The Headley Trust, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and the Norfolk County Council Environment Service have created an exciting opportunity to complete a 12-month internship with the Norfolk Finds Identification and Recording Team.
The Norfolk Finds Identification and Recording Team has been liaising with metal-detectorists since the 1970’s, creating an unparalleled volume of data on portable objects which is unsurpassed in its breadth and depth of detail. Working in conjunction with the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and the HER, the team records over 15,000 archaeological objects every year and deposits the resulting data both with the HER and the PAS.
You will assist the Norfolk Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) with identifying, recording, and photographing finds reported by metal-detectorists and other finders throughout the county. You will support members of the Identification and Recording Team at metal-detecting clubs, shadow experienced staff when interacting with independent finders and general enquiries and assist with outreach events as well as training and supervising volunteers. You will also assist the Historic Environment Record staff, shadowing HER Officers importing data created by the Identification and Recording team and completing a small digitisation project related to legacy find records from the PAS, the Norfolk Finds Identification and Recording Service, and the Norfolk Museum Service.
The internship will culminate in leading on a project to create a suite of resources, including web pages, leaflets, information panels, and presentations, which will form the backbone of a campaign to inform Norfolk residents and visitors about archaeological discoveries, the importance of reporting and recording them, and the laws that surround them. Particular emphasis will be placed on remains on Norfolk’s beaches, particularly those revealed by coastal erosion.
About you: You will have a degree in archaeology or a related discipline, previous experience of working with archaeological objects and computerised databases or Microsoft Excel, and a keen interest in British archaeology. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are a must.
Previous experience of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and awareness of contemporary issues relating to metal-detecting and archaeology are an advantage but not essential. A full driving licence would be an advantage.
For further information about the work undertaken visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/HistoricEnvironment
For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please contact either Steven Ashley (Historic Environment Team Leader – Finds) on 01362 869 295 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Adrian Marsden (Numismatist) on 01603 493 647 or Adrian.email@example.com or Heather Hamilton (Historic Environment Team Leader – Records) on 01362 869 282 or firstname.lastname@example.org