New Archaeologist at OSA
I am very pleased to announce that the Office of State Archaeology (Department of Natural and Cultural Resources) has a new staff archaeologist. Mary Beth Fitts will join us in mid-October as Assistant State Archaeologist, replacing Lea Abbott on his recent retirement. She will be based in Raleigh, at the central offices of OSA.
Dr. Fitts most recently worked at the UNC-Chapel Hill Research Laboratories of Archaeology as Laboratory Supervisor and Teaching and Research Assistant. Mary Beth’s PhD graduate studies at Chapel Hill followed an MA program at the University of South Florida, and undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Work experience includes stints with the Apalachicola National Forest (USDA Forest Service), and Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation in Tallahassee.
Mary Beth’s interests include research into Removal-era Cherokee sites in the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, and 18th c. Catawba Indian sites in the Carolinas. Her experience with ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop and structure photogrammetry will prove useful in her new position at OSA, in terms of public outreach and environmental review responsibilities for a 29 county region (Coast and Coastal Plain) of northeastern North Carolina.
Please join me in welcoming Mary Beth Fitts to the Office of State Archaeology.
Steve Claggett, State Archaeologist