I study household behavior, community diversity, and settlement heterogeneity in order to build anthropological models and historical explanations of urban development and change. I mostly work with the ancient Greek world in the first millennium BCE, although I have interests in pre-Hispanic Mexico and the southwestern United States. I work with textile production and use as well as the processing, cooking, and eating of food visible in the ceramic record in order to elucidate variability in essential household practices.
Much of my work supplements traditional archaeological approaches with methods from network theory, information theory, game theory, and statistical inference. I develop novel quantitative approaches to the fragmentary material record to supplement standard tests and inferences.
Households and Behavior
Use-alteration at Olynthus (Summer 2017-present)
Starting in the summer of 2017 I have been involved in documenting use-alteration on ceramics from the current Olynthus project and the materials from the 1920s and 1930s excavations led by David Robinson. Physical alterations to ceramic surfaces reflect varied cooking techniques as well as the differential manipulation of contents within serving and dining vessels. Project homepage...
Textiles at Karanis (Fall 2016-present)
Mike Koletsos and I have been documenting the textile production equipment from Karanis currently housed at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in order to enable comparisons between the tools and the thousands of threads and fabrics stored and documented from the site. We presented our preliminary results on spinning at the AIA Annual Meeting in Toronto in January 2017, and will continue to work on these materials as well as the weaving equipment over the next years.
Cities and Communities
Household agency and community dynamics (Fall 2018 - present):
This project focuses on the intersection between the long-term settlement dynamics of communities and the decisions households make concerning daily practice, interaction, and residence. Using regional case studies from across the ancient Greek world, I combine the record of household behaviors with residency and relocation inferred from the distribution of habitation sites across the landscape. This enables a multiscalar perspective on the processes of community behavioral definition and change, addressing questions such as the relationship between nucleation, urbanism, and shared practices, as well as how communities differentiate or assimilate behavioral conventions. I am writing about this topic for my dissertation, with the intent of expanding this project to become a monograph in the future.
Azoria Project GIS (Summer 2014-Summer 2018):
As the topographer and GIS specialist for the Azoria Project, I worked on integrating the existing database architecture and maps into a geospatial framework. During the summer, I use our DGPS (differential GPS) to map architecture, finds, pottery, and soil samples and construct daily plans for excavators. Using updates to the digital block plan, I've begun linking the small finds to their original contexts, allowing for on-the-fly mapping and analysis of significant contexts from across the site. Analysis of these will appear in a publication by Mann and Cabaniss in the future and appeared in my honors thesis on the topic of Archaic Greek urbanism. Project homepage...