Alvey - North American Archaeologist, CRM Program Manager
Address: PO Box AR, Mississippi State, MS 39762
PhD Candidate, University of Missouri, Columbia
M.A., Applied Anthropology, Mississippi State University, 2003
B.A., Anthropology, Mississippi
State University, 1998
Jeffrey Alvey received
a BA in Anthropology from MSU in 1998 and in December 2003 became the
first graduate of the new M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. His thesis
was titled, "A Study of Middle Archaic Site Function, Seasonality, and Occupational
Intensity in the Uplands of Northeast Mississippi: The Trice Site 22LE827."
The goal of his thesis was to clarify the role of smaller upland sites
in models of regional settlement organization. Since 2013, Jeffrey has been enrolled in the PhD program in Anthropology
at the University of Missouri, Columbia. As of July 2015 he is a Phd Candidate in the program needing only to complete his dissertation.
As an undergraduate, Alvey worked as a research assistant for Cobb faculty
in various capacities including technical illustration and the application
of computer technologies in archaeology. He participated in several projects
involving use of the World Wide Web for communicating archaeological resources.
Included among these was assistance in developing the Institutes
Virtual Museum site. After receiving his undergraduate degree,
he participated in the summer of 1999 as a staff member of the Lahav Research
Projects excavations at Tell Halif, in southern Israel.
As a graduate student he held a research assistantship with the Engineering
Research Center which engaged him in the study of potential applications
of geophysical methods to archaeological site investigations. This included
experimentation with the use of an electromagnetic soil conductivity meter
and a fluxgate gradiometer as a means to identify sub-surface archaeological
features. In the summer of 2002 he served an internship with the U. S.
Fish and Wildlife Service at the Noxubee Refuge, working in conjunction
with the Regional Archaeologist to assist the Refuge in management of
its cultural resources.
Alveys areas of research interest include archaeology of the mid-Holocene
southeast, evolutionary archaeology, cultural resources management, settlement
patterns, GIS, and the application of geophysical methods in archaeology.
As a Junior Research Associate at the Cobb Institute he acts as a director of field
surveys and excavations and as a managing consultant for the Institutes
web site and related publication activities. Alvey is also currently serving as a GIS
consultant for the Shala Valley Research Project in northern Albania. This project is
directed by Dr. Michael Galaty of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
Alvey is active in a number of professional societies including the Southeastern Archaeological Conference,
the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists, the Society of American Archaeology, and the Mississippi Archaeological Association,
where he currently serves as co-editor of the newsletter and Webmaster for the MAA's website (http://www.msarchaeology.org).