Elyse M. Adams

Elyse M. Adams

Elyse M. Adams

Administrative Assistant

Bioarchaeology, Paleopathology, Biological Anthropology

Elyse is a Graduate Researcher and Administrative Assistant for CSSR and IIR, and a Bioarchaeology-focused graduate student with George Mason University’s Sociology and Anthropology department. 

After receiving a BLS in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in 2016, Elyse worked in professional archaeological settings in both museums and cultural resource management firms for six years before choosing to move forward with graduate school. Her current research interests include the bioarchaeological perspective and examination of the human skeleton to explore the complexities of health and biological stressors on past populations. Her current thesis work involves the examination of periostosis of the tibia as a skeletal indicator of biological stress, and comparing these data to socioeconomic and political changes in pre-contact and post-colonial populations recovered archaeologically along the north coast of Peru. 

Selected Publications

The Archaeology And Forgeries Department: A Novel Interdepartmental Approach For Obtaining Historically Accurate Reproductions At George Washington’s Boyhood Home. Mara Kaktins, Elyse Adams, Judith Jobrack, Meghan Budinger. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457435)


MA in Sociology and Anthropology from George Mason University (in progress), expected graduation Spring 2024.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington, December 2016.