Jake Shidner graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Anthropology. He worked on a field school at Hontoon Island, an island with a large St. Johns period shell mound system in Florida, as well as in the collections department of the Florida Museum of Natural History. After graduating, he worked for Southeastern Archaeological Research (SEARCH), where he conducted fieldwork throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Williamsburg, VA. His interests are ship construction, maritime history, naval warfare and the use of weapons at sea. Degree and focus: Anthropology, Maritime.