Welcome Back, DéShondra!
Hello All! I am super excited to be onboard with the Archaeological Kids’ Dig team for a second summer! My name is DéShondra Dandridge and I am originally from Glen Allen, Virginia. I graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Anthropology as well as History, with a concentration in Public History and a minor in Theatre (that was mouthful, I know!). Nevertheless, it was at JMU where I actually developed an interest in archaeology. I had taken 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. During the internship, I obtained a great deal of knowledge pertaining to artifact handling, iron conservation, cataloging and research. I then joined the C.W. Kids’ Dig staff last summer and had a blast instilling a love for archaeology to the various kids, like you all, who dug with us. It was the highlight of my summer to see kids get that same excitement about history as I had as a child. Starting in late August, I will actually be attending George Mason University to continue my studies in Anthropology as a graduate student. I am elated to be starting this new chapter in my never ending quest for anthropological knowledge. Anyways, thanks for reading my introduction. I’m so excited to see what our excavated artifacts tell us about the people that once occupied this site; especially as we continue to delve deeper into the lives of Julia Minson and Margaret Parson! I cannot wait to share my love for artifacts with you all! Happy reading!