Archaeological technician apprenticeship

Support archaeologists undertaking archaeological investigations

An archaeological technician provides support to archaeologists undertaking (usually commercially funded) archaeological investigation, which may include surveys, excavations and post-excavation analysis. Those working within archaeological investigation are responsible for the safe undertaking of surveys, excavations, analyses, publications and archiving in accordance with industry standards and guidelines. As an apprentice, you may work on site or in a laboratory. During the archaeological technician apprenticeship you’ll contribute to intrusive and non-intrusive archaeological investigation by assisting with manual excavation of archaeological deposits; assisting with the recovery of artefacts and environmental samples; assisting with data gathering tasks and site surveys; undertaking the processing of artefacts and soil samples; washing, labelling, bagging and cataloguing artefacts; processing and sorting environmental samples; data entry; and archiving of materials, records and digital data.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: History and geography

Entry requirements for the archaeological technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer but typically five GCSEs

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum

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