Jessica Watson

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY, 2013
B.A. Anthropology & Writing and Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island, 2011

Contact:
jessicawatson2011@gmail.com

Research Interests:
Zooarchaeology, Northeast Archaeology, Environmental and Ecological Archaeology, Stable Isotope Analysis, Avifauna

Area of Study / Field site:
Colonial North America, Woodland Northeast

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Sean Rafferty; Archaeology

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Watson is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Sean Rafferty to study human interactions with environmental history at prehistoric archaeological sites in the Northeast. She is a Dissertation Fellow at the New York State Museum under the direction of Dr. Robert Feranec, where she is preparing faunal samples for stable isotopic analysis. Her fieldwork in the Northeast includes several prehistoric Haudenosaunee villages, a colonial-era coastal fishing outpost, and an early multicomponent site in Newfoundland, in addition to laboratory analysis of the Hornblower II, Frisby Butler, Stock Cove, Pethick, Myers Farm, and St. Catherine's Island sites.

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

-2015-present Dissertation Research Fellowship, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
-2017 Benevolent Association Graduate Research Award
-2016 Sean M. Rafferty, Christina B. Rieth, Steve Moragne, and Jessica Watson. University at Albany President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement for Schoharie Archaeological Field School
-2016 Univ. at Albany Graduate Student Employee Union Professional Development Award
-2016 Univ. at Albany Dissertation Research Fellowship Award
-2015 Univ. at Albany Graduate Student Employee Union Professional Development Award
-2015 Benevolent Association Graduate Research Award
-2015 Univ. at Albany Dissertation Research Fellowship Award
-2015 Univ. at Albany Graduate Student Association Professional Development Award
-2015 Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology Linda S. Cordell Memorial Research Award
-2014 Univ. at Albany Graduate Student Association Research Award
-2014 Univ. at Albany Graduate Student Association Professional Development Award
-2012 Univ. at Albany Graduate Student Organization Travel Award
-2011 University of Rhode Island Honors Opportunity Fund

PUBLICATIONS

-2016 Kristine M. Bovy, Jessica E. Watson, Jane Dolliver, and Julia K. Parrish. Distinguishing offshore bird hunting from beach scavenging in archaeological contexts: the value of modern beach surveys. Journal of Archaeological Science 70: 35-47.
-2014 Jessica Watson. Lithic Debitage at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. Northeast Anthropology 81-82: 23-47.