Andrea Jackson, M. Litt.
Andrea Jackson is a staff archaeologist at Matrix Heritage. Following a childhood dream to become an archaeologist she studied anthropology and history earning her Honours Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in 2004. Wanting to gain practical experience in the field, she took a field school through Trent University where she acquired firsthand knowledge of surveying, mapping, excavation, artifact processing, and cataloguing of a pre-contact campsite near Peterborough. Following her undergraduate degree, her first job in archaeology was at the Mantle Site, a large early sixteenth century Huron Wendat village in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Her post-graduate studies took her to Scotland, where she earned her Masters of Letters in Professional Archaeology from the University of Glasgow in 2007, the inaugural course specifically designed for the business world of consulting archaeology. Her dissertation explored and compared the legislation and procedures regarding the excavation of human remains in England and Canada. Andrea spent two years working professionally in the United Kingdom, earning a wide variety of experiences from a topographic survey of a Mesolithic midden site on the Isle of Colonsay to a work placement with Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division that included excavation on a medieval farmhouse and pre-historic site.
Upon her return to Canada in 2008, she was employed by the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the National Museum of History) as a research assistant. Andrea followed up her time at the museum with years of experience at multiple archaeological companies throughout Ontario, contributing to various aspects of the projects including research, excavation, analysis, and report writing. She has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of sites, at all stages, from small 19th century homesteads to large pre-contact villages, high profile locations such as Parliament Hill to small scale test pitting, as well as cemeteries and large pre-contact burial sites.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
With other Firms: 7
Museum / Research: 1
M.Litt. 2007, Professional Archaeology – University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
B.A. (Hons) 2004, Anthropology with History Minor, St. Francis Xavier University; Antigonish, Nova Scotia
LICENCE/ PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Professional Ontario Archaeological License
Ontario Archaeological Society