Job Opening: Lithic Analyst, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Central Illinois. Closes Mar. 2, 2017

02/20/2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), Prairie Research Institute (PRI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Lithic Analyst for its Central Illinois office located in Champaign, Illinois. This individual will work with the Special Projects Coordinator and other staff in conducting analysis of stone items from archaeological sites. Associated duties will include all aspects of lithic sample collection, identification, analysis, archaeological interpretation, report preparation, and curation.


The Lithic Analyst will perform the identification and recordation of chipped, groundstone, and mineral remains from archaeological sites, including the quantification of results and preparation of appropriate tables, analysis and interpretation of the archaeological significance of the lithic remains, and the preparation of lithic analysis reports as appropriate. Execute holistic spatial analysis incorporating vertical and horizontal distribution of diagnostic lithic artifacts. Maintain electronic and handwritten lithic laboratory databases, including but not limited to, a lithic lab project-tracking database, a raw material comparative collection database, an artifact type comparative collection database, and individual site assemblage lithic analysis database. Track samples through the analytical process by inventorying the movement of samples through the laboratory, maintaining electronic logs of individual site samples, and ensuring the analyzed samples are curated properly. Coordinate with archaeological researchers to facilitate specimen identification and interpretations, within the larger context of prehistoric and historic cultural manifestations recognized in the Eastern Woodlands region. Participate in Survey outreach activities for the general public, avocational societies, and school groups, and record and maintain artifact data collected from avocational collectors. Serve as liaison with other lithic specialists in the state and nationwide. Participate in regional conferences and organizations. Prepare scientific presentations on research activities and interests.


The successful candidate must have a B.A. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a closely related field, plus a minimum of 3 year’s experience conducting lithic investigations at prehistoric sites in the Eastern Woodlands cultural area. A detailed familiarity with the geological resources of Illinois, temporo-culturally diagnostic lithics, tool production technology, and usewear traits. A demonstrated ability to complete projects and reports in a timely and competent manner is required. Candidate should possess a detailed familiarity with lithic resources and technology of the Eastern Woodlands, and basic familiarity with lithic research protocols and agendas. Basic familiarity with all classes of material culture, feature types, and functions, and geomorphology is also required. Attention to detail, and effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and teamwork skills. Candidate should be proficient with commonly employed software and database programs. Ability to perform effectively in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, with minimal supervision. 

This is a full-time Academic Professional position. Salary is negotiable based on experience. Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after closing date. 

Please visit for more information, and to complete an online profile. For information regarding application procedures, you may contact Ms. Janice Pankey, <>. Individuals having questions concerning this position should contact Dr. Thomas Loebel, <>. To ensure full consideration, all requested information must be uploaded through the online system, and applications 

received by March 2, 2017. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity ( 

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