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Area of Interest:

Archaeology of the Southeastern United States, the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama, and Newfoundland-Labrador, Canada; hunter-gatherers, materiality, identity and gender, exploratory data analysis, biaorchaeology, forensic anthropology and human rights, and the anthropology of warfare.


B.S. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2000.

M.A. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2003.

Research & Activities:

My research concerns the use of mortuary ritual in community-building efforts, human osteology, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, and materiality. I am currently trying my hand at tying these topics together for a dissertation on  Archaic period (10,000 – 3,000 B.P.) hunter-gatherer communities in the Middle Tennessee River Valley of northern Alabama.