Jake Thatcher

Field Supervisor

University of Maryland University College, B.A. Humanities

The George Washington University, M.A. Anthropology


Jake, originally from southern Ohio, became obsessed with archaeology after watching the Indiana Jones trilogy when he was a child. Visiting numerous museums and digging an uncountable amount of holes throughout his parents’ yard he knew he was destined for digging in the dirt. After graduating high school, Jake joined the U.S. Navy in 2011.


In 2015, after being honorably discharged from the Navy, Jake began his undergraduate degree at University of Maryland University College. In December 2016, Jake graduated with a B.A. in Humanities and began his graduate degree in January 2017. He earned his Masters from The George Washington University in 2018 focusing in archaeological theories and methods. He has worked on various archaeological projects with many focusing on maritime history. Since graduating from GWU, Jake has earned his commercial diving certification to aid in potential submersed archaeological investigations. Jake began working with CRA in February 2019, serving as a full-time archaeologist in the Lexington, KY office. His roles and responsibilities include surveying, excavating, and report writing.


When not in the field, Jake is playing rugby with the Lexington Blackstones. He can also be found scuba diving recreationally or learning about the history of piracy.