410D Alumni Hall
Area of Interest:
Historical archaeology of the Chesapeake, craft production, ceramic technology and sourcing, landscape archaeology, archaeology of the African diaspora, Monticello
MA in Anthropology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
BA in Anthropology, The College of William and Mary, 2004.
I am a historical archaeologist working in the Chesapeake region. My research focuses on lead-glazed coarse earthenwares, a type of ceramic produced in great quantity during the colonial period through the mid-nineteenth century. The many potters who made these utilitarian wares are largely absent from historical records. My work uses techniques of chemical analysis to identify the production origins of these wares, in order to link pottery producers to pottery consumers, elucidating networks of trade and the accompanying social and economic relationships.
Research & Activities:
Entered the program in 2008.
2011 An Archaeological Study of Common Coarse Earthenware in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake. Unpublished MA thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2013 Understanding Variation in Utilitarian Ceramic Assemblages of the Chesapeake: The Impacts of Local Production.Scientific Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 2013. Leicester, UK.
2012 Investigating Coarse Earthenware Pottery Production and Distribution in the Historic Chesapeake. Scientific Poster Presented at the Southern Research Circle, The Center for the Study of the American South, October 2012. Chapel Hill, NC.
2012 Sourcing Lead Glazed Coarse Earthenware in Virginia: A Preliminary Discussion. Scientific Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Archeological Society of Virginia, October 2012. Wytheville, VA.
2012 Waste Not: Chemical Characterization of Historic Coarse Earthenware Wasters from North Carolina Kilns. Scientific Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 2012. Memphis, TN.
2011 Trends in Coarse Earthenware Use and Production in the Chesapeake. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, January 2011. Austin, TX.