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

Research Interests:
Archaeology of the Eastern US, Late and Middle Woodland Period Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, St. Lawrence Iroquois, bone tool technology, ceramic motifs, isotopic sampling & analysis, social network analysis, subsistence

Area of Study / Field site:
Northeastern & Southeastern America

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Sean Rafferty; Archaeology

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For more than a decade, I have been studying the St. Lawrence Iroquoians that lived in Jefferson County, New York, between 1400 and 1550 AD. As part of my dissertation I am looking into questions such as: Did male and female interactions differ between villages within and between clusters in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties? Did one village come out on top in every village cluster? Did resource depletion play a factor in group dispersal? What can dogs tell us about population movement in the area? To accomplish this research, I am 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 am also collecting isotopic samples from domesticated dogs and versus wild species at each of these sites to determine if animals were moving around the landscape with their owners and to see if there were changes in diet over time.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS:
2016 – current Research Fellow, Department of Education, Cultural Education Center, New York State Museum
2017 The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation’s Research Grant for New York
Archaeological Studies

EMPLOYMENT:
2009 – current Zooarchaeologist, University of Tennessee, Archaeological Research Laboratory
2016 Field Technician, Stock Cove Archaeological Project, Newfoundland
2015 Zooarchaeologist, Tlaxcallan project, Puebla, Mexico
2009 – 2013 Field Technician, University of Tennessee, Archaeological Research Laboratory

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2018 Instructor of Record, Introduction to Archaeology (AANT 104),University at Albany, SUNY
2015-2016 Teaching Assistant, The University at Albany, SUNY, Introduction to Archaeology (AANT 104); Aztec, Inca and Maya (AANT 233)
2005-2007 Teaching Assistant, SUNY Potsdam, NY, Archaeology (ANTH 204)
2005 Teaching Assistant, James Madison’s Montpelier, Virginia. SUNY Potsdam Field School (ANTH 315)
2018 Instructor, Iroquoian Ceramics, Women of Science Day NYSM, Albany,NY

PUBLICATIONS

Vavrasek, Jessica L.
2016 Faunal Remains. In Excavations at a Rural Farmstead Site (22KE716) in Kemper County, Mississippi, by Keith J. Little, Travis Rael, Katherine Wright, and Hunter B. Johnson, pp.153-178. Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Special Investigation 5.

Hollenbach, Kandace D., Jessica L. Vavrasek, Jessie L. Johanson, and Stephanie N. Hacker
2016a Plant and Animal Remains from 22KE630. In Archaeological Excavations Along Chickasawhay Creek, Kemper County, Mississippi, Volume II, by Keith J. Little, Hunter B.Johnson, Travis Rael, Katherine Wright, and J. Rocco de Gregory, pp. 67-128. Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Special Investigation 6.

2016b Plant and Animal Remains from 22KE718. In Archaeological Excavations Along Chickasawhay Creek, Kemper County, Mississippi, Volume II, by Keith J. Little, Hunter B. Johnson, Travis Rael, Katherine Wright, and J. Rocco de Gregory, pp.129-172. Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Special Investigation 6.

Hollenbach, K.D., J.A. Sichler, and J.L. Vavrasek
2012 Cherokee Foodways in Tuckaleechee Cove. In The Cherokee Occupation of Tuckaleechee Cove, by Jon Marcoux.

SELECTED TECHNICAL REPORTS:
Vavrasek, Jessica
2018 Faunal Analysis from 1CA190, a Site in Oxford Alabama. Report submitted to Robert Perry. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Webb, Daniel, Jessica L. Vavrasek, and Kandace D. Hollenbach
2017 Subsistence Remains from Mound A at Winterville (22WS500), A Mississippian Site in Washington County, Mississippi. Report submitted to Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Huntsville. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hollenbach, K.D., J.L. Vavrasek, J.L. Johanson, and S.N. Hacker
2015 Plant and Animal Remains from 22KE630, a Multicomponent Site in Kemper County, Mississippi. Report submitted to Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Huntsville. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hollenbach, K.D., J.L. Vavrasek, J.L. Johanson, and S.N. Hacker
2015 Plant and Animal Remains from 22KE718, a Multicomponent Site in Kemper County, Mississippi. Report submitted to Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Huntsville. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hollenbach, K.D., J.L. Vavrasek, J.L. Johanson, and S.N. Hacker
2014 Plant and Animal Remains from 22KE627, a Multicomponent Site in Kemper County,
Mississippi. Report submitted to Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, Huntsville. Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hollenbach, K.D., and J.L. Vavrasek
2014 Plant and Animal Remains from Site 1Ca196, Calhoun County, Alabama. Report
submitted to Robert E. Perry and Associates, Pell City, Alabama. Archaeological Research
Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.