Dr. Shane Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at MSU. Shane is a prehistoric archaeologist whose primary research interests are the Ice Age colonization of the Americas, the origins of agriculture in eastern North America, and how we can use lithic technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and geoarchaeology to make inferences about past human behavior.
His geographic area of interest is the southeastern United States, and in particular the lower Mid-South. He is the co-director of the Bells Bend Archaeological Project in Nashville, TN with David Anderson from the University of Tennessee (http://bellsbend.pidba.org). The goal of the project is to document the exceptional record of Paleoindian and Archaic archaeological sites in the area, training students in field methods, and working with the local community to preserve their cultural resources.
In addition to southeastern archaeology, he has also worked at mammoth kill sites in Arizona, Sonora, and New Mexico; directed and participated in surveys in Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas; and has been the GIS analyst for projects across the Southwest, Great Basin, and Great Plains.