1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences



As an undergraduate, I double-majored in Anthropology and Classics, and was one course short of a minor in geography. I was fortunate to have worked as a zooarchaeological research assistant to Professor Gil Stein for two years, graduated with Anthropology honors, and received Northwestern’s annual Charles D. Hurd award for independent research (archaeology).


My research centers the study of the past (and present) on Indigenous peoples’ knowledges and ongoing relationships with ancestral mound landscapes, working in partnership with descendant peoples of an eastern Muskogee (Creek) community in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Thousands of these earthen mounds sit across eastern North America, constructed by Native American peoples over the previous five thousand years.


Tributes for Jim can be found on the page for the Plymouth Colony Site


Geographically I am interested in African archaeology broadly, although recently I have adopted a focus in Eastern Africa on the Swahili coast. Fortunately, because of the nature of the coastal population's interregional links this necessitates a concern with the interior of Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as with the wider Indian Ocean world. I am interested in exploring regional variation along the coast.


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