Meet the TA: Jake Deppen

Profile picture of Jake in a Spanish cafe

Enjoying a traditional Mallorcan breakfast of ensaïmada and café con leche.

Originally posted April, 2015; Updated January, 2017

I am a PhD student in the UW Archaeology program and the Teaching Assistant for this year’s Historical Archaeology class. I was previously the TA for this course during Spring 2015 and am looking forward to doing it again.

I received my BA in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and an MA in Anthropology from UW. My PhD research is a study of ceramics from the Late Iron Age in Mallorca, Spain, a time when indigenous Mallorcans were increasingly connected with outsiders like Phoenicians and Romans. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of these cultural interactions. My research is a small part of a larger collaboration between UW archaeologists and archaeologists in Spain which we have dubbed the Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology (LEIA) Project.

Before beginning my work in Spain, I worked on a number of projects and sites in southwest and central Ohio, mostly focused on what archaeologists call the Fort Ancient culture. If you ever find yourself in southwest Ohio, the museum and reconstructed village at SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park make it worth a stop.

Outside of Denny Hall, I am the proud dad to Nikhil. Objectively speaking, he is the best baby in the world.

Jake and his son Nikhil

About Me: Timper

Hello, my name is Timper, with an “i” not an “e”. I am in my junior year here at the University of Washington and I am majoring in History and Archaeology. I’d like to further study colonialism and its effects by specifically looking at the ‘political’ relationships between Europeans and the Indigenous peoples residing within the Americas. Although European Medieval History is a great interest of mine as well. A majority of my life has been spent here in the PNW, although my teenage years were mostly spent in the UK attending secondary school.

Aptly named Hannibal for all the horrible deeds she has committed.

Aptly named Hannibal for all the horrible deeds she has committed.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time reading and playing with my dog Hannibal. I have a passion for history, archaeology and anything related to the Lord of the Rings (it should be noted that I wrote a 25 page paper on Homo floresiensis just because they are called ‘hobbits’).  

About Stephanie


Hello! I’m Stephanie, and I’m a senior studying Archaeology, Human Evolutionary Biology, and Medical Anthropology & Global Health here at the University of Washington. My daily commute is about six hours long. The best part is the ferry, and occasionally being slowed down by a pod of Orcas. I began the running start program my senior year of high school, and obtained my Associate’s degree at Tacoma Community College in 2013. Afterward, I took some prerequisites at Olympic College for a year and volunteered in the cadaver lab for two quarters. I then transferred to the university in Fall of 2014. I first became interested in archaeology after reading a National Geographic article on Otzi, The Iceman. I don’t have a specific focus in archaeology just yet, but I have a few different interests. 

About Beatrice

From rugged beginnings navigating the Midwestern soup my parents elected to raise me in (soup ingredients including: Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota), to the rainy,

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetPatagonia-clad city of Seattle in which I now attend the University of Washington, one thing has remained unchanged- my love of finding dead things. I give credit mostly to the entertainment options, or lack there of, in Iowa. After all, scrutinizing my backyard for animal bones and turtle shells was more fun than trying to roll hay bails.

Once I started my undergraduate journey at UW, blindly sampling classes, I found myself in an Introduction to Archaeology class. This was the first time it dawned on me that my mildly creepy hobby could be a more than just a reason to keep my eyes glued to the ground on nature hikes. After this realization, I jetted off to Mallorca, Spain to participate in the Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology Project (LEIAP), which was equal parts excavation and survey. Upon my return to Seattle, I experienced archaeology withdrawals, so as any couple recovering from an untimely end would do, we got back together. I am now designing an exploratory research project involving macroscopic analysis of the handmade pottery sherds collected during survey.

When I’m not interrogating nature for dead things to admire, I enjoy equally wild activities like knitting, online shopping, and FaceTiming my pug, Franklin.  img_9641

About Emily


Emily is a third year undergrad double majoring in Archaeology and American Indian Studies. She was born and raised in the greater Seattle area, but just moved to the city this year after transferring from Highline College, where she earned an Associates of Arts in Anthropology. She is still exploring her specific research interests, but at this point she is particularly interested in indigenous archaeology.

blogShe loves travelingg, hiking and collecting action figures. She has travelled to South Korea, Iceland and Switzerland and looks forward to traveling more in the future.


About Me – Courtney

Hello, my name is Courtney and I’m a junior undergrad. This is my first year at the University of Washington, having previously received my Associates in anthropology from Olympic College. I am majoring in archaeology and minoring in history. I worked for many years in jobs I didn’t really enjoy before making the decision to pursue an education in disciplines that actually excited and challenged me. My particular areas of academic interest are the Roman occupation of Britain, Neolithic settlements of Scotland, and the study of European medieval society. Love of museums and artifact preservation has me leaning towards graduate work in museology.

My hobbies include traveling and experiencing new places, binge watching over-the-top costume dramas (despite their blatant historical inaccuracies), and trying to keep my book hoarding under control. Currently, I am on a mission to find the perfect, most unique Eggs Benedict in Seattle so as to justify my brunch obsession with a goal-oriented purpose.

The Earl's Palace - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

Mike – About Me

My first exposure to archaeology and anthropology was through frequent visits to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where I grew up. This lead to a lifelong interest in the human and ecological past. I’m pursuing a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeological Sciences. I am particularly interested in deep time and the Pleistocene interactions of humans, animals, and their environments. Outside of my academic pursuits, I play the guitar, wrangle cats, and enjoy cooking and exploring the mountains and coasts of the Pacific Northwest. I am not humble about my excellent chili and pulled pork recipes.

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Yoli’s Bio

yoliscubaI have not always been an archaeologist. I started my academic career in audio, video, and animation. After a few years of freelance videography, I realized one, that filming weddings every weekend is absolutely soul-sucking, and two, that I needed to be challenged again. I took a few scuba diving classes and (re)discovered a love for underwater/maritime archaeology. In undergrad I finished multiple research projects which led me away from underwater archaeology and more toward my strengths of digital media production. I finished a B.S. in archaeological studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2014. I made the decision to apply for graduate school and boom! I just finished my second year as an archaeology graduate student at the University of Washington. My research interests are museum curation, landscape archaeology, geophysical survey, Indigenous archaeology, GIS, and Northwest Coast Archaeology.

Hollis’ Bio

Hello! My name is Hollis and I am an archaeology grad student at UW. I grew up and went to college in Pennsylvania, where I studied geology and anthropology. Although initially interested in the study of past climates, I eventually found my path to archaeology as a way to use both my geological and anthropological trainings. My research interests revolve around people and their interactions with the environment. For instance, I am curious about how people use their social connections in order to navigate or mediate climatic or environmental change. I am also interested in community-based methods and strategies in archaeology.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am a music lover (with an actual CD collection!), a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatic, and the proud owner of the cutest cat in the Pacific Northwest.


Tessa O. Bio


Hello, my name is Tessa. I am a senior archaeology student here at UW, having transferred from Peninsula College in Port Angeles in the fall of 2015. I grew up in Oceanside, CA and joined the United States Coast Guard right out of high school. My adventures in the Coast Guard took me all over Alaska, from the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean, to Hawaii and New York City. After completing my time in the Coast Guard as an Operations Specialist I moved to Port Angeles, WA to begin my studies and decided that my next great adventure would be archaeology!

Some of my hobbies include reading, traveling and going on hikes with my rescue dog Patch. I have not settled on a specific area of study in archaeology (I know, I should probably get on that), but I have always been politically active and am interested in the effects of colonialism on marginalized peoples.