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Brandon Righi

Class of 2007
Major/Minor
History, Political Science

From graduate school in history, to living abroad for a year, to taking on the business world in New York City…since graduation my experiences have been diverse and, at times, challenging. But what I find consistently contributes to success are the critical thinking, writing, and social skills––and general open-mindedness––that I gained at Washington College.

Needless to say, I have fond memories.

After WC I attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., for my Master’s in history. After that came marriage, and an impromptu move to Cork, Ireland, on a one-year work permit (in the midst of the economic crisis, no less). My wife and I luckily found work on the Emerald Isle and had an excellent year of cultural immersion, travel, and, yes, work. Since late 2010 I have lived in the New York City area––a great experience so far.

Currently a business analyst in the NYC region, I am looking forward to an Eastern Shore-style break for our five year reunion in May 2012. Stay in touch with our Reunion Committee and let your ideas be known for what you would like our anniversary experience to be like. See you then!

Cater Society Of Junior Fellows Research

My name is Brandon Righi, and I am a History major with a Political Science minor.

I had the opportunity, thanks to the Cater Society of Junior Fellows, to participate in the Washington College Archaeology Field School, administered by John Seidel and the Anthropology department. The goal of this annual field school is to give students a chance to do real archaeology and field survey, and to explore and expand the archaeological record of the Kent County and Delmarva region. This year, as in summers past, the Field School was looking for physical evidence of Native American settlement in northern Kent County; specifically, we hoped to find traces of the village of the Tockwogh Indians. We know the rough location of this village thanks to John Smith, who explored the Chesapeake Bay region in his famous expedition of 1608-09.

The Field School was my first exposure to archaeology, and I learned quite a bit about its proper practice and technique. We worked at a dig in Anne Arundel County for two days, and visited locations of past large-scale excavations. The majority of our activity, however, was field survey, literally walking through cultivated fields looking for surface artifacts. Much to my surprise, this technique proved successful, as we found well over twenty discernable sites of past Native American habitation, as well as some colonial European sites. While the contact-era village of Tockwogh was not located, the experience proved to be enlightening, increasing my awareness of the local historical and archaeological record, and how accessible the field of archaeology can be to even a novice.

I could go on about the intellectual rewards of the Field School, but I will finish with once again thanking the Society of Junior Fellows for the generous grant I was awarded.