KC Jones is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of Anthropology at UGA. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and interdisciplinary certificates in Archaeological Science and Native American Studies from UGA in 2012. Prior to graduate school, she worked professionally in private sector cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology. She is trained in Sections 106 and 110 compliance archaeology through the NHPA, and has authored or co-authored 4 peer-reviewed publications and books chapters, 6 technical reports, and 15 conference presentations. She continues to subcontract for CRM firms during graduate school.
KC’s research focuses on the disparities between the available archaeological, climatic, and environmental data and the existing historical narrative for the interior Coastal Plain of Georgia. Specifically, her work situates the Ogeechee River cultural history within the broader narrative of hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence in the Southeast. She uses a behavioral ecology approach to test whether archaeological site distributions are determined, at least in part, on the distribution and abundance of key resources available on the landscape through time.
In addition to her dissertation research, she works as the Georgia director for the Paleoindian Database of the Americas (PIDBA), a national program designed to provide locational and attribute information on Paleoindian cultural materials (> ca. 10,000 cal BP) from across the Americas. She is also the sitting Vice President of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting archaeological preservation and heritage management in the state of Georgia through public outreach and education efforts. Her role at CAIS is to manage and expand their scientific outreach and education efforts.