Michelle Salvato – Anthropology ’14

Salvato Michelle at Dovetail

GIS Technician/ Archaeological Lab Assistant
Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

I graduated from Longwood University in the Spring of 2014 with a BA in Anthropology.  I moved almost immediately to Fredericksburg, Virginia to start a new job as the archaeological lab assistant at Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, a full service cultural resource management firm which serves the Mid-Atlantic Region. Along with my lab work I began to help out with other departments of Dovetail, including the GIS staff, and I officially took on the title of GIS Technician just after my one year anniversary with the company.
On a day to day basis I help as the lab assistant by processing artifacts coming in from the field; I wash, catalog, tag, label, and prepare artifacts for delivery to their final repositories. As GIS Technician I help to produce maps and graphics for outgoing fieldwork as well as for final survey reports.   I greatly enjoy being able to split my time between two very different facets of the cultural resource world – the physical and the digital.
The knowledge I gained through my coursework while at Longwood, through the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeological Field School, and through the internships I took part in while a student helps me in my job everyday.  Drs. Bates, Jordan and Dalton’s lessons serve as a strong foundation for all of the new information I am learning in the professional world.

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