Veronica Peterson, Archaeologist

I am a PhD student in anthropology at Harvard University studying foodways and the historical archaeology of the Chinese Diaspora. In other words, I combine archival research, oral history, and archaeological science to look at choices and changes in how people eat as they move around the world.

Although I love to dig, I work mostly with existing collections. Some projects I am involved with include the Cangdong Village Project, Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters Site, and Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project. See a full list of current and former projects here.

Formerly in trust and investment management. Bird lover. All illustrations were drawn by my grandmother, Zhang Qi.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Peterson, Veronica 2019
    Remembering the Forgotten Chinese Railroad Workers: Archaeologists help modern descendants of Chinese railroad laborers commemorate their ancestors” in SAPIENS.
  • Peterson, Veronica 2020
    “Community Collaboration is Commemoration at the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters” presented at the 2020 Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Boston, MA.

Technical Report Editing and Design

I am available to design and edit archaeological project publications and technical reports (see the Cangdong Village Project for examples). Please email me for more information. My CV is here.