Meet the New Grad Students

New Grad Students
    There are ten new graduate students in the department this year; 6 masters students, two MA/PhD students, and two PhD students.  Haven't met them yet?  Don't worry, you're about to get a little insight into who they are.  This introduction is not a focus on the technical information that got everyone into the program, but a real glimpse into people's stories and personalities.  So for anyone who has been curious about who the 2010 group really is, here's your chance to read all about them.

S. BergmanStephanie Bergman- PhD student
I completed my MA in Historical Archaeology from William and Mary prior to being admitted into the PhD program.  My current interests include the anthropology of development, the archaeology of labor, and the social and historic origins of conflict over land rights and reform by diasporic communities. My dissertation work focuses on social identities (race, class, gender) and rural lifeways in the Caribbean through the examination of material changes manifested in the built environment in relation to local, symbolic, and cultural understandings of land and house ownership in response to the emergence and influence of capitalism.
A. RichardsonAdam Richardson-MA student
I became interested in archaeology early in my undergraduate career. After working on a 19th century enslaved African-American cemetery, I began participating in other archaeological digs and projects in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and Northwestern North Carolina. I chose William and Mary because of its focus on historical archaeology on the Caribbean and Southeastern Virginia. This focus, combined with a good location and interesting courses, influenced my choice to relocate across the Commonwealth.
S. ByrdSarah Byrd- MA student
One of my favorite field experiences was this past spring working on a Civil War prison site.  I helped with an educational program that invited students grades 5th through 12th to come out and do archaeology for a day.  Teaching the kids how to dig and screen was quite challenging and frustrating, but also very rewarding.  The excitement each kid had upon finding their first artifact reminded me daily why I enjoy doing archaeology.
E. SiedowErik Siedow -MA student
As an undergrad at William & Mary I was initially determined to become a pharmacist; but after a few anthropology courses and a field school summer in Barbados, I traded in dreams of a white lab coat for a dirty t-shirt and a horrendous farmer's tan.  I entered the masters program for a multitude of reasons:  there were courses with professors that I had not yet taken, I already had a research project set up, and perhaps most importantly, I had a job.  I believe in archaeology because as a discipline and skill, it has the ability to contribute to lost or underrepresented histories of people.  Fortunately, the Caribbean offers fascinating histories, rich cultures, and magnificent archaeological sites void of the ticks and chiggers found in the Chesapeake.
E. ChapmanEllen Chapman-PhD student
My first experience with archaeology was when I was 9 and went on a class trip to Monticello. I got through the hands-on activity of making 18th century marbled paper, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but then I promptly threw up. Somehow it didn't put me off. I did my field school at Castell Henllys (an Iron Age hillfort in Pembrokeshire, Wales) under Harold Mytum, who was then at York University. It prepared me well for contract archaeology since the acidic Welsh soil meant the only things we found were bits of poor-quality Samian and quernstone. I'm married to Elliott Jones, also an archaeologist, and we recently reacquired two elderly chinchillas from my parents. When I'm not working I row for the Williamsburg Boat Club, watch The Daily Show, and try to make my basement less scary.
M. VictorMegan Victor- MA/PhD student
I first decided to study piracy after a trip to Charleston and the Outer Banks; it was this trip that made me realize that archaeology could and would be my future field of study. Both Charleston and the Outer Banks were famous haunts where pirates were known to frequent; after attending several museums on these larger-than-life figures, I realized that I truly wanted to pursue their archaeology and history and the way in which they affected the greater Atlantic World. The trip ended with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg and it was here that I announced that I would study the archaeology of Piracy. Three years later, I am now pursuing my academic interests in that very same location.
A. JohnsonAmanda Johnson- MA/PhD student
I've always been in love with history, which is why I attended William and Mary's NIAHD summer program in high school, where I got my first taste of archaeology. But it was not until college and my Archaeology 101 class that I realized that I wanted to be an archaeologist. For my field school, I worked at a medieval Irish site and, on weekends, I would go on hill walks around the country side; it was on these walks that I stumbled across the ruins of famine houses and since then I've been obsessed with issues of the Irish Diaspora. So five years after first becoming interested in archaeology, I'm back at William and Mary to study the17th century Irish Diaspora in the Caribbean.
K. WalterKelly Walter-MA student
I have always been interested in how various communities engage with archaeology, and how archaeology can remain relevant by reaching out to and engaging the public. I think that while archeology is in a position to assist these communities with its knowledge of method and interpretation, these groups have the potential to contribute their own ways of knowing and research questions to the discipline. My interest in pursuing archaeology as a field of study was solidified when I attended my first dig, as a volunteer, and saw the positive interaction and knowledge building that occurred when people from all backgrounds collaborated on common goals.
T. LittleTiffany Little- MA student
I am a native of eastern Kentucky and grew up as the sixth generation on the family farm. I am more than a little obsessed with spinning yarn and knitting and can usually be found doing one of these two things. I have also been participating in historical reenacting with my family for my entire life. I spent my first day in the field recovering from a stomach virus and managed to sleep for over an hour in the middle of an ancient fortified village. The rest of the field school was spent either in the lab waiting for the rain to end, or emptying all the water out of the units with cups and sponges.
M. WernerMax Werner- MA student
After completing Introduction to Archaeology during the summer before my senior year at William & Mary, I realized my interest in Anthropology. I only enrolled in Anthropology courses the following year and completed my degree in the spring. Choosing William & Mary for graduate school was easy due to my familiarity with the department and encouragement from Dr. Bowen and Dr. Brown throughout the application process.