Fairhope, Alabama, United States
Bree Jaclyn: an adventurer, a soon to be archaeologist, and a hardworking shovelbum in the making. I am currently a senior at the University of West Florida majoring in Archaeology with an interest in both prehistoric/historic time periods. I plan on applying for graduate school at the University of West Florida in hopes to continue my ongoing research interests that started during my undergraduate career. Since relocating to Fairhope, Alabama, I have found an interest in the local history of the Eastern Mobile shoreline, focusing on its rich history in pottery and ceramics.
I also have an interest in prehistoric cultures, particularly those associated with the southeast. Having grown up in Georgia I have always been interested in Late Woodland/Early Mississippian settlement sites throughout the southeast including Georgia.
I broke ground doing actual archaeology for the first time in the summer of 2013 at my first field school at the University of West Florida, and have been hooked since. Our project during the summer of 2013 consisted of CRM-style Phase I survey on campus, focusing on areas of future development. We also investigated a possible protohistoric site found on the Eastern shoreline of Garcon Point, in Santa Rosa County, Florida.
Fascinated with all things archaeology, I have also had the opportunity to get my hands dirty working on numerous paleoarchaeology projects at Gainesville State College, located in north Georgia. It was here that I got to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on a rare find in the paleontologist world: a juvenile T-Rex named Tinker. I also learned that patience was important when being an archaeologist and I picked up some OCD tendencies when piecing together the jawbone of a Coelodonta antiquitatis, or a woolly rhinoceros.
My love for culture and history allows me to tell the stories of our past and is what motivates me to continue my studies in archaeology. I believe knowledge is the key to our future.