Luke Pecoraro

Research Associate

Luke is a historical archaeologist and is currently employed as the Director for Archaeological Research at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006) a Master’s in archaeology (Boston University, 2010) and a PhD in archaeology (Boston University, 2015). Luke has worked in cultural resource management archaeology in the mid-Atlantic, the Chesapeake and New England on a variety of prehistoric and historic sites, and for several years as a staff archaeologist on the Jamestown Rediscovery project. Research interests include intercolonial migration and trade in the 17th century Chesapeake, relationships between English plantations in Ireland and Virginia, and the settlement of the English Caribbean. Luke is also a project archaeologist for the First Colony Foundation, searching for the 16th century “Lost Colony” on Roanoke Island, and a team member of the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat (SLAM) project in the British West Indies.


PhD Archaeology - Boston University
MA Archaeology - Boston University
BA History - Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional Experience

Director for Archaeological Research - George Washington's Mount Vernon