1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Lee Bloch

Fieldwork Completed

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

Haytham Althubaiti
Pre-Fieldwork
Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Conducting Field Research
Jeffrey Attridge
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Barnes
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Fieldwork Completed
Lee Bloch
Fieldwork Completed
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Tracie Canada
Conducting Field Research
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Brandon Dillard
Pre-Fieldwork
Bremen Donovan
Conducting Field Research
Grace East
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Conducting Field Research
Anna Eisenstein
Fieldwork Completed
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
Macario Garcia
Fieldwork Completed
Ann Githinji
Fieldwork Completed
Julia Jong Haines
Completed Fieldwork
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Erin Jordan
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Zachary McKeeby
Pre-Fieldwork
Michelle Morgenstern
Conducting Field Research
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Fieldwork Completed
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Natalie Pope
Pre-Fieldwork
Xiaolei Qu
Pre-Fieldwork
Saad Quasem
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Jessica Rigney
Pre-Fieldwork
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Gregory Sollish
Pre-Fieldwork
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Conducting Field Research
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Uzma Zafar
Pre-Fieldwork
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork