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Faculty Profile

Edmond Boudreaux

Sociology & Anthropology
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY
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565 LAMAR HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-7339
Joined UM: August 20, 2015

Brief Bio

Although my fieldwork and research experiences have included a broad range of topics and temporal periods, much of my work has focused on late prehistoric and Contact period Native American societies of the southeastern United States, especially complex societies of the Mississippian and Late Woodland periods. I am interested in what public and domestic architectural differences can tell us about ancient communities and how social groups interacted to create and maintain communities that persisted for long periods of time. Investigating the construction, use, and evolution of public architecture--especially in the form of earthen monuments such as platform mounds--has been particularly important in my work. Methodologically, my research has involved the use of ceramic, architectural, and mortuary datasets. GIS has provided an invaluable set of analytical tools for organizing these data, and I anticipate that GIS will continue to figure prominently in my research. Although I have little direct experience with remote-sensing applications, I am impressed by their extraordinary potential, and, I look forward to learning about and applying the remote-sensing resources of the Center for Archaeological Research. Much of my research since 2000 has focused on the Town Creek site, a Mississippian civic-ceremonial center in central North Carolina. Important themes in my Town Creek research have included using architectural, mortuary, and ceramic data to identify household groups and explore their persistence through time and exploring the nature of the community's social and political structure through the investigation of domestic and public contexts. Recently, I also have been conducting research in coastal Mississippi at Jackson Landing, an early Late Woodland (A.D. 400-700) site whose public architecture includes a massive earthwork and a platform mound. Investigations at Jackson Landing, which were funded by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, indicate that construction and use of the site's mound occurred during a very brief interval around A.D. 660 when the site was the locus of large-group gatherings that involved moundbuilding and feasting. Recently, I have been collaborating with colleagues to investigate sexual harassment during fieldwork in Southeastern archaeology.

Degrees

BA
Anthropology
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY/ STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI (1994)
PhD
Anthropology
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL/ CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA (2005)