I study household behaviors, community diversity, and settlement heterogeneity in order to build anthropological models of urban development and change. Focusing primarily on house and settlement data, I mostly work with the cities of ancient Greece in the first millennium BCE, although I have also studied pre-Hispanic Mexico and Roman Britain. I work with artifacts as part of my research into community diversity in order to understand the variability in household practices, including understanding textile production and consumption as well as the processing, cooking, and eating of food as visible in the ceramic record.
Theoretically and methodologically, much of my work is based on methods from network theory, information theory, game theory, and statistical inference. I also implement and develop quantitative approaches to understanding variability within and between settlements to fill in gaps in the way archaeologists have used statistics.
Households and Behavior
Use-wear at Olynthus (Summer 2017-onward)
Starting in the summer of 2017 I will be involved in documenting use-wear on ceramics from the current Olynthus project in order to better understand cooking techniques as well as the differential use of consumption vessels. I will also be documenting wear on vessels from previous excavations. Project homepage...
Textiles at Karanis (Fall 2016-ongoing)
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
Community Diversity at Metaponto (Fall 2016-ongoing)
Using the published survey and excavation data, I have been examining the diversity of household form and behavior at Metaponto in order to better understand the underlying heterogeneity of the community and the relationship between rural-urban migration, growth, and decline and the strategies individual households used in the chora. This work will be presented at CAA 2017 in Atlanta and will form a future article.
Azoria Project GIS (Summer 2014-ongoing):
As the topographer and GIS specialist for the Azoria Project, I have been working 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...