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March 25, 2011

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Tera C. Pruitt

R sum

Address: Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States

Telephone: (UK) +44(0)795******* E-



New graduate with considerable volunteer, fieldwork and internship

experience. Specialist in cultural resource policy, public archaeology, and

management of cultural heritage. High degree of integrity and self-

discipline. A quick learner and always interested in building new skills.

Experienced communicator and team player. Proven success in meeting

deadlines, leadership, and supervising others.


University of Cambridge (Trinity College), Ph.D. (expected 2011).

Department of Archaeology. Thesis: "Authority and the Production of

Knowledge in Archaeology."

University of Cambridge (Trinity College), M.Phil. with Distinction,

awarded 2007.

Archaeological Heritage and Museums Studies. Thesis: "Addressing Invented

Heritage: The Case of the Bosnian Pyramids."

Rice University, Houston, TX. B.A. in Anthropology and English, magna cum

laude, awarded 2006, with special concentration in archaeological

illustration. C.D. Broad Scholar.

Barbers Hill High School, Mont Belvieu, Texas, Valedictorian. 2002.

Relevant Experience

Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Volunteer

Assistant in Collections. (2004-Present)

. Supervised Master's-level students for exhibition and archive research

for the "artifact biographies" project in the Museum Redevelopment

Project. (02/2010-Present)

. Conducted historical archive transcription for the Alfred C. Haddon

diary photography project. (11/2010-12/2010)

. Supervisor for the correspondence archive digitization project with the

National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).

Photographed, digitized, and managed archive artifacts. (10/2009-


. Exhibition and archive work with Scott Polar Research Institute for the

online 1934 Wordie Arctic Expedition exhibit

( (10/2006-03/2007)

. Archaeological permanent collections work - identification and packaging

of artifacts - and volunteer work for Big Draw community outreach

program, presenting knowledge to the public. (10/2006-12/2006)

. Assistant for the American ethnographic artifacts and textile

digitization project, which put museum textiles on the web. (10/2004-


Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, Volunteer. (2008 and 2011)

Surveyor for the Fitzwilliam Museum Marketing Department (02/2011).

Surveyor for the Greek/Roman Gallery Refurbishment Project with the

Collections Department (02/2008).

Teaching and Course Organization (University of Cambridge, 2008-2011)

Lecturer for the M.Phil. Archaeological Heritage and Museums course in

02/2008 and 02/2011 on public policy and cultural heritage management.

Supervisor in the Department of Archaeology (small group undergraduate

teaching) for core undergraduate Archaeology courses in 10/2008-06/2010.

First Aider/Trustee/Guest Lecturer for Archaeology undergraduate course

fieldtrip to Brittany, France, in 03/2010. Guest Lecturer for the Cambridge

Summer Discovery Programme: "Forensic Archaeology" course for summer high

school students in 07/2010.

Academic Web Design and Webmaster Experience (2003-2011)

Eleven web design and web mastering projects from 2003-Present. Recent

work: Cambridge Heritage Research Group

(, Access Cambridge Archaeology

(, Sport in Modern Europe (

Archaeological Review from Cambridge, General Editor. (04/2009-06/2010)

Committee chair and producer of the ARC, the 30-year-old postgraduate

journal. Oversaw the editing, design, production and marketing of the

journal to international subscribers. During my time as theme editor, the

journal generated the largest individual sales of any ARC volume to date

and inspired an increase in series subscriptions.

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas, Collections and Conservation

Intern (Rice University). (06/2004-09/2004)

Introduced to the management of databases and the presentation of knowledge

for public consumption. Learned conservation, inventory, research, and

permanent storage of American ethnographic and Pre-Columbian collections.

Archaeological Illustration: (Rice University, 2004): Produced computerized

and hand-drawn artifact illustration, level and strata charts, phase

drawings, graphs; supervised under Roderick McIntosh, Rice University, for

Jenne-Jeno archaeological site, Middle Niger. Some work published in R.

McIntosh, 2005, Ancient Middle Niger, Cambridge University Press.

International Fieldwork

atalh y k, Republic of Turkey (Stanford University project) (06/2009-


Ethnomethodological research and brief excavation experience, East Mound,

for PhD research on organizational authority, methodology and cultural

policy on an internationally recognized, multi-national collaborative

archaeological project.

Visoko and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (03/2007 and 06-08/2008)

Ethnographic research of 'The Bosnian Pyramids' alternative archaeology

site in Visoko for unprecedented research on popular archaeology. Produced

original research on cultural management policy in post-war Bosnia. Worked

with various levels of the public: general public, amateur archaeologists,

professional archaeologists.

"Storm Site," Wallisville, Texas (02/2003, 02/2004, and 2/2006)

Trench Supervisor: Student excavation with Sam Houston National Forest

Service and Rice University. Collaborative team effort to excavate a

Native American prehistoric site and contest the current understanding of

Texas soil stratigraphy.

Cambridge University Field School, Cambridge Fens (04/2005)

Participant in the Cambridge student archaeological excavation. Excavated

an Iron Age site in the United Kingdom.

"Storm Site," Wallisville, Texas (02/2004)

Trench Supervisor: Student excavation with Sam Houston National Forest

Service and Rice University. Learned leadership, management, and teaching

skills as a trench supervisor. Furthered competence in finds processing,

data processing, environmental sampling, and site report editing.

Palekaistro, Crete (05/2004-06/2004)

Field School with College Year at Athens program. Archaeological field

school at Minoan (prehistoric Greek) site. Gained experience in field

walking, conservation, plan and section drawing, and finds processing.

Achill Island, Ireland (06/2003-07/2003)

Achill Archaeological Field School. Excavation of a medieval village and

Neolithic tomb. Gained experience in surveying, photography, plan and

section drawing, surveying, finds processing, and excavation techniques.

"Storm Site West," Wallisville, Texas (02/2003)

Student archaeological excavation with Sam Houston National Forest Service

and Rice University. Learned basic excavation techniques, section drawing,

photography, post-excavation management.

Recent Publications and Papers

T. Pruitt. (forthcoming 2011). "Performance, Participation and Pyramids:

Addressing Meaning and Method Behind Alternative Archaeology in Visoko,

Bosnia", in A. Simandiraki and E. Stefanou (eds), 'From Archaeology to

Archaeologies: the 'Other' Past'. Oxford: Archaeopress.

"Some Are More Equal Than Others"?: Archaeological Access and the Politics

of Multivocal Interpretations" (09/2010)

(co-authored with Monique Boddington). European Association of

Archaeologists Conference 2010 - The Hague.

"A Journey through Performance and Practice: Exploring Methodology in

Qualitative Research" (04/2010)

Cambridge Heritage Research Group.

"Knowledge Production & Local Communities: Socio-politics and Alternative

Accounts of the Past" (04/2010)

Society for American Archaeology 2010 - St. Louis.

T. Pruitt & D. Yates (eds). April 2009. 'Invention and Reinvention:

Perceptions and Archaeological Practice'. "Archaeological Review from

Cambridge" 24.1.

Leadership and Management

Organizer: "Heritage and the Olympics" Conference. (04/2010)

Co-organizer of the 11th Cambridge Heritage Research Group Seminar.

Produced the call for papers; organized speakers, abstracts and conference

schedule with fellow organizers; designed the conference website.

General Editor: Archaeological Review from Cambridge. (04/2009-06/2010)

Committee chair and general editor for the ARC, a 30-year old postgraduate

journal of archaeological research.

Web Manager: "Sport in Modern Europe" Workshops. (2009-2010)

Non-attending manager of the Sport in Modern Europe website, and managed

papers from workshops. The Sport in Modern Europe Project is an AHRC-funded

and multi-university collaborative organization.

Web Manager: Heritage Research Group. (2/2009-04/2010)

In charge of the website and managed the society digital archives.

Secretary (and Society Founder): Archaeology Graduate Society, Cambridge.


Co-founder of the AGS, a social, support and networking society for

Cambridge postgraduates.

Web Officer: Cambridge Archaeological Field Club. (06/2008-05/2009)

Contributing committee member, IT manager and web manager of the AFC

undergraduate field club.

IT Manager: Archaeological Review from Cambridge. (10/2007-04/2009)

Committee member in charge of the website; managed the computing file space

and society digital archives.

Computer Manager: Rice University Marching Owl Band. (08/2004-05/2006)

Redeveloped the website, managed the IT file space.

Transferrable Skills Training

Introduction to Programming: University of Cambridge Computing Service IT

Training. (Forthcoming, April 2011)

GRADschool: University of Cambridge leadership and collaborative training

program. (Forthcoming, April 2011)

Wilderness Medical Training, (WMT): 'Far From Help' Course, Cambridge.

'Second-Aid' medical training (2010)

Certified First Aider, St. Johns Ambulance, Cambridge & Milton Keynes:

'First Aid in the Workplace'. (2009)

Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Cambg. Centre for Research in the

Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. (2008)

Advanced Web Authoring, University of Cambridge Computing Service IT

Training. (2008)

Bosnian Language Course, SOROS Syllabus Foreign Language School, Sarajevo,

Bosnia-Herzegovina. (2008)

Supervising Undergraduates and Small Group Teaching, University of

Cambridge. (2007)

Advanced Presentation Skills, University of Cambridge, Transferrable Skills

Course. (2007)

Professional Memberships

European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)

History of Archaeology Research Network (HARN)

Museums Association (United Kingdom)

Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Interests & Trivia

Extensive international traveler (28 countries and over 500 cities on five

continents). Studied Bosnian language in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

(2008). Certified First Aider with Wilderness Medical Training (2010) and

St. John's Ambulance (2009). Volunteer with Rice University Admissions

(2006-Present). Volunteer in the Amnesty International Bookshop, Cambridge

(2009). Published poetry featured by the National Society of Collegiate

Scholars (2003). Trumpet player and pianist. Marathon runner and

Cambridge championship rower (with Trinity College).

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