Ms. Davenport holds a B.A. in history from Mary Washington College, and has extensive experience in the laboratory analysis and cataloguing of artifacts, particularly the material culture of colonial America. Highlights include large data recovery collections from colonial-period sites in Hampton, Hopewell, Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia. Other special expertise and experience includes analysis of large ceramic assemblages from 19th-century pottery sites in Virginia (Lowndes, Pitman, Parr) and analysis of Civil War-era military artifacts. She has served as Senior Laboratory Technician with the W&MCAR since 1989, having conducted and supervised analysis of artifacts from all historic-period sites investigated by the W&MCAR.
Prior to her employment with the W&MCAR, Ms. Davenport held supervisory positions in field archaeology and laboratory analysis for the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology on a series of archaeological assessments of historic house sites, including the Lynnhaven House in Virginia Beach, Bacon's Castle in Surry County and Mount Vernon and Gunston Hall in Fairfax County.