Lead Archaeological Objects Conservator

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Palace of Nestor Excavations
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Friday, 16 April, 2021 - 23:00

Contract: June 1 – November 30, 2021, with possibility of annual renewal

The Palace of Nestor Excavation Project seeks a full-time objects conservator as independent contractor for immediate hire, to work in Pylos, Greece. The Palace of Nestor Excavation is an ongoing archaeological dig sponsored by the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, that operates in Southwestern Greece. The Palace of Nestor is a Late Bronze Age (Mycenaean) site located near modern-day Pylos. In 2015 the team uncovered the unlooted grave of a Mycenaean warrior known as the Griffin Warrior (www.griffinwarrior.org). In 2018 the team began the excavation of two monumental beehive tombs (tholos tombs), which is still in progress.

The lead conservator manages the conservation laboratory for the Palace of Nestor excavations and, after consultation with project directors, carries out the examination, research and treatment of objects associated with the dig. Tasks include, but are not limited to, conservation, photography, and documentation of archaeological finds; on-site object conservation as needed; supervision of visiting conservators, interns and students; operation of a digital x-radiography machine; managing and stocking the conservation laboratory; and overseeing the storage and packaging of objects.

The lead conservator reports to the co-director of the project, Sharon Stocker (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Stocker).

Experience with archaeological conservation and excavation
Experience conserving metals, ivory and bone, ceramics, and wall-paintings
Good English written and verbal communication skills
Computer skills
Familiarity with scientific instrumentation
Experience with removal of objects from archaeological contexts
Ability to work independently and in a group

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $25,000; in addition, the conservator receives housing in an apartment in Pylos, many meals, and use of an automobile for local transport.

MS or MA in Conservation and a minimum of one year of experience in objects conservation

To Apply:
Please submit the following items:
Current curriculum vitae
Statement of Interest
Graduate transcript (unofficial okay)
One reference and contact information for a second

Complete applications should be sent as a PDF file to Sharon Stocker at sharon.stocker@uc.edu by or before April 16, 2021.