Mary Farrell – Anthropology ’09

Farrell Mary

Lab Supervisor – Longwood Institute of Archaeology

After graduating from Longwood, I received my M.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology concentration) from Ball State University. While earning my M.A., I served as a graduate assistant and supervisor in the Applied Anthropology Laboratories.

After leaving Ball State, I worked in Washington D.C. for a non-profit as a marketing associate.  The writing, research, speaking, and cognitive skills I learned at Longwood helped me to excel in a field (marketing) in which I had little experience.

In 2015, I joined the Longwood Institute of Archaeology as the lab supervisor. I am directly responsible for historic and prehistoric artifact collections, ensuring that lab methods satisfy all contractual obligations and Federal and State standards. I also aid in the production of technical reports, field investigations, and GIS strategies. I have co-directed Longwood University undergraduate field schools and continue to work with students.

The Longwood Anthropology program equipped me with a set of skills that allowed me to tackle jobs inside and outside the field of archaeology.  Longwood professors were invaluable in helping me achieve personal and career goals and inspired my return to the university.




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