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Wesley Parrish

Graduate Student


M.A. in Anthropology

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I am a second year graduate student specializing in Archaeology, specifically I specialize in the study of archaeological ceramics. My thesis involves testing the effectiveness of using a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) in provenience and provenance studies of clays used in the manufacturing of archaeological ceramics. Currently I am working as a field technician for the NC State Archaeology Laboratory on a phase I survey of 870 acres of land on the Fort Liberty (historically Fort Bragg) military base.

In the past I have worked on many different collections management projects, field projects, and research projects both at NC State and my alma mater, Western Carolina University.

My current research interests are in Archaeology of the Southeast, ceramic analysis, Public Outreach and Community based archaeology, and Cultural Resource Management.



B.S. Anthropology Western Carolina University 2022

Area(s) of Expertise

Southeastern Archaeology, Geochemical Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics, Ceramic Analysis, Indigenous Rights, Mississippian Culture, Archaeological Ethics, North Carolina Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management

  • Western Carolina University Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Anthropology Outstanding Senior 2021-2022