The Archaeological Technician will know and perceive:

Judgement and Ethics

The bounds of their very own understanding, skills and obligations, and find out how to apply inside them (K5)

Analysis and Analyse

The function and function of challenge particular Written Schemes of Investigations (WSIs) and Undertaking or Analysis Designs (K6)

Sources and kinds of current knowledge, together with information and collections held at museums, Historic England (HE) the Nationwide Monuments Report (NMR), native authority Historic Atmosphere Information (HERs), the Archaeology Information Service (ADS), native and nationwide libraries, the Atmosphere Company (K7)

The function and function of challenge particular finds and environmental specialist experiences and typescript archaeological investigation experiences (K4)

The basics of British archaeological apply and chronology, together with a broad understanding and recognition of archaeological web site varieties, durations, artefacts and ecofacts (K1)

Preserve Compliance

The basics of the related Well being and Security laws and building web site Well being & Security. For instance, this may increasingly embody gaining a related Development Expertise Certification Scheme (CSCS) qualification. (K2)

Find out how to recognise and report dangers. (K3)

Their Employer’s Well being and Security Coverage and Procedures and operational procedures, together with danger evaluation, technical manuals and recording programs, and the way these relate to trade Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) requirements, together with their Employer’s technical manuals, procedures and steerage for: fieldwork recording, survey, artefact and environmental pattern assortment and artefact/environmental pattern processing and archiving. (K8)

Plan and Put together for Work (K9)

How their work programme is set and to whom they report back to

Find out how to choose the suitable instruments and tools for the job

Find out how to determine milestones and targets

Perform work

Archaeological web site formation processes and  stratigraphy (evaluation of the order and place of layers of archaeological stays) (K10)

Find out how to determine and acquire (and shield) acceptable artefacts and environmental samples (K11)

Find out how to adapt procedures and practices to swimsuit completely different floor/soil/climate circumstances, archaeological supplies,  logistical and Consumer necessities (K12)

Find out how to document and retailer knowledge recovered from archaeological works, together with contextual knowledge, plan and digital knowledge, artefactual and ecofactual knowledge in accordance with the manuals, procedures and steerage of the Employer (K13)

Primary short-term artefact safety, stabilisation and storage ideas, such because the protected restoration and bagging of fragile artefacts, appropriate labelling of artefacts and samples, and making certain acceptable short-term storage and protected/safe transportation (K14)

Find out how to current and report outcomes, together with primary use of spreadsheets and databases (K15)

Find out how to put together themselves appropriately for work in a variety of environments and climate circumstances (K16)

Determine and reply to buyer/shopper wants (K17)

The place to seek out, and find out how to interpret, key project-specific documentation together with sampling methods and analysis aims

Find out how to entry their Employer’s technical manuals and steerage

Find out how to  preserve trustworthy and constructive colleague relationships

Their function within the context of the challenge or materials on which they’re working

Private/Skilled Growth (K18)

Find out how to develop a private motion plan for studying and self-development with practical however difficult aims

Find out how to choose and apply acceptable studying strategies and strategies

Find out how to determine private targets, expectations and priorities


The Archaeological Technician will have the ability to:

Judgement and Ethics

Apply an consciousness {of professional} judgement and moral behaviour (S8)

Analysis and Analyse

Analysis and assimilate acceptable background data, together with that from challenge particular Written Schemes of Investigation, archaeological archives and experiences, aerial photographic collections, LiDAR knowledge, and geophysical and topographic surveys and native and nationwide listings (S1)

Catalogue knowledge recovered from archaeological excavations, together with environmental and geological samples, artefacts and ecofacts (S2)

Preserve Compliance (S3)

Preserve their very own security, and that of others, by adhering to all relevant Well being and Security guidelines, insurance policies and procedures

Recognise and report dangers with the intention to cut back the chance of incidents

Conduct work in step with Employer’s and trade procedures and requirements, particularly the CIfA Requirements and Steerage for Archaeological Excavation, Watching Temporary, Analysis and Archives

Plan and Put together for Work (S4)

Set up the necessities upon them for forthcoming tasks, together with timescales, deadlines, work areas and supervisors

Estimate sources and choose acceptable tools, together with hand instruments, survey, recording and measuring tools, and artefact sampling, assortment packaging, labelling and processing tools

Perform work (S6)

Examine and perceive archaeological websites and heritage belongings

Recognise and have the ability to appropriately bundle and protect fragile materials proof of previous communities

Compile catalogues and databases of archaeological context information, samples and finds

Contribute to the preparation of archaeological web site archives and supplies for museum deposition

Perform work each indoors and outdoor in variable climate circumstances, all 12 months spherical

Determine and reply to buyer/shopper wants (S7)

Determine data required to attain analysis aims, as an example reference to challenge particular Written Schemes of Investigation for archaeological methods, and to acceptable printed regional, interval or topic analysis agendas

Observe appropriate procedures to entry and use data, together with Employer’s technical manuals, GIS programs and databases

Validate/consider accuracy of  data, together with proof studying of knowledge entry and experiences

Categorise and classify knowledge appropriately, together with creation of databases and stratigraphic matrices for archaeological excavations

Current and report knowledge utilizing subject information in acceptable kind for numerous audiences, together with plans, sections, pro-forma context recording sheets and databases

Private and Skilled Growth (S5)

Contribute to advances within the physique of information and Historic Atmosphere Observe

Decide to steady enchancment and private improvement


Archaeological Technicians can be anticipated to:


Take cheap take care of the well being and security of themselves and of others who could also be affected by their acts or omissions at work (B1)

Decide to high quality and their steady skilled improvement (B5)

Focus and take note of element (B4)

Work successfully individually and as a part of a group  (B2)

Be approachable and capable of talk with all ranges of their very own and different organisations, in addition to most people (B3)

Be delicate to and conscious of the cultural, historic and non secular context of objects and constructions (B6)

Extra Info


It is a Degree 3 Apprenticeship


The period for this apprenticeship is 12-18 months

Entry Necessities

While any entry necessities can be a matter for particular person employers, sometimes an apprentice may be anticipated to have already achieved 5 A* to C GCSEs on entry

Skilled registration

Completion of this customary will allow apprentices to register with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) at Practitioner degree


Prior to finish level evaluation there’s a requirement to attain Degree 2 in English and Maths. For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion, the apprenticeship English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3, and British Signal Language {qualifications} are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language. 


This Apprenticeship Commonplace can be reviewed after 3 years


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