Jessica Watson

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


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.


2015-present Dissertation Research Fellowship, New York State Museum, Albany, NY


2018 Jessica E. Watson and Sarah Heins Ledogar. Testing the effectiveness of osteometrics in the identification of North American gallinaceous bird post-cranial elements. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

2018 Kristine M. Bovy, Madonna L. Moss, Jessica E. Watson, Frances J. White, Timothy T. Jones, Heather A. Ulrich and Julia K. Parrish. Evaluating Native American bird use and bird assemblage variability procurement strategies along the Oregon coast. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 13(2).

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.