David G. Anderson

Dr. David Anderson is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. He has nearly forty years of direct experience in southeastern archaeology, and has written extensively on Paleoindian archaeology in the Southeast, including as co-editor of the only regional synthesis on the subject to date, The Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast (Anderson and Sassaman 1996). He was a major participant in the National Historic Landmark program’s Paleoindian Theme Study for the Eastern United States, and the author of the section covering the Southeastern United States, including the section on how to evaluate Paleoindian sites for NRHP eligibility.

Shane Miller

Shane Miller is a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, specializing in Paleoindian archaeology, lithic technology and spatial analysis. He received his Masters degree in Anthropology in 2007 from the University of Tennessee, with his thesis research documenting Clovis deposits at the Topper Paleoindian site in Allendale, South Carolina, where he was the senior field director for two years. With Anderson, he is a co-director of the online Paleoindian Database of the Americas project. His dissertation research focuses on the relationship between climate change and early hunter-gatherer landscape use in the Cumberland and Tennessee River Valleys.

Tom Pertierra

Tom Pertierra is the Director of Operations for the University of South Carolina’s Southeastern Paleoamerican Survey (SEPAS) program. He is also the founder of SEPAS, Inc. a Direct Support Organization that logistically supports archaeological projects that involve the public in their programs. An avocational archaeologist, Tom has assisted Dr. Albert Goodyear in directing the Topper project in Allendale South Carolina for the past six years. An accomplished flintknapper and excavator, he is an expert on managing project logistics, security, and collections analysis. He specializes in public outreach, which will be a major part of this project. In addition, SEPAS, Inc. provides a broad array of field equipment that will be made available to the Bells Bend project including total stations, hand excavation equipment, a mobile equipment trailer and computerized analysis laboratory.

Thad Bissett

Thad Bissett is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His doctoral research focuses on landscape use and group identity among shellfishing hunter-gatherers in Tennessee during the Middle Archaic (ca. 8,900 to 5,700 years B.P.), using extant collections from shell mounds excavated in the 1930s, and augmented by data from the Bells Bend project. He received his master’s degree in anthropology from Florida State University in 2003. Prior to returning to graduate school in 2007, he worked in the cultural resource management industry, supervising archaeological projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Ashley Smallwood

Ashley M. Smallwood is an archaeologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Georgia. She studies Clovis technology in the Southeast, with a focus on the adaptive context of biface production. Smallwood has excavated at the Topper (SC), Gault (TX), Friedkin (TX), and Dry Creek (AK) Paleoindian sites and analyzed lithic assemblages from other important Clovis sites, including Williamson (VA) and Carson-Conn-Short (TN). Her current research focus is to identify signatures of Southeastern Clovis technology and the organization of the lithic industry to culturally define Clovis in the region. Her research has been funded by National Science Foundation. Significant publications include Clovis Technology and Settlement in the American Southeast Using Biface Analysis to Evaluate Dispersal Models, American Antiquity; Clovis Biface Technology at the Topper site, South Carolina: Evidence for Variation and Technological Flexibility, Journal of Archaeological Science; and A Clovis Workshop in Central Texas: Archaeological Investigations of Excavation Area 8 at the Gault Site, Texas A&M University Press.


Stephen Carmody is a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee specializing in paleoethnobotany. His master's research involved examining Middle Archaic paleobotanical remains from Dust Cave in Northern Alabama. For his dissertation, he is continuing to examine Archaic period paleobotanical remains as a means to reconstruct prehistoric subsistence patterns in the Mid-South.


Tracy Ann Hadlett is a Masters student at the University of Arkansas.  Her research interests including the application of remote sensing and high resolution mapping techniques to better understand the past.  She has experience working at Paleoindian sites in Texas, Tennessee, and South Carolina, as well as other sites that date to later periods in Florida, such as the Weedon Island site and Perry Mound site.  She has also done geophysical work at Spiro Mound in Oklahoma, and Battle Mound and the Prairie Grove Battlefield park in Arkansas. 


Andrew Weidman is a M.A. student at the University of Tennessee. His thesis research focuses on Paleoindian lithic technology at a quarry-related site near Allendale, SC. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Tennessee, he spent several years working on CRM projects throughout the eastern United States.


Martin Walker was born and raised in New York. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and his BA in Anthropology from Lehman College, CUNY. After working as an intern both in the lab and in the field with the American Museum of Natural History, Martin moved to Knoxville to pursue his graduate studies in Archaeology at the University of Tennessee. Martin’s MA thesis is a study of the shell rings of the North American southeast Archaic, but his interests broadly include both the use of remote sensing and GIS within archaeology, and the role of politics and history in cultural decision making.

Sarah Walters

Sarah E. Walters is a M. A. student in Anthropology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She received her B. A. in Anthropology from Louisiana State University.  Her research interests focus on prehistoric archaeology with an emphasis on lithic technology, as well as an interest in experimental and theoretical archaeology.  Since 2007 she has been involved in several archaeological projects with various private firms, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions.


Jessica Phillips Bogstad received her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice this past May from Charleston Southern University. She currently serves as a Deputy Coroner in Barnwell, South Carolina. Jessica has participated in excavations at the Topper site (Allendale, SC) for the past three seasons. She is an applicant of the National Forensic Academy, located at the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center. Her interests include forensic anthropology and paleodermatoglyphics, and will be the assistant logistics manager on our project.


Derek Anderson is an archaeologist at Mississippi State University (and is bff with Shane Miller). He received his BA from Penn State and his MA from the University of Wyoming, with his thesis focusing on the prehistoric occupation of rockshelters in the Bighorn Mountains.  He has been involved in a variety of academic and CRM projects throughout North America since 1999 and is interested in the archaeology and territoriality of hunter-gatherers, specifically resource use (faunal and lithic) and mobility during the late Pleistocene in North America.

Erik Johanson

Erik Johanson is a M.A. student at the University of Tennessee and an archaeologist with UT's Archaeological Research Laboratory. His thesis project involves predictive modeling for Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. Research interests include prehistoric archaeology of North America, specifically settlement modeling in the Southeast. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee.


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