The SGA has a new editor of The Profile and the website content. Please meet Ben Steere! If you have a story or a story idea you think might be appropriate for The Profile/the website, please write Ben here for information and consideration.
Ben moved from North Carolina to Georgia in 2006, when he began a PhD program at the University of Georgia. Prior to graduate school, he spent two years working as a field technician for TRC’s North Carolina office, primarily in western North Carolina.
As a graduate student he studied under noted archaeologists and SGA members Steve Kowalewski, David Hally, and Mark Williams, and in 2011 completed his dissertation, which focuses on chronological and geographic variability in Native American houses and households from the Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic periods.
After graduation, Ben spent a year as a postdoctoral research associate with the Coweeta LTR program at the University of Georgia, where he worked on a collaborative archaeological research project to locate and map mound and village sites in western North Carolina with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of The Eastern Band of Cherokee.
Since Fall 2012, Ben has worked as an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of West Georgia, where he is continuing his research on prehistoric Southeastern houses and the archaeology of western North Carolina.
When he’s not editing The Profile, teaching, counting post holes, and trying to decipher James Mooney’s handwriting, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and their toddler son, Alexander, who, much like his father, has trouble sitting still and enjoys playing in the dirt.