Meet a Kids Dig Archaeologist! DéShondra

By on 6-25-2018 in Archaeology

Hello All! My name is DéShondra Dandridge and I am originally from Glen Allen, Virginia. As a child I have also wanted to pursue a career in Museums. I enjoyed visiting museums around the Richmond and D.C. area and learning about history. Going through the various exhibits and seeing how it could affect an individual resonated with me.  With that being said, I made it my mission to become involved in various museum organizations, whether it through volunteering or interning.

I graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Anthropology and History, with a concentration in Public History and a minor in Theatre. Over the course of my academic years, I had the opportunity to engage in a series of research projects and museum studies opportunities. It was at JMU where I actually developed an interest in archaeology. I was taking an introductory archaeology course taught by Dr. Dennis Blanton and I was absolutely hooked! After college I did an Archaeological field school at James Madison’s Montpelier and earned a laboratory internship, where I obtained a great deal of knowledge pertaining to artifact handling, iron conservations, cataloguing and research.  So if you have any questions about the process of iron conservation I am your girl!

I am super excited to be onboard with the Archaeological Kids Dig team this summer! I’m also excited to see what our excavated artifacts tell us about the people that once occupied this site! I cannot wait to share my love for artifacts with you all! Happy reading!

-DéShondra

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