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Justin S. Bailey

M.A. Student


Subdiscipline: Archaeology


Justin is a master’s candidate in archaeology. His research interests include the archaeology of the precontact period in the Eastern United States and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore settlement, mobility, and long-distance exchange patterns. He received his BA in anthropology and history from Indiana University in 2014.

After graduation, Justin took time to hike the Appalachian Trail and co-authored a blog, 'Those Who Wander', with his wife Hilary detailing their experiences. After their travels, Justin worked as a field technician at the Old Vero Man site in Vero Beach, Florida and has worked the last seven years as a contract archaeologist in both the public and private sectors on extensive Phase I, II, and III projects throughout the western and southeastern United States. He has worked throughout Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado with archaeological and environmental firms and with the U.S. Forest Service. Since moving to Knoxville in 2017, he has worked with TRC Solutions, Inc. in North Carolina and with the Archaeological Research Lab at the University of Tennessee gaining experience in geophysical (GPR) work on local cemetery projects, geoarchaeological fieldwork and lab analysis, and NAGPRA-related curation experience with research faculty at the University of Tennessee. For the last three years he has worked as an archaeology contractor with the Tennessee Valley Authority while pursuing his MA degree.

His activities and interests outside of school include backpacking, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, traveling, and writing.


Archaeology, bioarchaeology, GIS, risk and resilience, hunter-gatherers, mobility, settlement patterns, long-distance exchange


B.A., Indiana University. Anthropology and History. 2014.


Contact Information

  • Chair: Dr. Benjamin Auerbach