My current work is examining the Late Woodland period occupations at the Topper Site (38AL23), Allendale, SC. Specifically, I am exploring the complex nature of the transition between the Late Woodland period and the Early Mississippian period in the middle Savannah River Valley, and by extension the Atlantic Coastal Plain. To address this transition I have incorporated a combination of geographic information systems (GIS), Bayesian chronological modeling, artifact and paleoethnobotanical analyses, archaeometric methods, and theories concerning boundaries, borders, and landscapes. I am particularly interested in examining the timing of the adoption of maize into the suite of prehistoric Southeastern cultigens and how this adoption correlates, but not causes, the eventual rise of both agricultural practices and hierarchical social complexity within the region.

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, 2005
  • B.A., Anthropology, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY, 2008
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Tennessee, 2016
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Tennessee, current