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Dessa Lightfoot

Email: [[e|deligh]]
Year entered: 2005
Degree sought: PhD


Dessa Lightfoot received her B.A. in english and textual studies with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in anthropology from Syracuse University in 2001. Dessa graduated with her M.A. in anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from the University of New Mexico in 2004. From 2004 to 2005 Dessa worked for the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy in Davie, FL. Dessa has been at the College of William and Mary since 2005, working on her PhD in historical archaeology with a focus on zooarchaeology and British Colonial foodways. Dessa is focusing on the relationship between printed cookery books and colonial foodways as one way to discuss culture continuity and change in colonial situations. Dessa has worked as a museum docent and educator at the South Florida Museum of Natural History in Dania Beach Fl; an emergency museum conservator for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM; a field technician, reports writer, and collections assistant for The Archaeological and Historical Conservancy in Davie, Fl; a teaching assistant for the Wren Garden Archaeological Field School for Colonial Williamsburg; and a historical interpreter for Jamestown Settlement. Dessa’s interests include foodways and food writing; faunal analysis of domestic animals; experimental archaeology; interpretations of daily life, archaeological theory with a specific focus on feminism, structuralism, semiotics, and economic and materialist theories of cuisine; public archaeology; and archaeological ethics.