In honor of it being ONE WEEK from the best weekend of the year, I would like to introduce to you all the two newest members of SEAC Underground: Jake Lulewicz (University of Georgia) and Ashley Schubert (University of Michigan) who will be taking the place of me and Matt Sanger who have both moved on to jobs! (Yayyyyy jobs!!!)
I cannot wait to see what they (along with Christina and Morgan who have already been rockin’ the SEACUG world) get into in the coming years! To give you a little taste of what you might see coming down the pipeline in the coming years… let me tell you just a little bit of how awesome Jake and Ashley are!
In his words (with my commentary), Jake’s interests are rooted in the construction of social histories as a means to investigate the relational foundations of organizational complexity (a.k.a. really important stuff). His dissertation research focuses on Southern Appalachia (a.k.a. a really cool area) and seeks to develop a network theory of social change between A.D. 700 and 1300 (my very favorite time period). He draws from many methodological applications including social network analysis, Bayesian analysis of radiocarbon data, geophysical and geochemical prospection, settlement pattern analyses and spatial statistics, and archaeometric applications including ceramic petrography and bulk-chemical analyses (yeah, he’s a lot smarter than me!).
In her words (again with my commentary), Ashley’s research focuses at the Cane River site—a prehistoric village in western North Carolina—to study domestic and public practices during early interaction with Mississippian groups. In addition to revisiting collections from Cane River and other previously excavated Pisgah sites, she is utilizing non-invasive geogphysical survey techniques to identify archaeological features (go you! wanna teach me?), and then targeting specific areas for excavation (check out the remarkably awesome photo below). Ashley focuses on the role that cultural interaction plays in initiating and constraining social change. Ashley focuses in the Appalachian Summit (apparently, this is THE area to be right now), during the Pisgah phase of Cherokee prehistory (AD 1000–1500).
I cannot wait to see what these two bring to the table. And perhaps even more importantly, I can’t wait to sit down and chat with them and the rest of the SEAC Underground community in Nashville. See you all there!!!