Kari Dickson, a native Texan raised in Longview, is assisting Collins Academy staff with archaeological investigations at Union Missionary Baptist Church this summer. Kari has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Texas A&M University, Class of 2015, and will be entering graduate school at the University of Florida next spring in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Physical Anthropology with a focus on Forensics.
While at A&M, her studies ranged the full spectrum of Anthropology; however, Kari’s passion lies with Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. She has spent hours studying the human skeletal system and differentiating between bones that belong to humans versus animals. Additionally, opportunities included the study of Historical Archaeology as well as work transcribing old documents, understanding pottery, and artifact dispersal patterns within an archeological dig site.
Kari’s focus this summer is to help salvage the church’s history by unearthing and analyzing cultural deposits from the church grounds. This project represents the start of outreach programming from UMBC. Artifacts unearthed will be used in interpretive displays at the church once it is opened to the public.
“Kari is a valuable asset to Collins Academy and the new UMBC staff. She provides additional expertise with archaeological protocols and the identification of artifacts, especially pottery,” stated Gary Endsley, director of Collins Academy and UMBC Outreach. Kari will help with the formation of a new Junior Historian Club for Jefferson and development of research projects for the initial participant group. Adults interested in working with the Junior Historians should contact Endsley at (903) 665-2900 or drop by Collins Academy and leave their contact information.