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Graduate student Megan Hanna Fry receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) grant in Spring 2020. She shares a few of her thoughts below:

“I joined the department in the fall of 2018, working with Dr. John Krigbaum and Dr. James Davidson focusing in bioarchaeology. I received my B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and in 2019 my M.A. from the University of Florida. In addition, I am the current Coordinating-Editor for the New Florida Journal of Anthropology. I was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF-GRF), starting fall 2020, which provides 3 years of funding toward my degree, allowing me to focus on my research and coursework.

In my research I broadly aim to understand settlement and social relations across Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. I utilize isotope, funerary, and osteological data to investigate health and mobility in Early-Mediaeval Britain. More specifically, I am trying to answer questions about violent death and identity. I compare heavy and light isotope values to mortuary and skeletal trauma data to understand if victims of ritual violent death were more likely to be migrants during the 4th to 9th centuries.”

Graduate Student


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2019
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, 2016



Biological Anthropology


Dr. John Krigbaum

Research Interests

Isotopes, Mobility, Diet Bioarchaeology, Osteology, Paleopathology, Demography, Mortuary Studies, 3D Modeling, Forensic Facial Reconstruction, Mediaeval Archaeology

Selected Publications

“The rs387907171 SNP inTYRP1is not associated with blond hair color on the Island ofBougainville”. American journal ofhuman biology. Heather L. Norton, Megan Hanna, Elizabeth Werren, Jonathan Friedlaender. 10/1/2015

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Travel Award, University of Florida, Spring 2020
  • Elizabeth Eddy Endowment, University of Florida, 2019
  • Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida, 2018-2019
  • Taft Undergraduate Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • Taft Undergraduate Enrichment Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015
  • STEM Field School Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015
  • Taft Undergraduate Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2015
  • STEM Field School Award, University of Cincinnati, 2015
Valerie Burke DeLeon
Associate Professor 
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B134
Phone: (352) 294-7592


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1999
  • B.A. Archaeological Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1990

Research Interests

Historical archaeology (19th/20th century), African diaspora, mortuary studies, folk beliefs

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Selected Publications

Davidson, James M. (2015). “A Cluster of Sacred Symbols”: Interpreting an Act of Animal Sacrifice at Kingsley Plantation, Fort George Island, Florida (1814-1839). International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19(1).

Davidson, James M. 2014. Deconstructing the Myth of the “Hand Charm”: Mundane Clothing Fasteners and Their Curious Transformations into Supernatural Objects. Historical Archaeology 48(4).

Davidson, James M., and Karen E. McIlvoy. 2012. New Perspectives from Old Collections: Potential Artifacts of African Spirituality at Couper Plantation, Georgia. The Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 1(2):107-166.

Davidson, James M. 2012. Encountering the Ex-Slave Reparations Movement from the Grave: The National Industrial Council and National Liberty Party, 1901-1907. The Journal of African American History 97(1-2):13-38.

Davidson, James M. 2012. “They laid planks ‘crost the coffins”: The African Origin of Grave Vaulting in the United States. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 16(1):86-134.

Davidson, James M. and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr. 2012. Hidden Differences Beneath a Surface Equality: Mortuary Variability in Two Late Nineteenth-Century Cemeteries in Crawford County, Arkansas. Southeastern Archaeology 30(2):203-214.

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