Meet the Staff


Amanda joined CART as a Field Archaeologist in August of 2019. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Anthropology. During her time in undergrad she interned for several semesters at the Virtual Curation Laboratory. Amanda attended her field school at the historic Fort Germanna site in the summer of 2017. The following year she returned to that project as an intern archaeologist. After graduation she worked with a cultural resource management firm, Cardno, on several projects in the Southeast. Outside of her passion for archaeology, Amanda enjoys reading, playing frisbee with her dog Neal, and hanging out with friends.


Melissa joined CART as a Field Archaeologist in July 2019. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in May 2019. Melissa took her field school through Millersville University in the fall of 2016 and she was Laboratory Supervisor for Millersville’s fall 2018 field school. She has also had the opportunity to intern at several places during her undergrad, including Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. In addition to archaeology, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.



Brittany joined CART as a Field Archaeologist in August of 2018. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 with a B.S. in Anthropology. Brittany completed her field school at the historic Fort Germanna site in 2017 and returned as an intern archaeologist the following summer. She studied dryland farming technology in Lanzarote, Spain and then interned for the Virtual Curation Laboratory during her undergraduate. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, exploring nature, and DIY projects.


Daphne joined CART in August of 2018 as the Assistant Lab Director. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BLS degree in Historic Preservation in 2018. Daphne completed her Field School at Sherwood Forest Plantation in Stafford County, and was a Teaching Assistant for UMW Field School at Stratford Hall Plantation and at sites along the Rappahannock River in Westmoreland County. She was lead cataloger for several archaeological collections, including Nomini Plantation and Stratford Hall. She plans to attend graduate school beginning Spring 2020 to further study archaeology and/or public history. Daphne’s interests outside of the lab include gardening, and attending arts and sports events (GO CAPS!)


Avery joined CART as a field archaeologist in 2017. With the completion of an internship with CART, he earned a B.S. in Anthropology from James Madison University. While in college he spent a semester abroad at The American University in Cairo and completed his field school at Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. Avery is not normally a hat guy, but is proud to make an exception to wear his new CART hat! In his free time, he enjoys reading, scuba diving, watching/participating in sports (especially hockey and baseball), and going on adventures with friends and family.



Colleen joined CART as a field archaeologist in Fall 2016, She was promoted to Crew Chief in 2019. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Historic Preservation. She completed a field school at Stratford Hall, home of the Lee family, and has worked on a number of sites in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Outside of Archaeology Colleen enjoys attending comedy shows and concerts, and occasionally running.


After joining CART in 2010 as a field archaeologist, Elizabeth was promoted to Archaeological Lab Director. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Archaeological Studies and in English Literature. She is currently in the History Master’s program at George Mason University. In the more than 18 years that Elizabeth has worked as a professional archaeologist, she has traveled across the United States on various projects ranging from Clovis to the World Wars. She had a unique opportunity at Fairfax County to create a relational database for cataloging all Fairfax artifacts based on a simple entry system previously used. Elizabeth feels lucky to work with an amazing group of people who bring different skills to the team. She believes strongly in proper stewardship of our shared cultural heritage. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys many things science fiction and fantasy.


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