Lithic and Ceramic Specialist
Jay Gray joined CRA in 2012 and serves as a Principal Investigator in the Shreveport, Louisiana office. He is responsible for coordination with state and federal agencies and private sector clients, technical writing of project reports, and personnel management. He holds an M.A. in anthropology with an emphasis on public archaeology and has more than fifteen years of archaeological experience in the Southeastern United States. He has supervised and reported on multiple large- and small-scale surveys, NRHP site eligibility testing, and data recovery projects.
Originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana, Jay attended undergraduate studies in anthropology at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served as an archaeological assistant to the development of the Cane River Creole National Heritage Area. After working for a couple of years as a field and lab technician, he attended graduate school at the University of Memphis where he served as a graduate assistant at the Chucalissa site and C.H. Nash Museum. Jay has worked as a professional archaeologist contributing to cultural resources projects in Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky but most of his supervisory experience has been in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He has worked extensively at coordinating and overseeing all phases of archaeological investigations on large military installations. His primary areas of interest include pre-contact land use and archaeological site structure, hunter-gatherer settlement systems, and late pre-contact societies.
Jay’s activities outside of archaeology include day hiking and backpacking, trail running and trail biking, fishing, gardening, cooking, and brewing beer. He also enjoys spending time in natural areas learning to identify local flora and fauna with his wife Stacy.