Hi, I’m Kate, and I am Project Archaeology’s new Public Education Coordinator!
I grew up in Kentucky and from a young age loved reading stories about the past and running around outside so I could dig and explore. When I was four, I accidentally watched a documentary on Ramesses the First and was transfixed with the idea of archaeology. Later, when my parents informed me that archaeology was a real job, I was sold. From that point on, I excitedly told everyone around me that I was going to become an archaeologist. Since then, I knew who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do, so I pursued it in any way I could. To my parent’s dismay, this meant digging holes in the yard, but fortunately for my family was supportive of my dream.
When I was in middle and high school, I went to several field schools in the United States and abroad to learn more about the hands-on aspects of archaeology. These experiences only further confirmed for me that archaeology was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. This passion dictated my choice in college, so I applied and was accepted to the University of Chicago, an institution known for its anthropology program.
When I started college, I was sure that I would end up going on to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in archaeology. As I studied, worked, and gained more experience in all the different facets of archaeology and science, I realized that earning a Ph.D. was not the only career path available and became increasingly interested in education. In my last year of college, I started working at the Oriental Institute as an Education Facilitator. In this position, I was given the opportunity to teach children and adults about archaeology, why it’s important, and why it should be preserved. This job helped to show me how important public education with archaeology is—as well as how much I enjoyed teaching. As I looked back at the jobs I had done throughout college and the experiences I had had, I realized what a large role education had played and decided to pursue it professionally.
After graduation, Project Archaeology offered me an exciting new job in Bozeman. As a lover of adventure, new experiences, and archaeology, I got in the car, drove through a snowstorm, and made it to Montana. I’ve always loved telling people about archaeology and showing them why it is so important.
I am very excited to start working with Project Archaeology! Though my job is primarily working on developing education curricula, I will also help out with social media management. We have a lot of exciting things in store and will post on Facebook and Twitter to alert y’all to any new content. Most notably, we have an Instagram account now! Please follow us at: projectarchaeology.