Project Staff


Battlefields of the Pequot War

The Battlefields of the Pequot War project is a multi-year effort which has benefited from the assistance and expertise of not only a core group of Pequot Museum staff members, but from innumerous Consultants, Volunteers, and Interns throughout the years.

The following is an updated directory of ABPP staff for the 2015-2016 project season:

Project Director

Kevin McBride, Ph. D., Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut.  Kevin has worked as the Project Director of the Battlefields of the Pequot War project since the project began in 2007.

Dr. McBride specializes in the Colonial & Native American Archeology in the Northeast and during the course of this project he has focused on applying Battlefield Archeology and remote sensing techniques to the region.  Kevin is the author of several articles and book chapters and lead author of all ABPP research projects.MPMRC - CHS Exhibit Image


Roberta Charpentier, Archeology Lab Supervisor.  Roberta is the MPMRC Archeology Lab Supervisor and is a staff archeologist at the MPMRC.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut in Anthropology and supervises the conservation and cataloging of artifacts for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.  Roberta has been involved with the Battlefields of the Pequot War project since 2007.

David Naumec, Senior Researcher, Military Historian & Archeologist. David has worked with Battlefields of the Pequot War since 2007.  He completed a B.A. from University of Connecticut in Public History, a Master’s Degree in History & Museum studies from Tufts University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He specializes in Connecticut history and early American history.   David currently assists with historical research, the interpretation of battlefield events, material culture research and archeological excavations.

Ashley Bissonnette, Ph.D., Senior Researcher with Battlefields of the Pequot War and has worked with Battlefields of the Pequot War since 2007.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, master’s degree in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University and completed her Ph.D. at Salve Regina University. Her research with Battlefields of the Pequot War includes the literary analysis and historiography of primary and secondary sources, Colonial Trauma, and Pequot War soldier identification.


Noah Fellman, G.I.S. Specialist & Archeologist.  Noah completed his bachelor’s degree in geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has worked with Battlefields of the Pequot War project since 2008 and specializes in GIS fieldwork, surveying and integrating GIS and GPS technology with MPMRC archeological field methods.

Kathleen Z. Boushee, Archeologist and Laboratory Technician.  Kathleen has worked with Battlefields of the Pequot War since 2008. She has worked as a graphic artist for twelve years and served as a Survey Technician for five years before joining the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.  Kathleen has worked on numerous archeological excavations at Mashantucket and assists with the cataloging and conservation of Pequot War battlefield objects.

Heather Manwaring, Archeologist and Laboratory Technician. Heather has worked with Battlefields of the Pequot War since 2010.  Heather completed her B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. She  has worked on several Battlefields of Pequot War projects including archeological excavations, cataloguing artifacts, material culture research, and photo documenting objects.

Amara Litten, Archeologist and Laboratory Technician.  Amara has worked with Battlefields of the Pequot War since 2012.  She holds a B.A. in Classics from Siena College, M.A. in Archeology from Newcastle University and has worked on several Battlefields of Pequot War projects assisting in the field and cataloguing artifacts.

Yankee Territory Coinshooters (YTC)

The participation of a core groups of YTC members and occasional volunteers has been absolutely critical to the success of this project.  YTC is a group consisting of highly skilled metal detectorists.  Their expertise has allowed researchers from the MPMRC to quickly assess the integrity of any battlefield site.

We would like to thank the following YTC members for devoting so much of their time to this project and apologize for anyone we have forgotten!

  • Robert Brock
  • Mike Horan
  • Ken Gudernatch
  • Tom Kunkler
  • Dan LaMontagne
  • George Pecia
  • Joe Waldron

Mike Horen & Dan LaMontange