Alicia Gooden

Alicia fell in love with archaeology at a young age, spending all her childhood summers exploring the Manitoba Parkland looking for “treasures” near her parent’s cabin while dreaming of becoming a real-life Indiana Jones. When she started school at Brandon University (BU) in 2006, Alicia began with a BA in English (2010), but found that it was the ancient cultures she was researching that she was truly interested in, and not so much the literature itself. After taking a few ancient language and linguistic classes, and accidentally happening upon the BU archaeology lab, Alicia decided to continue on at BU, completing a BA in Anthropology (2012). After traveling the world and living abroad for a few years, Alicia was accepted to the University of Leicester (U of L) in the United Kingdom and attained her MA Archaeology (2015) under the supervision of the team who excavated and analyzed King Richard III in 2012. Alicia is proud to note that all three of her degrees were earned summa cum laude. Since 2011, Alicia has excavated in Canada, England, and Croatia in a variety of temporal contexts that range from the pre-Hellenistic era to the modern period; however, she is currently concentrating on Precontact sites in southwest Manitoba, and teaches the Archaeology Field School and other sessional Anthropology courses at BU.