Jessica Vavrasek

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY (In Progress).
M.A. Anthropology, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN), 2010.
B.A. Archaeology & Anthropology, University at Potsdam - SUNY, 2007.

Contact:
jvavrasek@albany.edu
jessica.vavrasek@nysed.gov

Research Interests:
Northeastern Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, St. Lawrence Iroquois, Bone Tools, Migration, Ceramics

Area of Study / Field site:
Northeast Archaeology; Jefferson County, New York and surrounding areas

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Sean Rafferty; Archaeology

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Specific questions I want to address through my research are: Did the St. Lawrence Iroquoians migrate into the area of what is now Jefferson County New York? If so, where were they coming from? Lastly, is it possible to trace migration, in general, utilizing a combination of ceramic and isotopic data?
To accomplish this, I will be looking at decorated collar and rim sherds from known and suspected St. Lawrence Iroquoian sites in and around Jefferson County, to determine trends and similarities in motifs. I will be collecting ceramic samples for possible clay and temper sourcing. I will also be collecting isotopic samples from domesticated dogs and versus wild species at each of these sites to determine if animals were making the migrations along with the people.
The data gathered from this project would be combined with data currently being gathered from other ceramic, lithic, and faunal remains in and around upstate New York, thus creating a more complete picture of the migratory movements of the St. Lawrence Iroquois. Understanding how migration presents its self through ceramics and isotopes can provide an opportunity to understand how and why people moved across the landscape in an attempt to better understand past and current population’s movements.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

-Doctorial Research Fellow, August 2016 – Present
The New York State Museum
-Teaching Assistant, August 2015- August 2016
The University at Albany Anthropology Department
-Zooarchaeologist, December 2009 – Current
University of Tennessee, Archaeological Research Laboratory
-Conducted field work on an archaeological project in Tlaxcalla, Mexico. Summer 2015
-Conducted field work on an archaeological project at Stock Cave, Newfoundland, Canada. Summer 2016

PUBLICATIONS

-Hollenbach, K.D., J.A. Sichler, and J.L. Vavrasek
2012 Cherokee Foodways in Tuckaleechee Cove. In The Cherokee
Occupation of Tuckaleechee Cove, by Jonathan Marcoux. Report to be
submitted to Tennessee Department of Transportation. Archaeological
Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

-In prep. Late Archaic and Woodland Foodways in Tuckaleechee Cove. In
Archaic and Woodland Occupations of Tuckaleechee Cove, by Kandace
D. Hollenbach and Stephen J. Yerka. Report to be submitted to
Tennessee Department of Transportation. Archaeological Research
Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

-In prep. Mississippian Foodways in Tuckaleechee Cove. In The Mississippian
Period Occupation of Tuckaleechee Cove, by Lynne P. Sullivan and
Shannon Koerner. Report to be submitted to Tennessee Department of
Transportation. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville.

-In prep. Prehistoric Foodways at the Townsend Sites, Blount County,
Tennessee. Report to be submitted to Tennessee Department of
Transportation. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville.

-Vavrasek, Jessica
In prep Faunal Analysis from 1CA190, a Site in Oxford Alabama. Report
submitted to Robert Perry. Archaeological Research
Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

-2010 "Faunal Remains from the Pine Hill Site (PS-6), St. Lawrence County,
New York. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2010.
http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_gradthes/839