Archaeologist II, Field Director

  • What are some of your hobbies?

    I enjoy reading, being outside, and gardening.

  • Where's the most interesting place you've traveled?

    Vancouver. The view of snowy mountains across Vancouver Harbor was incredible!

  • What are three things you can't live without?

    Ice cream, chocolate, and movies/books!


Kate's first experience with archaeology was at age 16, when she worked as a volunteer at a wheelwright shop site excavation performed by the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Chapter 21 at Joanna Furnace. She always appreciated historic places and things, and her experience there led her to research a state-owned property for her thesis and volunteer as an archaeologist at Joanna Furnace festivals.


“It’s interesting to imagine who used or made the antique and modern items I come across in my daily life. When I drive by the ruins of a building, I sometimes wonder who lived there and what their life was like,” said Kate.


Kate joined McCormick Taylor full-time in 2017 after working as a temporary Field and Lab Technician while she earned her master’s degree. She was excited about the opportunity to apply her new knowledge, expanded skill-set, and two years of Field Director experience from her time with the PennDOT Highway Archaeological Survey Team back to McCormick Taylor, but this time, as a professional Archaeologist.


During her time at McCormick Taylor, Kate has worked with other disciplines in the office to complete projects, an opportunity she deems unique to the company. Helping with architectural surveys and environmental work, assisting PennDOT with their Cultural Resources Professional Handbook revisions, and various other tasks, which she says are opportunities that she never had access to at other companies.


Kate describes McCormick Taylor as ambitious, growing, and social, stating “My experiences working with McCormick Taylor employees from other disciplines and offices have been very positive. I am constantly learning new things from fellow staff or just getting to know other employees after meeting during group trainings.”


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