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," said Kate. "When I drive by the ruins of a building, I sometimes wonder who lived there and what their life was like."


Kate joined McCormick Taylor full-time in 2017 after earning her master’s degree and serving as the PennDOT Highway Archaeology Survey Team’s (PHAST) Field Director from 2015-2016. She was excited about the opportunity to apply her new knowledge, expanded skill-set, and two years of Field Director experience 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. She has conducted architectural surveys, helped with environmental work, and assisted PennDOT with their Cultural Resources Professional Handbook revisions and various other tasks, opportunities that she never had 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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