Over the past few weeks working at SEAC, I have developed a morning routine that consists of me pouring myself a cup of coffee and heading straight to the “office” to start my day at work. However, the office is my desk at my apartment!

For the first two weeks at SEAC I have worked on expanding their lithics comparative collection. Then in the third week, I shifted to working on cataloging and expanding their shell comparative collection! Before starting at SEAC, I learned in university that shells were very significant in archaeological excavations because the shells can reveal important information about the inhabitant’s lifestyle and culture. Before SEAC, I never thought critically about the importance of shells, or the abundance of different species that inhabit these shells. Now that I am working on cataloging their comparative collection, I am excited to learn and investigate more about what these shells can reveal about the past!

I also have been working on the Latino Conservation Week project for SEAC! I hope to engage the Latino community through online videos! These videos would help explain what archaeology is, how to get involved in SEAC (and archaeology in general), and what are the steps of becoming an archaeologist. Since Covid-19, in-person events cannot happen, I hope these videos can engage the Latino community and help inspire volunteering or even pursuing a career in archaeology! I also hope to bring in interviews and testimonies from Latino archaeologists! These interviews would allow Latino archaeologists to share their experiences, struggles, and accomplishments within the field. The Interviews would also allow for the Latino archaeologists to share advice on how they got into the field!

Throughout my time at SEAC I have been able to learn and contribute through their comparative collections and I look forward to the rest of the summer!

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     Coming into my internship this summer, during a pandemic, I was unsure of how my internship would go. Would I be able to contribute and learn about the SEAC Center, gain experience in archeological techniques and curation, and assist in archaeological work?

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:48

Abigail Houkes

Abigail Houkes is a Mexican-American recent anthropology graduate from Florida State University. During her undergraduate career, Abigail focused on researching biological anthropology, specifically osteological analysis of different populations and researching forensic anthropology at the University of South Florida. Also, during her time in undergrad, Abigail was involved in her local community through a community service co-ed fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Her passion for community service can be seen through working on the Menstrual Hygiene Project, which assists in providing menstrual hygiene materials to the local homeless shelters and being on the leadership board for three consecutive semesters. In the future, in fall 2020, Abigail will begin her master’s program in anthropology studying forensic anthropological methodologies in the hopes of helping victims and their families. Other passions Abigail has is hiking, cross-stitching, thrifting, attending music concerts, and going to her local coffee shops.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 21:59

The Ticks Got Me

"Get ready to come in at 7:30 am next week to go into the field" Thadra, my supervisor, said to me on Friday afternoon. The moment I had been longing for had finally arrived. A smile spread across my face as I realized it was time for some fieldwork.

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The night before, I prepared my field clothes; A hair wrap and baseball cap, undershirt and long sleeve tee, cotton cargo pants, thick crew length socks and hiking boots, all intended to protect me from natures wrath. In my field bag I pack a first aid kit, 3 liters of water, measuring tape, a trowel, a granola bar, and a bastard file (eventually I will add my lunch for the day as well). I set my alarm for 6 am and hope I wake up on time

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The sound of the alarm blared through my house at 6 am and I quickly prepared myself for the day that was to come. I drank a liter of water before I left the house to make sure I started the day off hydrated being that after a couple hours in the hot, humid, and swampy Florida weather, you could easily pass out as a result of heat exhaustion. I ate a light and filling breakfast and headed out. When we got to the field, we used our handy Trimble Total Station to create a topographic map of a shell midden located in the St. mark Wildlife Refuge. After taking various topographic points with the Trimble and numerous encounters with massive yellow banana spiders, it was time to head back to the office. 

Once we got back, we had to unload the equipment we used, and I noticed that there was something biting at my ankle. I pulled down my sock and saw a huge tick just sitting at the top of my foot. I quickly pinched it off with some tweezers, ran to the nearest bathroom, and flushed it down the toilet. At that moment, I noticed my skin was agitated near my stomach, and later realized there was another tick in my belly button. Another came out of my waistband and I decided it was time for a full- blown tick check. I pulled off a total of 16 ticks from my body that day. However, would I do it again? Absolutely. 

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Friday, 28 June 2019 23:43

What is SEAC??

The Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) was founded in 1961 by the director of the National Park Service, Conrad. L Wirth. After the unfortunate decision to construct Interstate 16 through the Ocmulgee National Monument, the director put a plan in place to survey, preserve, and cause the least amount of damage possible to the site, ultimately resulting in the creation of SEAC.

Since its origin over 50 years ago, SEAC has assisted 60 out of the 72 parks in the Southeast region with all their archeological finds. Additionally, we are tasked with assisting parks whenever they have any National Historic Landmarks recommendations. We teach them how to nominate their sites and how to stay compliant with federal regulations regarding the preservation of cultural resources.

Within SEAC ,there are several departments, each having their own purpose. I mainly work in Archeological Landscapes, Technical Assistance, Service, and Contracts (ALTASC). This department works for and assists federal and other government agencies, preservation groups, and private land owners through partnerships, agreements, and contracts to identify and protect significant cultural resources in the Southeast.

So far, I have really enjoyed being able to assist other agencies and private land owners with their National Historic Landmark nominations and can’t wait to do more in the next upcoming weeks :)


Natalie Matias

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:54

Nice to meet you, I'm Natalie!

My name is Natalie Matias and I was born and raised in Hialeah, FL. As a young girl, my dad and I drove around natural and historic parks across South Florida whenever possible - weekends, holidays, birthdays, special events, etc. This activity, paired with my interest in history, led me to my current adventures as an archeologist-in-training. However, before I found my love for archeology, my interests grew in the field of psychology. By the time I graduated high school, I was also receiving my Associates degree in Psychology from Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. Finally, I got to explore every single one of my interests at Florida State University ultimately leading me to double-major in Anthropology and Psychology.

Aside from studying different cultures and the way people think, I enjoy riding 4-wheel ATV’s, hanging out with my friends, and travelling as much as possible. My top three countries that I’ve visited thus far are Italy, Germany, and Spain. I enjoyed Italy and Spain the most because I fluently speak both languages, in addition to English. I must admit ordering a Tiramisu in Italy in Italian is truly a fantastic feeling! Additionally, I have a very tiny dog, named Cleo. Nothing excites me more than the thought of my upcoming internship with the National Park Service, Southeast Archeological Center, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.


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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:57

Natalie Matias

My name is Natalie Matias and I am a first generation undergraduate student of Honduran and Puerto Rican descent. I was born and raised in Miami and although I miss my city dearly, I can not wait to travel the world! I have always had a passion for archaeology and am so grateful I get to pursue my dream on a daily basis. I am trilingual; speaking English, Spanish, & Italian. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, trying new foods, and riding ATV's :)

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:54

Sophia Lange

Sophie is a native of Maryland and a recent graduate of Boston University where she received her B.A. in Archaeology. While at BU, her research interests focused on heritage management, conservation, and pre-Columbian archaeology. Outside of BU, she has interned at the City of Westminster Archives and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab. She will continue her studies this fall at Durham University where she will pursue a Master’s in International Cultural Heritage Management. In her free time, Sophie enjoys watching sports, playing the ukulele, and getting lost while exploring the world around her.

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