David Raymond Carlson

Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

About Myself

Another picture of me kayaking.

I am a graduate student in the archaeology program at the Department of Anthropology, University of Washington. Currently, I am also the Graduate Student Representative for the archaeology program, serving as a vehicle for communicating the interests and concerns of archaeology graduate students to the faculty. I have completed my comprehensive exams and earned my Master of Arts in Anthropology, and have moved on to writing my dissertation proposal. I hope to finalize that by the end of this academic year, and move on to candidacy.

My interest in archaeology began in a rather arbitrary and happenstance manner. I enrolled as an undergraduate English major at the University of Florida in 2003, intending on pursuing a career in creative writing and science fiction. After taking an anthropology course on pseudoscience and archaeology, I first double-majored in Anthropology and English, and then dropped the English major to focus solely on Anthropology. After taking a field school in the Florida St. Johns river region, I decided to focus on archaeology.

After graduating, I worked for three years in Cultural Resource Management, while continuing my education through formal and informal channels. In particular, I furthered my interest in spatial analysis, survey technologies, and Geographic Information Systems by enrolling in an online, year-long GIS certificate program through the University of Washington. A year after completing my certificate, I applied for and was accepted into the archaeology program at the University of Washington, where I initially planned to specialize in the historical and colonial archaeology of Indonesia. As that research did not pan out, I have shifted to developing a project on the archaeology of labor, class, and ethnicity on resource extraction sites (e.g. working camps, company towns) in the Pacific Northwest.