I am an archaeologist with a particular interest in the expression of power, status and identity through material culture. Courses I have taught include Applied Archaeology, Colonial Archaeology,Experimental Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology, and World Archaeology. I have a particular interest in the built environment and landscape. I regularly collaborate with Michael "Bodhi" Rogers from the Ithaca College Physics and Astronomy Department. Our recent work has centered on 3D laser scanning of historic structures.
My current research project studies status and power in material culture in medieval Europe. In 2016, a team including Ithaca College students went to Trim, Ireland, to record and document the surviving medieval structures and landscapes from the medieval era. The most prominent component was Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. I presented the preliminary results of this work in July of 2016 at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, where I compared the castles of conquest, like those of Ireland and England, with the castles of factionalism in medieval Bavaria.
I am also an experimental archaeologist, with 25 years experience as a studio potter. I use this knowledge as part of a research program in food production, looking at medieval Europe in particular, and in improving archaeological interpretation of material remains.
I collaborated with Michael Twomey of the Ithaca College Department of English on a study of the houses in the Miller and Reeve's tales in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. This research was published in the Chaucer Review in 2016.