Doctoral Student in Archaeology and the Ancient World (Ph.D. expected, May 2023)

Rachel received her B.A. with highest honors in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations from the University of Florida in 2015. As an undergraduate, she worked intermittently at the Florida Museum of Natural History in research and collections, and her honors thesis focused on funerary customs during the Middle Bronze Age at Megiddo, Israel. In 2017, she received her M.A. in Human Skeletal Biology from NYU, with a thesis examining dental microwear of teeth from an Iron Age Philistine population in Ashkelon, Israel. Rachel has worked at St. Johns’ River, Florida (2012), and Tel Kabri, Israel (2013), but now primarily works as a bioarchaeologist in Israel at Tel Megiddo (2014-), Tel Ashkelon (2015-), and Tel Shimron (2017-). Outside of the field, she has experience at forensic (C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab), archaeology (UF Southeastern Archaeological Laboratory) and microscopy (NYU Hard Tissue Research Unit) labs. Her current research interests involve investigating puberty and pregnancy through histology to understand how these milestones pertain to mortuary treatment in the archaeological record.