David Watt, M.A., RPA, joined NCPTT in 2019 as an archaeological research associate with nine years of experience in cultural resources management, geographic information systems (GIS), and geophysical surveys. He has experience conducting archaeological investigations across the Midwest and Southeastern United States as well as Mexico. He received his B.A. degree in Anthropology and History with a minor in Native American Studies from Illinois State University in 2013, his M.A. degree in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2016, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. During his time at Tulane, he taught courses on Native American studies and Louisiana Archaeology. Mr. Watt’s research has been published in multiple journals including: Southeastern Archaeology, the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, the Parks Stewardship Forum, and presented at numerous conferences in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Watt’s interests include the archaeology of coastal landscapes, environmental archaeology, GIS predictive modelling, and he has a firm commitment to public outreach and education. Currently, he works on the Mississippi River Delta Archaeological Mitigation (MRDAM) Project as an archaeologist and GIS specialist developing a comprehensive mitigation plan for cultural resources of the Louisiana coastline that are at severe risk of erosion and relative sea-level rise (RSLR).
When not digging holes, Mr. Watt enjoys gardening with his wife, playing board-games, and is ever on the hunt for the next best IPA.