Principal Investigator & Senior Archaeologist, Longwood Institute of Archaeology
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Longwood College in 2000 and began my career as a “paid” archaeologist on Phase I, II, and III archeological investigations in the southeastern United States. Wild pigs, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, alligators, and black bears (and an empty checking account) convinced me that it would be a good idea to continue my education if I had any desire to continue in the field, and from 2001 to 2002 I pursued a M.A. in Field and Analytical Techniques in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, under Dr. Peter Drewett. Upon completion of coursework in September 2002, I began work as a field supervisor on a four-year CRM project in southern Delaware and eventually became a Principal Investigator with the firm. With the passing of the owner in 2005 and the following recession, I moved back to Virginia and worked as a freelance CRM archaeologist for firms in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware before landing my current position with Thunderbird Archeology in March of 2011.
During my career as an archaeologist, I have worked for R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates, Browning and Associates, Heite Consulting, Cultural Site Research and Management, Advantage Environmental Consultants, and am currently employed with Thunderbird Archeology. I am experienced in all phases of archaeological investigation; analysis of prehistoric and historical artifact assemblages; the preparation of cost proposals, technical reports, and public summaries; and coordination of on-site meetings with clients, State and Local representatives, and the interested public. In my experience, the education I received at Longwood far surpassed that of my colleagues, and the solid foundation in anthropological and archaeological studies it provided has allowed me to quickly advance within all firms for which I have worked.
My interest in archaeology began when I found my first “arrowhead” while building forts in the woods behind my parents house, but it wasn’t until I became an Anthropology major at Longwood College that I developed a lasting appreciation for culture, as manifested in ethnographic accounts, historic documents, and the archaeological record. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Jordan, Dr. Dalton, Dr. Bates, and Dr. Drewett for providing me with the education and experience to turn something I love into something that I get to do everyday. I still get just as excited when I uncover an artifact and love piecing together the stories of those who walked before us through archaeological excavations and documentary research. To me, “archaeology is still the most fun you can have with your pants on…And that’s the God’s truth”.