September 28, 2007

Marlon Obando Solano

1040 Wagner Ave Louisville, KY 40217 502 634 2109

Summary of Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in a diversity of archaeological research settings
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic project coordinator and leader
  • Experience in Cultural Resource Management
  • Specialized experience in archaeological topography and mapping


Bachelor’s of Arts in History and Archaeology, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua), 2004. Thesis: Topography in Archaeology

English as a Second Language, University of Louisville, 2005-2006

Specialized Coursework

  • Archaeological Topography training, practicum, and thesis
  • Restoration and conservation of archaeological artifacts
  • Regional and local history

Archaeology Research and Fieldwork Experience


Gray and Pape, I-69 Project Phase III Washington, Indiana, October 2007- December 2007


Gray and Pape, Dayton Project, Phase III, Dayton, Ohio, December 2007

Project Director, Archaeology Cultural Resource Management Plan for the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve

FUNDAR (Friends of the San Juan River), Nicaragua, 2004

  • Directed an intensive field work expeditions and archeological survey of Indio Maiz Biological Reserve
  • Authored Archaeological Resource Management Plan Proposal for Indio Maiz Reserve

Field School Technician

UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) and UNAN-Managua. Miraflor, Esteli, Nicaragua, 2001, 2002, 2003

  • Excavations on the Cebollal Arriba site, residential context
  • Ethno-archaeological documentation of basket making and ceramics
  • Restoration, flotation machine, ceramic analysis, lithic analysis morphology, fauna analysis

Field School Technician

UAB and UNAN-Managua, Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, 2002-2003

  • Surveying, excavations and topographic mapping of Carolina site, Kukra Hill
  • Ethno archaeological documentation of the formation of shell dumps. Observation and interviews with inhabitants of the coastal area
  • Community archeology education and appreciation workshops in public schools


Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Rivas, San Jorge, Nicaragua 2003

“Chronological implication for greater Nicoya from the Santa Isabel project, Rivas, Nicaragua”

  • Excavations in the pre-Columbian Santa Isabel site in Rivas, Nicaragua
  • Laboratory analysis of archaeological remains, ceramics, lithics, and soil samples

Field Survey Technician

Project director Manuel Roman Lacayo Anthropologist. Tisma, Masaya, Nicaragua, 2003

  • Intensive archaeological field survey in the Tisma municipality


UNAN Managua, MNA-65 site, Managua Nicaragua, 2001- 2002

  • Excavation of Site MNA-65 funeral context
  • Laboratory analysis of archaeological remains

Field Survey Technician

UNAN Managua, Archaeological Impact study of the Olympic Stadium construction, Managua Nicaragua, 2003

  • Field Survey of Olympic Stadium area

Intern and Technician

Nicaraguan Cultural Institute (INC), San Francisco Convent Granada, Nicaragua, 2002

· Inventory, classification, and documentation of pre-Columbian ceramics confiscated from an archaeological trafficker

Other Work Experience

Owner and Artist, Naturaleza al Descubierto, 2002-Present

  • Production, sales and marketing of handmade natural jewelry at art fairs and galleries
  • Facilitated jewelry workshops for youth groups, ages 6-14, 2005

Spanish Teacher, Los Monitos Spanish School, 2006-2007

  • Taught “Spanish through Music” Workshops to children using songs and games in Spanish to provide an engaging cross-cultural experience at multiple schools

Assistant to Manager, Mayan Café, January-July 2007

Interpreter and Facilitator, St. Williams/Esquipulas Parish Delegation, August 2006

  • Planned, accompanied, and provided cultural orientation and interpretation for organic farming and nutrition delegation to Nicaragua

Board Member, Esperanza en Acción Fair Trade Organization, 2006-Present

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Research, TopoCAL (topography program), AUTOCAD. Experienced with equipment such as Total Station, Theodolite, GPS System, digital photography.

Additional references available upon request. All references provided speak English.

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