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Research interests: Early villages, interaction, social landscapes, Southeast US, public archaeology
My research addresses community interaction and integration in the Appalachian Summit during the Middle Woodland Period (300 BC–AD 800). For my dissertation, I am working at the Garden Creek Mound and Village site in western North Carolina to elucidate the social context of early monument construction. In addition to re-analyzing collections from Mound No. 2 (a platform mound excavated in the 1960s), I am using geophysical survey techniques and a targeted excavation strategy to assess diachronic changes in social practices across the site that may be related to mound building. This project also entails considerable collaboration with neighborhood residents who live on the site today, which has generated opportunities to engage the public with archaeology. While my research interests currently reside in the Southeast US, I have previously worked on archaeological projects in Portugal, Romania, Peru, and Michigan, and have conducted laboratory research on collections from Canada, Michigan, and Puerto Rico.
(in prep) Under the Mound: The Early Life History of the Garden Creek Mound No. 2 Site. In Social Landscapes of the Early and Middle Woodland Southeast. Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry, eds.
Museum of Anthropology
Ruthven Museums Building1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan