Archaeologist - specialized in building archaeology

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT : Permanent contract
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND : Master or PhD in Archaeology (minimum 5 years of professionally-oriented experience abroad)
SALARY : based on experience
TO APPLY : Please send a CV and a cover letter of 1000 words max. before September, 1st, 2021 via email with « MuDUD Candidacy – GIS Administrator Position » as the object of the email to these 4 addresses:,,,

In order to evaluate your experience and abilities you are invited to join a field report and/or an article representative of your work.

As part of the « Historical Investigation of Al-Ula Old Town — Multiscalar Documentation for Urban Dynamics » or MuDUD project, coordinated and funded by AFALULA (Agence française pour le développement d’AlUla) in partnership with the RCU (Royal Commission for AlUla), Archaïos is recruiting a Building Archaeologist to study the Old Town of AlUla, in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

As a multi-year project implemented by Archaïos and under the leadership of Dr. Apolline Vernet, the Project Director, since early 2021, the MuDUD Project wishes, through a multidisciplinary approach, to apprehend the history of the Old Town of AlUla.

Working within an international team of experts, the Building Archaeologist is under the supervision of the Project Director and the Head of the ‘Building Archaeology’ Research Department, in collaboration with the Project Manager. The Building Archaeologist will be asked to come to AlUla Old Town (Saudi Arabia) several times a year for
2-months field missions. Between each mission, they will be working either in Paris, at the Archaïos office, or
remotely, depending on their place of residence.


Under the supervision of the Head of the ‘Building Archaeology’ Research Department, the Building
Archaeologist is, in the field, in charge of :
• Planning the fieldwork in coordination with the topographer and photogrammetrist of the project
• The study and analysis of construction techniques, with special attention to the functional and formal elements
• The stratigraphic reading of the elevations and the making of the corresponding Harris’ matrixes
• The organization of the field documentation, the photographs, the drawings and the sketches
• Registering the field data in the project’s database
• Working in close collaboration with the different specialists intervening in the Building Archaeology Research Department (in regards to mortar analyses, stone-cutting, etc.)
• Respecting the analysis schedules imposed by the project
• Adapting their methodology to the specificities and constraints of the field.

In addition to their field responsibilities and activities, the Building Archaeologist will be required to:
• Produce the documentation necessary to the understanding of the field (creating plans, graphics, interpretative pictures, etc.) following the project’s graphic chart guidelines
• Edit the graphic documentation from the field and vectorize it for the project’s GIS
• Work in collaboration with the other Research Departments of the project: ‘Data Management’, ‘Architecture’, and ‘Abandonment Archaeology’
• Prepare and write, in English, regular reports of the activities in the field
• Demonstrate scientific rigor in the field reports, written in English
• Participate in the publication of the annual reports
• Attend field team meetings and project meetings
• Be a source of proposals and initiatives in the ‘Building Archaeology’ Research Department, and in the project as a whole


Member of the ‘Building Archaeology’ Research Department, the Building Archaeologist will actively participate in the smooth running of the MuDUD project as a whole, through true collegiality. A previous experience in urban building archaeology projects, in heritage building restauration projects, in excavations and recording of built environment is highly desired.

The Building Archaeologist must have the following qualities:
• Good adaptability to fieldwork in difficult climate conditions (hot and arid)
• Ability to anticipate needs
• Capability to work in urgency and under tight deadlines when the situation arises
• Good at prioritizing tasks
• Diplomacy and discretion
• Resourcefulness and versatility
• Flexibility
• Knowing how to keep it cool in all circumstances, and being resistant to stress
• Being able to work in an intercultural environment
• Having at least a B1 level in English
• Knowing and speaking a little Arabic would be a real plus
• International Driver’s license (desired)

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