The MTSU Middle Cumberland Archaeology Project welcomes the newest member of the MTSU Anthropology Faculty to its ranks.
Dr. Andrew Wyatt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. His interests include human-environment interactions, agriculture and land use, and archaeobotanical studies of plant use in ancient societies. He has conducted archaeological and archaeobotanical research in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Belgium, and the Midwestern U.S. His research at the ancient Maya site of Chan in the Belize River Valley investigated the process of agricultural intensification and the role of farmers in the political economy. He is currently conducting ethnographic and ethnohistoric studies of Lacandon Maya household agricultural practices at Lake Mensabak in Chiapas, Mexico, and he is also conducting archaeological and paleoenvironmental research at the ancient Maya settlement of Lake Mendoza in Guatemala.
Dr. Wyatt will use his expertise and experience working with archaeological plant remains to help answer questions of seasonality, settlement patterns, environmental change, and early horticulture and agriculture along the banks of the Cumberland River in Middle Tennessee.