Theresa recording data during excavations of the Mound House site, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida.
MCAP is very fortunate to have Theresa Schober as a consultant. Theresa is a seasoned veteran of shell mound/midden archaeology and has a decade or more of experience with public outreach and education. Read on to learn more about Theresa Schober, MCAP Archaeology and Public Outreach Consultant.
Theresa shares the wonders of archaeology with students from the Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, community.
Theresa received her master’s degree in anthropology from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1998 and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Florida. Her primary research interests include the use of skeletal biology and bone chemistry to assess patterns of diet and nutritional status of prehistoric societies. Her research has included the evaluation of human bone collagen and bone apatite carbonate from Archaic through Mississippian populations in the lower Illinois River Valley to assess the timing and pattern of maize introduction in Woodland diets and more recent investigations of maritime resource consumption by prehistoric hunting and gathering populations of Baja California.
Working in south Florida since 1998, Theresa has also documented and conducted archaeological excavations at a variety of south Florida shell mound, midden, and mortuary sites. Much of this research focuses on the settlement and use of the Estero Bay estuarine system by the Calusa Indians including extensive investigations into how and how quickly mound sites were constructed. Her research focuses on understanding how local social development is connected to broader patterns in the southeastern United States.
To support enhanced public access to archaeological education, Theresa directed research, restoration and interpretive development to provide a public museum at historic Mound House on Fort Myers Beach from 2002 to 2011, authoring numerous grant proposals that secured over $3.5 million for various preservation initiatives. Two projects she directed were honored in 2010 with meritorious achievement awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in the areas of education/preservation media and adaptive reuse.
An active member of the preservation community, Theresa serves as second Vice President of the Florida Anthropological Society and is a member of the Lee County Historic Preservation Board. She recently served as chair of the 2010 Florida Anthropological Society conference and workshop chair for the 2010 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation conference, both held in Fort Myers. Theresa has also consulted on interpretive signage at other Florida sites and served as Project Director for the development of materials supporting 2010 Florida Archaeology Month, funded through the Florida Division of Historical Resources.
This year the MTSU Middle Cumberland Archaeology Project will host a field school at one of the most important multi-component shell-bearing sites along the Middle Cumberland River. Due to the sensitive nature of the site I cannot include exact location details here, but it is located approximately 45 miles northwest of the MTSU Campus in Davidson County. This will be our first (of hopefully several) field season at this particular site; however it was part of the NSF-funded Cumberland River Emergency Archaeology Survey in 2010-2011, and we did take samples for baseline data.
Dr. Tanya Peres and Aaron Deter-Wolf assess damaged caused by the May 2010 floods and post-flood looting.
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