1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Lee Bloch

Conducting Field Research

BA, New College of Florida, 2011

MA, University of Virginia, 2014

P.O. Box 400120

My research investigates contemporary Muskogee (Creek) histories and ways of living with history, particularly relationships to and interpretations of ancestral material culture and landscapes. This collaborative project with a tribal town in North Florida combines archaeological and ethnographic methodologies and focuses on the Mississippian period in Florida and Georgia (circa 1050-1600, depending on the area). The ethnographic component of this project includes the study of oral histories and contemporary sacred cycles, although I am particularly interested in community interpretations of Mississippian period mortuary art. Contrasting with the prestige and mythological models privileged in the archaeological literature (in which mortuary goods are interpreted in terms of hierarchical social organization or representation of mythology and the "supernatural"), my Muskogee hosts tend to see these very same images as expressions of mourning and cosmological, creative process (sex, pollination, birth, and growth) - that is, the motion of life itself. What philosophies of death, nature, materiality, and being might emerge between ancestral ways, contemporary ways, and community reflection? How might these illuminate the hidden cultural, ontological, and metaphysical frames dominant in current research and ground alternative ways of going about archaeology?

Specializations

Collaborative and Indigenous archaeologies, ethnographic archaeology and archaeological ethnography postcolonialism, gender and sexuality, human and non-human relationships, death and dying, Southeastern Native American peoples, Mississippian archaeology

Graduate Students

Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Barnes
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Conducting Field Research
Lee Bloch
Conducting Field Research
Jessica Boynton
Pre-Fieldwork
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Burnett
Pre-Fieldwork
Tracie Canada
Pre-Fieldwork
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Lucas de Carvalho
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Brandon Dillard
Pre-Fieldwork
Bremen Donovan
Pre-Fieldwork
Grace East
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Pre-Fieldwork
Anna Eisenstein
Conducting Field Research
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
David Flood
Fieldwork Completed
Macario Garcia
Conducting Field Research
Julia Jong Haines
Conducting Field Research
Beth Hart
Fieldwork Completed
Nathan Hedges
Fieldwork Completed
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Yu-Chien Huang
Fieldwork Completed
Erin Jordan
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Daniel King
Pre-Fieldwork
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Mu Li
Pre-Fieldwork
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Michelle Morgenstern
Pre-Fieldwork
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Conducting Field Research
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Saad Quasem
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Pre-Fieldwork
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Uzma Zafar
Pre-Fieldwork
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork