Travis is a doctoral candidate at UGA and graduate research associate at CAIS. His interests include applications of time in archaeology, organizational complexity, landscapes, and identity. Travis’ methodological expertise are in radiocarbon, chronological modeling, materials analysis (isotopic and elemental), and the application of large datasets. His dissertation research investigates the timing and tempo of immigration and its impact on the social relations among prehistoric villagers in the Northern Plains. The goal of his research is to: 1) create a durable, high-resolution settlement chronology for early Plains Village groups using Bayesian modeling of new and legacy radiocarbon dates; and 2) explore the relationship between village-making and the evolution of social organization among middle-range societies transitioning to sedentism. Travis is also currently collaborating with other researchers at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies, the Smithsonian Institution, and various regional institutions and agencies on the first pan-regional obsidian provenance database for the Great Plains.
Job Title: Graduate Student
Highest Degree Earned: B.A.