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Jessica A. JenkinsJessica A. Jenkins

Ph.D. student, Anthropology, Univ. of Florida
M.A., Anthropology, Univ. of Florida, 2016
B.A., Anthropology, William and Mary, 2012

Background and Research Interests

Jessica’s Master’s thesis focused on using archaeological oyster shell to examine past coastal people’s subsistence strategies and relationships with the environment. Specifically, she used proxies on archaeological shell excavated from Shell Mound (8LV42), a Woodland period civic-ceremonial center on Florida’s Gulf Coast, to determine what resource niches were being exploited and if mariculture was being practiced as a means to support increased demands placed on the oyster fishery during a time of feasting and terraforming. As an undergraduate, Jessica’s research focused on oyster procurement by Algonquian communities living at riverine sites in the Chesapeake area, Virginia. Jessica has also done fieldwork in the Caribbean, as well as contract archaeology in Virginia and Louisiana.

Current Research Projects

For her dissertation, Jessica will continue her work on Florida’s Gulf Coast, examining a period of time between two phases of aggregation and terraforming in the Lower Suwannee Region (A.D. 700–1000). This research will explore the concept of revitalization movements at small-scale dispersed sites in the region after the abandonment of civic-ceremonial centers such as Shell Mound (8LV42), Garden Patch (8DI4), and Crystal River (8CL1).

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