I obtained my BA in Anthropology and Classics (with emphasis in Classical Culture and Greek) from the University of Georgia in 2018. In my undergraduate studies, I specialized in archaeology with a focus in bioarchaeology. Through UGA I earned a Certificate in the Archaeological Sciences and I had the opportunity to attend a NSF-REU program based in Sicily where I studied human remains from the Greek colony of Himera. My research project there was focused on assessing locality status of 24 individuals, who were buried in two distinct traditions, using strontium isotope analysis. We applied the data gained to determine that there was not a statistically significant correlation between locality status and burial style.
After I graduated, I spent two years working professionally as an archaeological field/laboratory technician at a cultural resource management (CRM) firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia. I participated in many Phase I archaeological surveys (as well as two Phase II surveys), the most noteworthy of which was a project conducted in collaboration with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. As a result of my time in CRM, I gained knowledge about the laws governing archaeological practice, artifact analysis, curation, excavation techniques, and the authorship of professional archaeological reports.
This fall (2020), I am returning to UGA in order to pursue a doctoral degree in Anthropology, specializing in the bioarchaeology of Greek and Roman colonies. I intend to investigate the tangible effects of varying colonial practices on the health of population(s) at a site in modern-day Albania. Under the guidance of Dr. Laurie Reitsema, I will contextualize the data produced through bioarchaeological methodologies, particularly isotopic analysis and paleopathology, with the evidence available from extant primary sources and material culture in order to come to a more holistic understanding of colonial practices in the ancient Mediterranean.