Dan Jones, Archaeology Lab Manager: Veterans Curation Program
“Take ownership of your education—the more creative you are with acquiring skills, utilizing resources, and seeking opportunities, the better you will ultimately be for it.”
Dan Jones earned his M.A. in anthropology in 2015 with a focus in Bioarchaeology.
What is your current job/position?
I am the Archaeology Lab Manager for the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) in Augusta, GA. The VCP is a program that was created to process at-risk archaeological collections belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
What professional activities have you embarked upon since graduation from the anthropology program at GSU?
Since graduating from GSU in 2015, I served as a field technician for a local CRM project, I spent the summer field season in Moquegua, Peru working with Nicola Sharratt, and I began my current position with the VCP. In addition, I have been working with my co-authors to turn my thesis into a publication. It has been a busy 6 months!
What courses in anthropology at GSU, field schools, internships or extracurricular activities enhanced your ability to qualify for your current job/position?
In my current position I draw heavily on my training in archaeological methods, as well as my knowledge of Praxis and my experience working in the GSU Bioarchaeology Lab. While at GSU I completed a bioarchaeology field school through Arizona State University and that experience was instrumental in facilitating my thesis research and helping me build a network in the archaeology community. My network and the skills developed during my time at GSU were critical when it came time to find employment.
Do you have any advice for prospective students interested in anthropology at GSU?
I think GSU is a great place to study anthropology because of the close-knit department, dedicated faculty, and the myriad opportunities to pursue your own interests. My best piece of advice for a prospective student is to take ownership of your education—the more creative you are with acquiring skills, utilizing resources, and seeking opportunities, the better you will ultimately be for it.