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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

Anthropology M.A. Theses

The following is a list of recent Anthropology M.A. graduates and their theses. PDF copies of theses are available via ProQuest, but you will need to log in through the University of Mississippi’s WedID system. Older theses available through the University of Mississippi Libraries’ Sociology & Anthropology theses archive.

2022…Coming soon!

  • Riley Freeman (August) “Excavating Ethnohistory: Archaeological Signatures of Ceremony in the Southeast” 
  • Matthew Perry (August) “Regional Variations in Gravel-Based Lithic Economies: Archaeological Investigations at Stark Farm (22OK778) and Grand Village (22AD501)”
  • Cheyenne Bennett (May) “Transforming Place: The Socio-Environmental Afterlives of Tellico”


  • Daniel Shawl. “Chronology of the Fatherland Site, a New Perspective from Mound E”
  • Shannon Wooten. “Relationship on the Frontier: A Ceramic Analysis of Carter Robinson (44LE12) Mound Sites”
  • Bryce Krumcke. “Time and Place at Prospect Hill: A Phase I Survey of a Historic Plantation”
  • Martha Grace Mize. “Revitalization in the Alabama Black Belt: Cultivation of a New Civic Hegemony in Rural Main Street America”
  • Raychel Durdin. “A Diagnosis of Cribra Orbitalia and Porotic Hyperostosis Using Cranial Vault Thickness


  • Harris, Jacob. “Bone Tool Technologies at the Terminal Classic Maya Site Ucanal, Guatemala.”
  • Smith, Rachel. “Isotopic Analysis of Human Migration among the Ancient Maya of Ambergris Caye, Belize.”
  • Street, Dakota. “A Ceramic Analysis of the Mound A Enclosure at Carson Mounds, Coahoma County, Mississippi (22CO518).”
  • Utley, Wilson. “An Attribute Analysis of Pottery from the Stark Farm Site in Northeast Mississippi.”


  • Bryant, Hamilton. “Crafting Discoidals on the Frontier: Production and Identity in Southwest Virginia.”
  • Davis, Ben. “Household and Changing Use of Space at the Transitional Early Mississippian Austin Site.”
  • Stewart, Caitlin. “Minimum Number of Individuals: A Methodological Comparison using Human Remains from Caves Branch Rockshelter in the Cayo District of Belize.”
  • Zechman, Hannah D. “Archaeological Investigations at a Mississippian Platform Mound Site in Lowndes County, Mississippi.”


  • Capps, Dalton. “Searching through Debris: A Mass Lithic Analysis from the Carter Robinson Mound Site in Lee County, Virginia.”
  • Davidson, Suzanne Renee. “African American Roots Tourism at ‘Home:’ History, Memory, and Heritage in Holly Springs, Mississippi.”
  • Mattson, Lacy Nicole. “Community Connections: Public Outreach and Education at the Batesville Mounds Site.”
  • Warner, Emily. “Analysis of Prehistoric Ceramics from a Fourteenth-Century Native American House, Carter Robinson Site (44LE10), Lee County, Virginia.”s in Northeast Mississippi.”


  • Clark, Emily. “The Analysis of the Contact-Era Settlements in Clay, Lowndes, and Oktibbeha Counties in Northeast Mississippi.”
  • Coggin, Gabrielle. Research at the Catacombs of Santa Lucia (St. Lucy), Syracuse, Sicily.
  • Meyer, Grace. “Into Ireland: An Analysis of Cultural Hybridity, Immigration, Food, and Place in the Silicon Docks Market in Dublin, Ireland.”
  • Smith, Allison M. “Sherds with Style: A Ceramic Analysis from a Protohistoric Site in Okitbbeha County, Mississippi.”
  • Issacs, Morgan. “Fluorine dating of human bone at the pre-Columbian Maya cemetery of Caves Branch Rockshelter, Belize.”


  • Billstrand, Nicholas. “Linearly stressed to death: Consideration of early childhood stress as a main contributor to the regional variability in classic Maya mortuary profiles.” ProQuest/UMI:10160607
  • Gardner, Garreth Blake. “Project meshnet and the politics of scientific practice.” ProQuest/UMI:10127500
  • Orsini, Stephanie R. “From turkeys to tamales: Paleoindian to Preclassic period faunal use at Maya Hak Cab Pek rockshelter in southern Belize.” ProQuest/UMI:10127482
  • Howell, Cameron Smith. “A comparison of shovel testing and surface collection as archaeological site discovery methods: A case study using Mississippian farmsteads.” ProQuest/UMI:10127499
  • Waalk, Jacob. “Pocket monsters and pirate treasure: Fantasy and social platforms in the 21st century.” ProQuest/UMI:10127297


  • Broughton, Whitney. “Childhood growth in an Oneonta community: Examining long bone growth differencecs in the juveniles at Norris Farms 36.” ProQuest/UMI:1573518
  • Butz, Samuel Henri. “Excavations of Mound B: A ridge-top mound at the Carson site, a Mississippian mound center in the Northern Yazoo Basin.” ProQuest/UMI:1591228
  • Harrison, Kimberly Nicole. “Temper, mounds, and palisades: the Walford site (22SU501) of Sunflower County, Mississippi.” ProQuest/UMI:1591249
  • McLeod, Todd. “Developing an architectural sequence for a portion of the Mound A enclosure at the Carson Mound Group, Coahoma County, Mississippi.” ProQuest/UMI:1601201
  • Martin, Paul. “An Evaluation of Geohysical Methods in the Detection of Toddler-Sized Burials during teh First Six MOnths of Burials.


  • Cureton, Travis B. “Cohonina social organization and the role of forts in integration and interaction: A view from the Pittsberg community.” ProQuest/UMI:1560806
  • Stewart, Hanna. “From the mouths of Mississippian: Determining biological affinity between the Oliver site (22-Co-503) and the Hollywood site (22-Tu-500).” ProQuest/UMI:1566369
  • Wendt, LeeAnne J. “Understanding Strawberry Plains through landscape archaeology.” ProQuest/UMI:1566379