Professor

Email: Vin@unc.edu

Phone: (919) 962-6574

Fax:

(919) 962-1613

Office:

109 Alumni Bldg.

Area of Interest:

Archaeology, Political Economy, Chiefdoms, Quantitative Methods, North America.

Education:

Ph.D., Michigan, 1980.

Research & Activities:

Research Background:

Most of my archaeological field work has been in the southeastern United States, primarily in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  A major interest has been to study the political and economic systems of the Mississippian people and their immediate predecessors who lived in these areas between A.D. 700 and the arrival of the Europeans.  My methodological interests lie in ceramic analysis, chronology, iconography, and geological provenance studies.

Present Research:

I am currently directing excavations at the Feltus Mounds, a Coles Creek period (AD 700-1000) civic-ceremonial center near Natchez, Mississippi.  Several other studies are also currently in progress, among them an iconographic study of the effigy pipes from the Lower Mississippi Valley, a co-edited volume on Moundville archaeology, and a monograph on the culture history of the Natchez region.  For further details see the “related link” below.

Selected Publications:

2011 “Mississippian Effigy Pipes and the Glendon Limestone.”  American Antiquity 76(2): 345-354. (Co-authored with David T. Dockery III).

2011 “The Provenance and Use of Etowah Palettes.”  American Antiquity 76(1): 81-106. (Co-authored with Samuel E. Swanson, George Wheeler, and Penelope B. Drooker.)

2011 “Iconography of the Thruston Tablet.” In Visualizing the Sacred: Cosmic Visions, Regionalism, and the Art of the Mississippian World, edited by George E. Lankford, F. Kent Reilly III, and James F. Garber, pp. 137-176. University of Texas Press, Austin. (Co-authored with Vernon J. Knight, Jr., George E. Lankford, Robert V. Sharp, and David H. Dye.)

2011 “A Redefinition of the Hemphill Style in Mississippian Art.” In Visualizing the Sacred: Cosmic Visions, Regionalism, and the Art of the Mississippian World, edited by George E. Lankford, F. Kent Reilly III, and James F. Garber, pp. 201-239. University of Texas Press, Austin. (Co-authored with Vernon J. Knight, Jr.)

2010 “Social and Spatial Dimensions of Moundville Mortuary Practices.” In Mississippian Mortuary Practices: Beyind Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective, edited by Lynne P. Sullivan and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr., pp. 74-89. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (Co-authored with Gregory D. Wilson and Keith Jacobi.)

2009 Ceramics, Chronology, and Community Patterns, An Archaeological Study at Moundville. New edition [reprint of 1983 edition with new preface]. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

2009 “Field Evaluation of Two Subsurface Augering Methods at Moundville.” Southeastern Archaeology 28(2): 259-267. (Co-authored with R.P. Stephen Davis, Jr., and H. Trawick Ward.)

2007 Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom. New edition [reprint of 1998 edition with new preface].  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. (Co-edited with Vernon J. Knight, Jr.)

2006 Stone Quarries and Sourcing in the Carolina Slate Belt. Research Report 25. Research Laboratories of Archaeology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (Co-edited with Jeffrey D. Irwin, Theresa E. McReynolds, and Christopher Moore)

2004 “Moundville Art in Historical and Social Context.” In Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South, edited by Richard F. Townsend and Robert V. Sharp, pp. 166-181. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, and Yale University Press, New Haven. (Co-authored with Vernon J. Knight, Jr.)