Clara Summa

Louisiana Lab Director

Binghamton University, M.A. Public Archaeology

Mercyhurst University, B.S. Anthropology

Mercyhurst University, B.A. Public History


Clara Summa joined CRA in 2020 and serves as the Laboratory Director in the Shreveport, Louisiana office. She is responsible for analyzing prehistoric and historic artifacts, curating artifact assemblages, contributing to reports, and supervising laboratory processes.


Originally from Rochester, New York, Clara completed a dual undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Public History from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She then joined the ranks of CRM, completing fieldwork throughout New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Florida. Following her time in the field, Clara became the Laboratory Director for the Aucilla Research Institute, where she was responsible for the processing of collections from Wakulla Springs State Park as well as public engagement. This, in addition to her previous Phase III experience in Florida, sparked an interest in Florida’s Paleoindian/Early Archaic time periods and underwater archaeology. Clara was fortunate enough to participate in an underwater archaeological excavation in the Aucilla River, during which 104 bone tools were identified and recovered. She then researched this bone tool collection for her Master’s thesis, and developed a method using ArcMap to document the patterning of striations on bone tools in order to develop hypotheses regarding tool manufacture and use.


In her free time, Clara enjoys reading, scuba diving, visiting museums, and baking.