Lithics Specialist

By 10/02/2021Jobs

PCA is one of the UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists.

We are currently looking for a lithics specialist to join our existing specialist team to assist with a backlog of analysis, reporting and publication work as well as our future work programme. We are therefore seeking a specialist in the analysis of flint and stone tools. The main requirement of this post is an interest in and understanding of prehistory and lithic technology, preferably at an advanced level, although mentoring and training will be available if required.

All successful candidates will undergo a probationary 3-month period, after which, given satisfactory performance, they will be offered a permanent contract.

PCA follow all current guidelines regarding SOP and COVID19 and take the safety of our staff as paramount – advice is up to date with government guidance and site-specific RAMS are available.

Employee benefits:

  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • 30 days of annual leave (including bank holidays and 2 days for Christmas, if employed over the Christmas period), rising on service length
  • Flexible working, TOIL, possibility of work from home if eligible
  • Childcare vouchers, Christmas vouchers
  • H&S training relevant for your role will be provided and paid in full (CSCS, SSSTS, First Aid, etc.)
  • Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) subscriptions paid in full
  • Annual appraisal and progression opportunity
  • Company pension scheme
  • High quality PPE and site welfare provision– the safety of our staff always comes first
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid mileage if using own vehicle (subject to eligibility)
  • Driving time paid at 150% normal rate (when driving company vehicles outside of normal working hours)
  • £15 per night subsistence when working away from home (and high-quality accommodation provided)

About the job:

Location: Flexible across the UK, although proximity to one of the PCA offices would be advantageous. The successful applicant will report primarily to a management team based in the London office.

Working week: Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week, usually 8am – 4 pm

Salary range: £24,075.65 to £32,582.29 depending on location and experience.



  • Analysis, cataloguing and reporting on flint assemblages from evaluations and excavations up to publication level.

Essential requirements

  • Interest in stone tools and how their analysis assists in understanding prehistoric societies.
  • Familiarity with stone tool industries of the Holocene, from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age.
  • Familiarity with up-to-date recording systems, cataloguing and methods of analysis.
  • Degree in archaeology or a related subject.
  • An understanding of the operation of commercial archaeology within the UK.
  • Proven experience in producing archaeological reports, to at least assessment level.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.


  • Familiarity with stone tool industries of other periods, including the Palaeolithic and historic periods.
  • Knowledge of geographical information systems.
  • Willingness to provide advice on appropriate methodologies relating to the management and investigation of prehistoric sites.
  • Ability to provide advice on the interpretation of prehistoric archaeology to project managers, consultants and curators.
  • Experience in Pleistocene geoarchaeological recording and analysis.
  • Familiarity with completion of archaeological reports to publication standard.
  • A willingness to visit sites.

PCA is committed to a comprehensive equal opportunities policy in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities without regard to race, religion or belief, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. All applicants with the relevant qualifications and experience are welcome to apply for this opportunity. Please be advised that you must hold the right to work and live in the UK in order to apply for this job.

In accordance with our GDPR policy, we will not keep unsuccessful applicants’ details or CVs on our system, unless you expressly request that we do.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter to Victoria Ridgeway (Head of Post Excavation at PCA South) For more information please visit Closing date for applications 1 March 2021.

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