Jamestown Yorktown Foundation

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Williamsburg, Virginia


Luke Pecoraro appointed Director of Curatorial Services

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Pecoraro who will be the new Director of Curatorial Services at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF). Pecoraro, a historical archaeologist and former director of archaeology at George Washington's Mount Vernon, assumed the duties of Director of Curatorial Services at JYF on May 10, 2019. Museum Search & Reference ran the nationwide search with the assistance of Gail Nessell-Colglazier.

Pecoraro will be responsible for research, collections management and exhibit development at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, two nationally accredited living-history museums of 17th and 18th-century Virginia administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. 

Pecoraro has worked in cultural resource management archaeology in the mid-Atlantic, the Chesapeake area, and New England on a variety of prehistoric and historic sites, including several years as a Jamestown Rediscovery staff archaeologist at Historic Jamestowne. He currently serves as a research 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. 

Pecoraro, who was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "40 Under 40: People Saving Places," holds doctoral and master's degrees from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Many people helped with this search as nominators, references or candidates, and Gail and Marilyn are grateful to each of them.