Domenique Sorresso

Mentor: Dr. Neill Wallis
College of Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH)
"My involvement with archaeological research was fueled by both an intense curiosity about the past and a desire to contribute to the field."


Anthropology and Geology



Research Interests

  • Archaeology
  • Ceramics
  • Symbolism

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures
  • University Scholars Program


  • Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honour Society


  • Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology

Hobbies and Interests

  • North American Archaeology
  • Traveling
  • Yoga

Research Description

An Analysis of Style and Specialization of Weeden Island Effigy Vessels
My interest is in prehistoric southeastern archaeology, specifically Weeden Island, a phenomenon that spanned ca. A.D. 200-900 throughout northern Florida, southern Georgia, and eastern Alabama. Burial mounds related to the Weeden Island cultures often included elaborate effigy vessels that are strikingly similar among distant sites. As a whole, the vessels depict various animal species and humans, and the resemblance in their style across space may have been the result of specialized production in one or more central locations. Presently, no detailed inventory of known effigy vessels exists. The goal of my research would be to create a comprehensive typology for the vessels based on existing data and collections. This inventory will be the basis for assessing, for the first time in a systematic way, issues of specialization and centralized pottery production within the Weeden Island cultures.