improve the site presentation of Butser Ancient Farm exploring new interpretive methods of telling our stories.
  • Write up and publish the results of the experiments and research conducted at Butser Ancient Farm in appropriate journals and for publication by Butser Education CIC.
  • Help to co-ordinate volunteers involved in our archaeological experiments including supporting student research and projects as required and working with external volunteer groups.
  • Help improve the archaeological understanding of Butser Ancient Farm amongst staff and volunteers through compiling relevant archaeological information and supporting staff training.
  • Help to provide archaeological guidance and direction for Butser Plus, our online video platform to share the work and activities at the farm through documentary style videos. Be a part of videos as and when required.
  • Represent Butser Ancient Farm as and when required in external media interviews and promotional opportunities about our archaeological work.
  • Undertake other duties as required to ensure the proper functioning of Butser Ancient Farm.
Interview date:05/10/2021 Closing date:19/09/2021 Job Description:

Job Title: Experimental Archaeologist

Salary: £25,000

Responsible to: Directors of Butser Education CIC

Start date: Immediate

Contract: Permanent (6 month probationary period)

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Closing date: Sunday 19th September

Interview date: Interviews will be held in person on Tuesday 5th or Wednesday 6th October but will be moved to zoom if necessary due to government guidelines.

 

Purpose of the role:

We are seeking an enthusiastic archaeologist to join our small team and be at the heart of everything that we do at Butser. Your focus will be on practically developing the experimental archaeological work and research conducted at Butser Ancient Farm and promoting the dissemination of information about our research and archaeological work. You’ll need a hands-on creative approach to problem solving and thrive in a busy and varied working environment where no two days are ever the same! Your enthusiasm for experimental archaeology and for developing wider understanding of the past will be infectious, and you will love sharing your knowledge about the past and the work of Butser Ancient Farm with a wider audience.

 

Key Duties:

  • Help to co-ordinate the experimental archaeological activities and projects at Butser Ancient Farm including research, practical construction and monitoring and recording of projects and experiments.
  • Liaise with academics, universities and archaeological organisations to further Butser Ancient Farm’s research and educational work and its wider impact on the archaeological community. Help to develop new partnership opportunities with relevant organisations.
  • Prepare and deliver site tours, lectures and presentations at conferences and other events to promote and share the work of Butser Ancient Farm.
  • Work with other staff to improve the site presentation of Butser Ancient Farm exploring new interpretive methods of telling our stories.
  • Write up and publish the results of the experiments and research conducted at Butser Ancient Farm in appropriate journals and for publication by Butser Education CIC.
  • Help to co-ordinate volunteers involved in our archaeological experiments including supporting student research and projects as required and working with external volunteer groups.
  • Help improve the archaeological understanding of Butser Ancient Farm amongst staff and volunteers through compiling relevant archaeological information and supporting staff training.
  • Help to provide archaeological guidance and direction for Butser Plus, our online video platform to share the work and activities at the farm through documentary style videos. Be a part of videos as and when required.
  • Represent Butser Ancient Farm as and when required in external media interviews and promotional opportunities about our archaeological work.
  • Undertake other duties as required to ensure the proper functioning of Butser Ancient Farm.

About you:

  • You will have a relevant archaeological degree and experience within a previous archaeological or heritage role, ideally with practical experience of experimental archaeology and an enthusiasm and knowledge for the time periods represented at Butser.
  • Ideally you will have working knowledge of traditional building techniques and a practical hands-on approach to construction or a willingness to learn on the job.
  • You will have a creative, collaborative, ‘can do’ attitude
  • You will be a good team player
  • You will have the ability to work independently and manage your own workload
  • You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and will be a confident communicator and public speaker.
  • You will be a creative problem solver and enjoy conceptualising new projects and bringing them into reality.
  • You will have experience working with external partners
  • You will have volunteer management experience
  • You will be computer literate and confident working with Microsoft 365 software.
  • You will have a Full UK driving licence and access to own vehicle due to the rural location of the farm.

About us:

Butser Ancient Farm is a leading centre for experimental archaeology and education and a not-for-profit community interest company. In 2022 we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary and as a research site we are constantly developing  and conducting ambitious new experiments and construction projects to bring the past to life. We work with a variety of research partners and organisations including UCL Institute of Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology and Operation Nightingale.

 

Our timeline of ancient buildings covers the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon periods and we work with an increasing number of partner organisations to interpret the latest archaeological discoveries and research and bring them to our audience of school groups and visitors.

 

In 2021 we also launched a new online offering to share and support our work, Butser Plus; through this we hope to reach more people and capture and record the unique projects and activities that take place at the farm. We are a small team where everyone gets involved and has a proactive hands-on approach to the past and to inspiring future generations about archaeology.

 

To apply please send a cv and cover letter to admin@butserancientfarm.co.uk

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