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Evan Peacock's interest in archaeology began as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University and included involvement in field research at a number of sites in Mississippi as well as one season of participation in the Lahav Research Project excavations at Tel Halif in southern Israel. In conjunction with his masters degree program at the University of Sheffield he developed special expertise in paleoecology and paleoenvironmental modeling. His doctoral research at Sheffield focused on freshwater mussels in the southeastern United States as indicators of human impact on the prehistoric landscape. This work involved developing a method for indirectly measuring the amount of erosion and sedimentation that entered rivers as a result of Native American land-use practices through time via examination of changes in molluscan remains from archaeological deposits. Before joining the Mississippi State faculty in 1999 he served for several years as a District Archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the MSU Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and serves as Undergraduate Coordinator for the department's B.A. program in Anthropology. Dr. Peacock's work as an environmental archaeologist embraces wide ranging research interests in paleoecology, historical and human ecology, evolutionary theory, mollusks, microartifacts, lithics, settlement patterns, and the application of traditional land-use practices in contemporary settings. He has conducted archaeolgical research at a number of sites in Mississippi, and is currently directing a multi-year excavation project at the Lyon's Bluff site in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. He has been very active in state and regional archaeological societies and served terms as President for both the Mississippi Archaeological Association and the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists.
Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, Paleoecology, Paleoenvironmental modeling