Greetings from the Sunshine State

Hola! My name is Sophie Lange and I am 21 years old. I graduated from Boston Univerisity this past January with a B.A. in Archaeology and am so thrilled to be working at the Southeast Archaeological Center (SEAC) this summer! I grew up in Maryland and have spent the past four years living in Boston, with semesters abroad in Spain and London. I completed my archaeological field school in Menorca, Spain where I first developed an interest in heritage management and historic preservation. This fall I will be furthering my studies as I begin my masters degree in International Cultural Heritage Management at Durham University.

Excavating at Byrd Hammock

Excavating at Byrd Hammock

Working at SEAC has, so far, been an amazing experience. As part of my internship, I will spend a few weeks in each department in the center, such as NAGPRA, Sections 106 & 110 Compliance, Museum Curation, Community Outreach, and Administration. My first two weeks will be spent excavating at Byrd Hammock, a prehistoric site just outside Tallahassee. Even though the mosquitoes are relentless and the foliage traps in the Florida heat like a greenhouse, I absolutely love working in the field alongside the students and National Parks Service (NPS) volunteers.
A stamped pottery sherd, possibly of the Weeden Island culture

A stamped pottery sherd, possibly of the Weeden Island culture

I am also excited to work with the HAF to improve the relationship and accessibility between the Latino community of Tallahassee and National Parks. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to sharing more of my experiences in the field!

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