Field

Cayla Colclasure

cbcolclasure@crimson.ua.edu |

I earned a BA in anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 2017. I am a first-year MA student at the University of Alabama working with Dr. Elliot Blair. My thesis research focuses on invertebrate remains from Guale communities on St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia, during the period of interaction with the Mission de Santa Catalina de Guale. I am analyzing the invertebrate faunal assemblages from several contemporaneous Guale communities on the island, which will be juxtaposed in order to understand the various implications of these differences and how they may reflect upon these communities’ relationships with the mission. These invertebrate faunal assemblages will also be compared to Mississippian samples from St. Catherine’s to observe the changes in shellfish collection and consumption throughout time, and assess the impact of the mission economy on traditional subsistence practices.

Taylor Lawhon

tdlawhon@crimson.ua.edu |

My focus in on Latin American archaeology, specifically Maya archaeology. For the past two summers I have traveled to Belize with my advisor Dr. LeCount to conduct ceramic analysis on pottery from the site of Actuncan. In particular I am examining ceramics from Actuncan’s noble palace in an effort to better understand who inhabited the palace, and the function of different rooms within the palace.

Natalie Mooney

nnmooney@crimson.ua.edu |

I received a B.S. in History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of West Alabama in May 2017. Presently, I will be a first year Master’s student under the advisement of Dr. Ian Brown with a specialization in Archaeology. Thanks to my time at my undergraduate university, I have a particular set of research interests, interests that I have acquired over a very long four years. This includes the archaeology of slave houses specifically within the Black Belt. Personally, I would like to determine if the archaeology of slave houses within the Black Belt is significantly different from other areas in Alabama and continue to add to the Black Belt Slave Housing Survey, in which I participated underneath Dr. Ashley Dumas. I am also intrigued by the living conditions of freed men after the Civil War and if there is any archaeological variance between the years prior to, during, and after the war as many slaves continued to live in the same quarters and work, with pay, for their old masters. I also interned as a 3D prototyping technician within the Black Belt Museum where my job was to create original 3D scans and then format them into printable 3D models. This is extremely useful for a variety of reasons, the least of which is that this is a new form of preservation and it is possible to accurately and visually record excavations and I would like to continue to apply this technology within my research. Finally, I have an interest in historiography and I would like to determine whether the histories on slaves and the Old South adjust because of a modification of cultural values and or the events occurring at the time when the history was written and the effects of these histories on interracial relationships within communities. Other than that, I enjoy a nice cup of coffee, being incredibly long-winded, and watching (or playing) a good game of soccer.

Wade Tidwell

tidwe018@crimson.ua.edu |

I am a Masters student with a focus in Archaeology. My research interests are the Maya lowlands and remote sensing techniques. My advisor is Dr. Lisa LeCount and I will be working with her at the site of Actuncan, Belize excavating anomalies identified through analysis of magnetometry data.

I received my first undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Alabama in 2007.  I worked as a financial advisor and then a construction superintendent before returning to college in 2015 to attain a degree in Anthropology.  

Kevin Pierce Wright

kpwright@crimson.ua.edu |

I am a masters student interested in prehistoric complex societies of the American Southeast. My research focuses on using non-destructive spectrographic analyses methods, such as XRF, on historic Choctaw ceramics from Mississippi. I first became interested in anthropology at Wake Forest University when I took an introduction to archaeology course. Soon afterwards, I found myself volunteering in my professor’s lab washing artifacts! I am very excited to be working at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide!