Jayur Madhusudan Mehta is an anthropological archaeologist and his research focuses on human-environment interactions and monumentality in the New World, especially in and around the Lower Mississippi Valley and Mississippi River Delta. He is skilled in geoarchaeology, ethnohistory, and the archaeology of complex societies. He currently teaches at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. Previously, he has taught at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in the Humanities department and at Tulane University in both the Anthropology and Environmental Studies departments. He has taught field and classroom-based courses, in topics ranging from culture history, to archaeological methods, to environmental studies.
I am principal investigator for the Carson Mounds Archaeological Project (CMAP), an impressively large and important Mississippian mound center in northern Mississippi, a site with material and social relationships to peoples and societies across the Eastern Woodlands. You can learn more at the Wikipedia page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Mounds
I am also a co-investigator for Resilience in the Ancient Gulf South (RAGS), along with my colleague, Elizabeth Chamberlain (Tulane/Vanderbilt). This project investigates human-environmental dynamics along the Mississippi River Delta and studies monumentality relative to land formation and delta ecology.
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