Katherine Parker was born and raised near Greenville, South Carolina, where she graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities with a concentration in Creative Writing in 2011. She completed her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Anthropology with distinction in Archaeology at the University of South Carolina in 2014. Her undergraduate thesis research examined the effect of intrasite development and performance of power on the evolution of Mississippian ceremonial mound function through time. As an undergraduate, Katherine worked for both for the university as a teaching assistant as well as the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) as a field, lab, and conservation lab technician.
In the four years since her graduation, Katherine has worked professionally in cultural resource management (CRM) in the Southeastern United States, most recently in the capacity of staff archaeologist and lab technician for Archaeological Consultants of the Carolinas, Inc. Her work in CRM has afforded her experience in writing and producing technical reports, conducting archival research, overseeing field and lab projects to completion, and supervising the implementation of an archaeological curation standard for recovered metal artifacts. She has supervisory and technician experience across all phases of contract archaeological survey in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia for both federal and private sector entities. Katherine is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology Conference, and the Archaeological Society of South Carolina.
Research Interests: Historical Archaeology, Archaeological Manifestations of Conflict, Landscape Archaeology, Contact Period Interactions, Geophysical Survey Strategies, GIS and Remote Sensing, Southeastern United States, Middle Atlantic Region, Chesapeake Bay Settlement History