Back row: Gibrán Lule-Hurtado, Christina Ramazani, Matt. Front row: Maggie O'Neill, Heather Lockwood, Jacklyn Marr, Ryan Ware.

Back row: Gibrán Lule-Hurtado, Christina Ramazani, Matthew Pailes.
Front row: Maggie O’Neill, Heather Lockwood, Jacklyn Marr, Ryan Ware.

NCPTT’s 2014 interns are sharing their knowledge and gaining new skills during the ten-week internship program.  They will undertake laboratory research, record podcasts for our website, create online-publications, update the NCPTT product catalog, create an eLearning site, conduct a literature review on archaeological site surveillance technologies, and update NCPTT’s Facebook page. The interns will also present a lunch time lecture, and present a poster during NCPTT’s annual “Preservation in Your Community” outreach event.


Gibrán Lule-Hurtado

Gibrán Lule-Hurtado is working with Andy Ferrell in the Architecture and Engineering program. His research this summer entails compiling innovative projects that incorporate engagement, sustainability, and resilience into preservation practice. The final product will be a webpage showcasing these projects’ exciting new approaches and results.

Gibrán is from La Moncada, Guanajuato, Mexico and has lived in Texas for the past ten years. He taught bilingual third and fourth grade after completing his undergraduate studies and has more recently received a master’s in urban planning from UT Austin. Conversations and courses at UT steered him in the direction of preservation; his master’s dissertation analyzes flood risk and mitigation strategies for historic structures in Querétaro, Mexico—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Heather Lockwood

Heather Lockwood

Heather Lockwood is working with Debbie Smith in the Historic Landscape program.  She is working on an online publication that summarizes a series of webinar presentations given as part of the National Register Landscape Initiative (NRLI). In addition to expanded abstracts, each presentation will also include the original video and transcription, along with links to pertinent national register nominations.

Heather is currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Fine and Graphic Arts at Northwestern State University. When not working or studying, she enjoys reading, cooking, needlework, and writing.

Jacklyn Marr

Jacklyn Marr

Jacklyn Marr is working with Sarah Jackson, assisting with Graphic Design projects that come with events and media surrounding the work of the NCPTT.  She is working to compile and design an updated product catalog that will represent the research present online and in print.  Jacklyn is also updating the halls of the NCPTT office Natchitoches with fresh posters, images, and frames.

Jacklyn is an undergraduate student of Northwestern State University and the Scholars’ College working towards a joint major in Liberal and Fine arts with a concentration in Graphic Communications.  She is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, and currently a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity.  Jacklyn is proud of her Louisiana Heritage which she loves incorporating into her art.  In her spare time, Jacklyn enjoys discovering new entertainers and artists on YouTube and pretending she knows how to do yoga.

Maggie O'Neil

Maggie O’Neill

Maggie O’Neill is working with Debbie Smith in the Historic Landscapes program. She is working with the National Park Service’s Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation and NCPTT to develop an eLearning-based landscape preservation maintenance training program.

Maggie received her BFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, taking a special interest in cultural landscapes and preservation planning. While at SCAD, Maggie worked for Coastal Heritage Society as a Historical Interpreter at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Originally from Northern New Jersey, Maggie has worked and interned for numerous organizations in New Jersey, New York, and Georgia. When not working, Maggie enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, reading, and crushing her opponents in Scrabble.


Matthew Pailes

Matthew Pailes is working with Ed Fitzgerald in the Architecture and Engineering program.  He is  writing petrographic descriptions of modern building materials to aide restoration efforts in selecting stones that match historic materials.

Matthew received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. For graduate studies Matthew pursued his interest in archaeology at the University of Arizona and received an M.A. in 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2015. His research focuses on social organization of Neolithic societies. His Ph.D. research investigated the role of exchange in supporting elite offices in Northwest Mexico. Matthew has also worked in Alaska, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Morocco. ??While at NCPTT Matthew will be writing petrographic descriptions of modern building materials to aide restoration efforts in selecting stones that match historic materials.

Christina Ramazani

Christina Ramazani

Christina Ramazani is working with Tad Britt in the Archaeology and Collections program. She is currently performing a literature review on surveillance technologies applicable to the protection of archaeological sites. The project aims to identify the technologies that have been used, are currently used, and may be used in the future. It emphasizes technology that aids in the detection and prosecution of those who vandalize and loot archaeological sites.  This research aims to provide an update/resource for land managers and law enforcement aiming to use surveillance technology to protect archaeological sites.

Christina is originally from Gulfport, MS, and received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is near completion of her M.A. in Applied Anthropology at Mississippi State University. Christina enjoys traveling, going on digs, and spending time with her family.

Ryan Ware

Ryan Ware

Ryan Ware is working with Tad Britt in the Archeology and Collections program. He is posting about archeology on NCPTT’s Facebook page. These posts hope to raise awareness about archeology by including a park in the National Park System, an archeology conference, and a tech transfer every week. Additionally, he is compiling an interactive digital proceeding of a symposium celebrating 20 years of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training’s sponsored archeology held during the Society for American Archaeology’s 2015 conference.

Ryan attends Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He is a junior liberal arts major with a concentration in philosophy, politics, and law. He is currently working on his undergraduate thesis tentatively titled, To Plead or Not to Plead, That is the Question: A Look at Regional Attitudes Toward the Insanity Plea in Louisiana. When he isn’t working or at school Ryan enjoys reading, music, traveling, and exploring new foods. He also is actively involved in the Louisiana speech & debate circuit.