Dr. Luke Pecoraro, Assistant Investigator


Biography and Affiliation

Luke J. Pecoraro, PhD

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.

Luke is a historical archaeologist currently employed as the Assistant Director for Archaeological Research at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He has worked in cultural resource management archaeology in the mid-Atlantic, the Chesapeake and New England on a variety of prehistoric and historic sites, and for several years as a staff archaeologist on the Jamestown Rediscovery project. Research interests include intercolonial migration and trade in the 17th century Chesapeake, relationships between English plantations in Ireland and Virginia, and the settlement of the English Caribbean. Luke is also a research archaeologist for the First Colony Foundation, searching for the 16th century “Lost Colony” on Roanoke Island, and a team member of the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat (SLAM) project in the British West Indies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history (Virginia Commonwealth University) a Master’s in archaeology (Boston University) a PhD from Boston University with his dissertation focused on the cultural landscape of Daniel Gookin Jr. (1612–1687).

Luke is an active member of several professional organizations including the Society for Historical Archaeology regularly presents papers at the annual meeting. Recent publications include “If you should want more, or any of your neighbors want any”: Washington’s Whiskey Distillery and the Plantation and Town. In Urbanism in the Early Chesapeake, edited by Julia A. King and Hank D. Lutton. Gainesville: University Press of Florida [2015], and a book chapter as a co-author with John Cherry and Krysta Ryzewski, “A Kind of Sacred Place”: The Rock and Roll Ruins of AIR Studios, Montserrat.” In Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement, edited by M.C. Beaudry and T.G. Parno, 181–198. New York: Springer [2013].


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