Areas of Interest

Education

Master of Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.), University of Maryland, College Park. May 2008. Concentrations: Anthropology of Heritage, Historical Archaeology, Community-based Archaeology. Paul A. Shackel, advisor.

B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of History. May 2004. Minor in Anthropology.

Additional Training

Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice, April 2015–August 2016. Invited participant. Learned foundational programming and web development skills, developed and launched a cohesive digital archaeology project. Interviewed about the Institute on the ArchaeoTech podcast, September 2016.

National Preservation Institute Training, Section 106: An Introduction (2011), NAGPRA Essentials (2013), Archaeological Curation and Collections Management (2013), Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists (2013).

Self-Directed Training, Database Structure, SQL, Visual Basic, digital archives concepts and practices, Python, static sites, WordPress, GeoJSON, Leaflet.js (and other JavaScript), Regular Expressions, HTML, CSS, R, RStudio, Git, OpenRefine.

Current and Past Digital Projects

East End Cemetery Stories: In development, 2017. For several years, volunteers have been documenting and restoring neglected East End Cemetery in Richmond, one of several large and significant historic African American burial places. This website will be a place to present narratives of individuals and families buried here and allowing for community submissions. Project support provided by Dumbarton Oaks.

Virginia Archaeology for Everyone: A digital repository for archaeological media with a front-end WordPress interface including interactive Leaflet maps, connections to other data sources via API, and embedded tools to allow the public to explore texts and structured data. This is a proof-of-concept project. Virginia Archaeology for Everyone, documentation here and here.

Virginia Archaeology News on the Map: In development. A leaflet map that displays press coverage of archaeology in Virginia, georeferenced. This is a personal project under periodic development. The resulting map can help professionals understand how archaeology is presented in the media and also be a tool for public engagement, allowing users to explore geographically.

DHR Collections Inventory and Optical Coding Project: Data Matrix optical codes, comprehensive box inventory, and relational database (MS Access). 2017 phase integrates archaeological field records and creating collections with descriptive metadata.

Historic Resources Emergency Rapid Response Viewer: In development. An interactive, mobile-friendly map viewer using the Open Context API/Digital Index for North American Archaeology to provide presence/absence and contact information for state Historic Resources officials to emergency responders in the wake of natural disasters.

History Surrounds Us: An interactive compass exhibit for heritage organizations, made using MIT App Inventor and completed in 2015 with plans for rebuild. History Surrounds Us on GitHub

Professional Experience

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Develop strategy and implementation plan for preservation and management of digitized reports, photographs, and datasets in DHR's collections.
Implement projects including a comprehensive inventory of artifact collections and records, integrating information into relational databases and creating finding aids with integrated optical bar-codes.
Define a Climate Change Impact Area using GIS and develop a mechanism for prioritizing cultural resource survey activity within the area contributing to agency annual statistics.
Manage DHR’s database and archive of information related to nearly 43,000 archaeological sites, including GIS mapping and quality control of submissions.
Develop and enhance VCRIS (Virginia Cultural Resource Information System) as sole archaeologist member of the Core Working Group. June 2017: assume project management responsibilities and serve as point-of-contact technical communication with vendors, coordinating testing.
Serve on DHR’s National Register Evaluation Committee Archaeological Team to assess eligibility of sites in Virginia and conduct Section 106 review for archaeology related to Federal Communications Commission projects.
Serve on DHR's Collections Management Committee to make decisions on loans, develop policy, and improve workflows.
Manage user accounts in VCRIS, including the protection of sensitive locational data related to archaeological sites.
Work with other organizations on questions of large scale data and accessibility of archaeological data.
Provide technical assistance to members of the public regarding archaeological sites and historic cemetery documentation.
Plan and oversee budget as co-director of the Survey and Register Division, January-September, 2014.

Freelance Microsoft Access Database Development, 2015–Current.

Structure a complete relational databases for efficient artifact cataloging by multiple staff at private sector cultural resource management firms and academic archaeology departments. Needs met included flexibility for multi-state projects, data standardization, custom queries, and reports. Provided support and enhancements. Samples and references available upon request.

Administrative Assistant to Mark P. Leone, University of Maryland. June 2007–May, 2008.

Prepared and managed daily correspondence.
Delegated tasks to other Federal Work Study assistants.
Assisted in development of course materials and funding proposals.
Managed electronic archives of correspondence, course documents, archaeological materials, and media coverage.

Intern, Society for American Archaeology, Government Affairs Division. January 2008–May 2008.

Monitored Federal and state legislation regarding cultural resources.
Assisted in the compilation of a monthly legislative update.
Attended relevant Congressional committee and subcommittee meetings and hearings on issues related to cultural resources.
Compiled information for a database of state legislation related to archaeology.

Intern, Hampden Community Archaeology Project. June 2007–January 2008.

Planned and implemented oral history instruction curriculum for high school student fieldworkers.
Assisted in supervision of fieldwork at a 19th-century urban domestic site.
Assisted in excavation and mapping.
Conducted a community history workshop relating to archaeology and oral history in Baltimore.

Intern, National Park Service, National Heritage Areas Program. September 2006 – December 2006.

Created websites for National Heritage Area units.
Collected data about Heritage Areas for later reporting. Created web content for National Heritage Areas websites. Compiled monthly electronic newsletter.

Collections Technician, Virginia Department of Historic Resources. September 2005 – August 2006.

Streamlined DHR’s Archaeological Collections Database.
Assisted with the processing and maintenance of state archaeological collections, including artifact processing and cataloging.
Contributed to public education by participating in exhibit preparation and public interpretation.

Field Technician, Cultural Resources, Inc. May 2005 – December 2005, Gray & Pape. 2008.

Participated in excavations of Phase I, II, and III archaeological sites including several phase I surveys focusing primarily on prehistoric occupations (Middle Archaic to Late Woodland period), phase II work at a Late Archaic lithic reduction site and an 18th–20th -century plantation, phase III work at a 17th -century English settlement and several 19th -and early 20th -century cemeteries, including the removal of human remains. Assisted in technical report preparation, specifically with the preparation of maps and site forms for the State of Virginia.

VCU Intern Coordinator/Collections Technician, Virginia Commonwealth University in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. September 2004 – May 2005.

Supervised student interns in long-term collections management projects.
Assisted in developing syllabus for VCU’s Artifact Practicum course.
Developed guidelines for volunteer/intern work at DHR.
Developed large relational MS Access Database for cataloging extant and future VCU-owned artifacts and records.

Professional Affiliations

Notable Presentations and Publications

"Using the Digital Index of North American Archaeology for Rapid Disaster Response and Reporting," Keeping History Above Water, Annapolis, MD 2017 (upcoming) with Anderson, Kansa, Wells, and Yerka.

"Open-ish”: Finding Balance between Site Data Protection and Accessibility at the State Level," presented at the George Wright Society Annual Meeting. Norfolk, VA 2017.

Invited Panelist: Digital Data in the US and Canada, Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver 2017.

Invited Panelist: Government Data and Metadata Forum, Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver 2017.

"Other People’s Data: Practical Realities and Ethics of Preservation, Reuse, and Dissemination at a State Repository," presented at Critical Perspectives on the Practice of Digital Archaeology. Harvard University, February 2017.

Interview on Profiles in CRM Podcast, April 2016.

"Approaches to Openness: Digital Archaeology Data in Virginia and Public Engagement," presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Washington DC, January 2016.

"Scratching the Surface: Using GIS to Understand Richmond Archaeology," co-authored with Ellen Chapman. Presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Washington DC, January 2016.

“Extraordinary Claims: Belief, Respect, and the Scientific Method,” presented at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Ocean City, Maryland, March 2015.

Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology: Springer 2014. “Archaeological Archives.”

Colonial Williamsburg Past & Present Podcast: Cemetery Secrets: August 2012

“The Future of Historic Resources Data in Virginia: VCRIS” presented at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Virginia Beach, May 2013.

“A Southside Plantation: Archaeology of the Enslaved at the Walnut Valley Cabin (44SY0262), Surry County, Virginia” presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, January 2012.

“Introduction: From Theories of Culture to Theories of Community,” written with Robert Chidester and presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, January 2009.

“Buried History and Exposed Issues in Richmond, Virginia,” presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, January 2009.

“Oral History and Community Archaeology: Developing a Program in Hampden,” presented at “Sharing Authority: Building Community-University Alliances through Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Collaboration,” Concordia University, Montréal, QC, February 2008.

“Oral History and the Hampden Community Archaeology Project,” poster presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, January 2008.

Grants, Honors, and Awards