The MTSU Archaeological Field School at Magnolia Valley has two resident field assistants, Kate McKinney and Joey Keasler. Both have completed a previous MTSU Archaeological Field School and have experience on numerous field and lab projects. Learn more about Kate and Joey here.
is a graduating Anthropology senior at MTSU. Kate’s experience working in the field consists of the 2012 MTSU Field School at the 40DV7 (directed by Dr. Peres); Glass Mounds site (directed by Aaron Deter-Wolf), Phil Stratton site (directed by Jesse Tune), and Black Cat Cave (part of the MTSU RCARP). She has training in zooarchaeology and is a paid lab assistant on several projects with Dr. Peres. In addition to her role as field assistant for the 2014 MTSU Field School, Kate will be working on a grant-funded research project analyzing the ceramics from 40DV7 and the Magnolia Valley sites. Kate will start the Applied Anthropology graduate program in the fall at Mississippi State University.
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from MTSU in December of 2013 with a B.S. in Antropology and minors in Archaeology and History.
- Did an internship with the Tennessee Division of Archaeology in 2010 under the supervision of Aaron Deter-Wolf.
- Worked on the Picket Chapel Archaeoloy Project in 2013 under the direction of Phillip Hodge from TDOT.
- Worked on the Stratton Project in 2013, which was led by Jesse Tune.
- Was a field assistant for the Middle Cumberland Archaeology Project at 40DV7 in 2012 for Dr. Tanya Peres.
- Was a crew chief at the Castalian Springs Summer Field School (40SU14) in 2011under the direction of Dr. Kevin Smith.
- Worked at the Coats-Hines Mastodon Site (40WM31) in 2011with Aaron Deter-Wolf and Jesse Tune.
- Worked on the SSRG Cumberland River Emergency Archaeological Survey with Dr. Tanya Peres and Aaron Deter-Wolf following the May 2010 flood.
- Had a paper titled “An Evaluation of the Alcohol Consumption Patterns of Tailgaters at Greenland Drive and Walnut Grove” published by Scientia et Humanitas in 2011.
- Completed two URECA Scholar research projects while attending MTSU.
- Received numerous scholarships.
- Made numerous paper and poster presentations on campus, at local meetings, and national conferences.
- A current member of the Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery (FASR) team under the direction of Dr. Hugh Berryman.
- Have a strong interest in Zooarchaeology, Bioarchaeology, and Battlefield Archaeology.