Hello! My name is Jillian Baker, and I am a third year student at Western University, double majoring in First Nations Studies and English literature. I have spent three terms with the museum now, working as both an Education Assistantduring the year, and the Head Camp Counsellor over the summer. My job ranges across a variety of disciplines, allowing me to both hone my own teaching skills with regards to cultural studies, while also gathering a thorough grounding in the ins and outs of archaeology. When I am not at the museum, I can be found reading a book, or –more likely– eating. I enjoy good quality cheeses and home baked treats.
I am a lover of books, arts, and cultures, and a believer that there is nothing better for the soul than a good cup of hot chocolate. I got my first taste of archaeology, like most people, from the gloriously fictitious Indiana Jones, starring heartthrob Harrison Ford. I later learned that running from boulders and uncovering alien remains is not the norm, especially not for archaeologists in Southwestern Ontario. I have since grown to truly appreciate the subtle and fine art of digging, cleaning, contextualizing and filling out the paper necessary to call oneself akin to Indie; while it is not included in my personal career path, it remains a very well respected science in my eyes.
Come meet me, and my coworkers at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, where history is in your hands!