Prof. Sissel Schroeder

Lab Director

My most current research has four interrelated spheres of study: microhistorical investigation of households, ancient architecture, planned communities, and built landscapes as expressions of social order in which both cosmological canons of design and vernacular traditions of engineering and construction style contribute to architectural variation; ecological and agency-based considerations of emerging sociopolitical complexity among ancient societies in the Midcontinent and Southeast United States; historical ecological efforts at modeling ancient resource productivity; and the history of archaeology as practiced in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century - a time when newly discovered archaeological evidence was used to establish cultural historical meta-narratives that are still in use today in many regions. These questions are being pursued in the context of my fieldwork and collections-based analyses in western Kentucky (the Jonathan Creek site, associated with the Mississippian Tradition), the American Bottom in Illinois (region with intensive Mississippian occupation), and southern Wisconsin (the Skare site, a multicomponent site; Aztalan, associated with the Late Woodland and Mississippian Traditions).

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