I am an anthropological archaeologist focused on Archaic (ca. 10,000-3000 years ago) hunter-gatherers of the Southeastern United States. In particular, I am interested the relationship between landscape modification and community coalescence, dispersion, and ritual practice.
My geographic focus is the freshwater St. Johns River in Northeast Florida, best known for scores of shell mounds constructed by hunter-gatherers. The goal of my field research is to document the histories of Archaic shell mounds, which range from habitation spaces to monumental shell and earthworks, and to place them in their environmental and social contexts. As part of this research I am engaged in the analysis of objects (stone tools and marine shell in particular), which can reveal the origins and connections of involved communities.
As a consequence of this field and museum-based research, I have become increasingly fascinated in the ways that shell mounds and hunter-gatherers informed the emergence of anthropological thought in the 18th and 19th centuries.