Taylor Bowden was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received both her B.S. and M.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University. She has worked at a variety of sites in South Texas and on the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and St. Eustatius, including Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site on St. Kitts.
After completing her M.A. at Texas State, she worked for the Texas Historical Commission as a Section 106 Review and Compliance Project Reviewer and FEMA liaison. She also worked for Texas State University’s Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) conducting website maintenance for the Texas Public Archaeology Network (TxPAN) and conducting zooarchaeological analysis and research. As a faunal analyst at CAS, she worked on a variety of prehistoric and historic faunal assemblages from throughout Texas, Northeastern Oklahoma, and Savannah, Georgia.
Taylor is a PhD student in Zooarchaeology under Dr. Anneke Janzen at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests broadly include zooarchaeology, African diaspora archaeology, stable isotope analysis, diet and foodways, colonial archaeology, and decolonization in archaeological theory.