New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Smyrnéa Archaeological Research Institute
Rebecca Harris, Registered Professional Archaeologist 43846759
Rebecca Harris is a Registered Professional Archaeologist since 2001. Rebecca began her archaeology career as a participant in a Public Archaeology "summer camp" program while in junior high in the 1980s. Rebecca has a BA from the University of Florida in Anthropology & Classical Archaeology, her MA from Florida Atlantic University in Anthropology. PhD studies in Archaeology at University of Oklahoma and ABD/PhD at University of Arkansas in Environmental Dynamics. For much of her career her research and work focused on the prehistory of Florida and the Southeast. Rebecca has excavated and/or studied sites throughout the Florida Peninsula from the earliest prehistoric to the modern era and was incredibly lucky to spend two years excavating at Cahokia, the largest prehistoric site in North America. Rebecca taught college for 10 years, has worked as a museum educator and director, a Federal Archaeologist for the USFS, conducted fieldwork throughout the Southeastern US, Southern Plains and Pacific Northwest for various private contract firms. Rebecca was also hired as a Forensic Archaeologist for her expert opinion. Rebecca founded the non-profit, Smyrnéa Archaeological Research Institute in 2017 to focus her attention on the Smrynéa Colony and FINALLY get to live and work in her own home town. More than anything, Rebecca loves to share her love and enthusiasm about archaeology with the public and get them involved in discovering our collective past.