Katelyn Coughlan

Virginia Lab Director

Bryn Mawr College , B.A. Anthropology

University of Massachusetts, Boston, M.A. Historical Archaeology


Katelyn Coughlan is the Laboratory Director for CRA’s Virginia office. She supervises daily laboratory operations and collections management as well as oversees artifact processing, research, and analysis for report publication.


Katelyn joined CRA after seven years with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., serving as senior analyst for both Monticello and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). She worked on collections from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Stratford Hall, and James Monroe’s Highland in Virginia, in addition to Trents Plantation in Barbados.


In addition to her laboratory expertise, Katelyn is an experienced field archaeologist having worked for URS Corp (now AECOM). She served as the GIS supervisor for the Massachusetts Historical Commission. While Katelyn’s love for archaeology began as a young child, she truly began her career while an undergraduate working at the National Park Service’s Public Archaeology Lab at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.


Katelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in historical archaeology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research focuses on social inequality, economic class and the purposeful construction of identity. She is particularly interested in the growth of cities in the nineteenth century and the impacts of urban development on archaeological site formation.


When not at work, Katelyn loves to get out of the lab and get outdoors. She spends most of her time with son, fellow archaeologist husband, and their beagle exploring local parks, cooking and baking.