Michelle Pigott is a PhD candidate in Anthropology with a focus on Southeastern Archaeology. She received a M.A. in Anthropology from Tulane University, a M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida, and a B.A. with honors in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida. Her dissertation research combines traditional archaeological methods with an extensive Bayesian radiocarbon analysis to contextualize the development of the Indigenous polity of Joara in the American Southeast and its impact on early Spanish expansions into the Americas. Michelle has received funding from the Southeastern Archaeological Conference's Charles Hudson Award, the School of Liberal Arts Summer Research Award, the Connolly Alexander Institute for Data Science Summer Graduate Award, the Anthropology Department's Graduate Student Summer Research Fund, and the School of Liberal Arts Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship to support her research.
2022 The materiality of the Apalachee Diaspora: an Indigenous history of contact and colonialism in the Gulf South. Southeastern Archaeology 41(1):53-73, DOI: 10.1080/0734578X.2022.2030891.