Congratulations Dr. Brannan! Completed dissertation on the settlement archaeology of Singer-Moye

The SMASH project is pleased to announce the successful dissertation defense and graduation of Dr. Stefan Brannan. His dissertation is entitled “The Settlement Archaeology of Singer-Moye: A large 14th century town in the Chattahoochee Valley.”

The highlight of Stefan’s dissertation research involved a shovel-test survey of more than 60 ha of area encompassing the Singer-Moye site core and surrounding lands. He paired this extensive survey with targeted excavations in order to gain a representative sample of ceramics from areas occupied throughout the duration of the site’s occupation and created a robust internal chronology for the site. That chronology was then used to explain the processes through which Singer-Moye grew from a small, pioneering settlement to a very large, aggregated civic-ceremonial center and how those processes related to other events in the Chattahoochee River valley, the wider Mississippian southeast, as well as the formation and maintenance of large settlements cross-culturally.

Post-graduation, Stefan will continue to serve as Principal Investigator for New South Associates.

Researchers interested in obtaining a copy of the dissertation can contact Stefan at sbrannan at

About Dr. Jennifer Birch

I am an archaeologist who specializes in the Archaeology of Eastern North America. Conceptually, my interests are underpinned by the desire to understand how the lived experiences of individuals and communities articulates with long-term, large-scale processes of social and cultural change. My current research is concerned with the development of organizational complexity and diversity in eastern North America. Ongoing projects in Northeastern North America include: - Geophysical investigations of Late Precontact Iroquoian Villages - Regional synthesis of data on Iroquoian settlement patterns, including intra-site patterns, interregional interaction, and geopolitical realignment Ongoing projects in Southeastern North America include: - Multi-scalar investigations of the Late Woodland to Mississippian transition in the Deep South - Household and community archaeology at the Singer-Moye site
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