From 2011 to 2014, I participated in contract work through the cultural resources management office at the Cobb Institute, both excavation (Phase II and III) and laboratory-based. These are some of the projects that I have been involved with as an archaeologist at the Cobb:

22OK1147 (Reed Place Site)

A Late Mississippian and Early Historic site in Starkville, MS, with two daub structures and a well-preserved (but highly fragmentary) faunal assemblage, it was excavated in the summer of 2011 by Cobb Institute staff. I analyzed the vertebrate faunal remains (NISP = 5,829), which are typical of an Eastern Woodlands assemblage: dominated by white-tailed deer, but including a wide range of smaller mammals, reptiles, and birds (at least 29 species total).

Gale Family Cemetery

In the summer of 2012, a backhoe operator uncovered three historic burials (two of which were in iron caskets) while excavating the foundation for a new house in Jackson, MS. The developer agreed to halt construction until the remains could be excavated and transported back to Mississippi State University, where they were processed and analyzed.

University of Mississippi Medical Center Cemetery

Along with co-PIs Nicholas Herrmann and Molly Zuckerman, I supervised the removal of 66 burials (associated with the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum) during road construction between the fall of 2012 and the summer of 2013. Additional remote sensing and test trenching indicated that thousands of additional burials remain on campus, and archaeological survey and monitoring continued through the summer of 2015 as new construction took place. Analysis of the skeletal remains and coffin wood is currently underway. For more information, visit this page about the project.

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