Meet our NSF Graduate Research Fellows: Rachel Cajigas

Rachel Cajigas excavating on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia

Degree Program: PhD

In order to locate subsurface archaeological features, researchers can conduct shallow geophysical testing like soil resistivity and magnetometry. However, my previous research area in coastal Georgia was so overgrown with sawtooth palmettos it was impossible to conduct these surveys. We’d have to spend a couple of days clearing brush with machetes and chainsaws. Occasionally, we’d do controlled burning of the site with drip torches. That’s what I love best about fieldwork- you never know what it may entail!

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