Project Leads

Dr. Travis G. Parno

  • Historic St. Mary's City

Dr. Parno received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from Boston University in 2013. He has served as the Director of Research and Collections at HSMC since 2018. In his sixteen years as an historical archaeologist he has worked on sites in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Bermuda. 

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac

  • George Mason University

  • Piscataway Indian Nation

Dr. Tayac is an activist scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. Gabi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Social Work and American Indian Studies from Cornell University.

Rico Newman

  • Choptico Band of Piscataway-Conoy Chiefdom

As a Tribal Historian/Researcher, Mr. Newman spent many years participating in Civic, University and Tribal forums, developing a history/academic curriculum for tutoring tribal youth and adults. Meeting and engaging with students on all levels is a passion he ardently pursues.

Affiliated Members

Francis Gray

  • Piscataway Conoy Tribe

Dr. Tim Horsley

  • Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC

Field Team

Jessica Edwards, M.A.
Site Director
Stephanie Stevens
Crew Chief
Chris Coogan
Archaeological Technician
August Rowell
Archaeological Technician
Kyle Vanhoy
Archaeological Technician

Laboratory Team

Erin Crawford
Collections Manager
Stephanie Whitehead, M.Sc.

Other Members of the HSMC Department of Research and Collections

Henry M. Miller, Ph.D.
Maryland Heritage Scholar
Ruth M. Mitchell, M.A.
Senior Staff Archaeologist
Ruth M. Mitchell, M.A.
Jessica Edwards, M.A.
Joanne Hoppe, M.Sc.
Emeritus Curator of Collections
Silas D. Hurry