Hello all! I’m Hannah, a junior year undergrad double-majoring in anthropology and German language at the University of New Hampshire. During this fall semester, I’m lucky to have the chance to participate in the collaborative internship program between the UNH Anthropology department and Strawbery Banke.
My interest in archaeology predates my time in university—but it started with an early obsession with dinosaurs and a desire to be a paleontologist. Some of my earliest memories are from about when I would have been about three years old, using a plastic shovel to dig up turkey bones that my dad and grandfather had buried in the yard for me to “excavate.”
These early memories—of having an encyclopedia of prehistoric animals propped up in the dirt, ready to compare my finds to illustrations of mysterious, long-dead creatures—got me hooked on the excitement and hands-on learning one can experience through archaeology.
Currently, I am hoping to broaden my knowledge base regarding historical archaeology and the work being done here in New England and New Hampshire. Though my interests center around biological anthropology and archaeology, I certainly have a lot to learn about the applied aspects of these areas. I’m looking forward to learning more about the local history of Portsmouth area, and hope to contribute and learn all that I can during my time at Strawbery Banke!