William and Mary

Hayden Bassett

E-mail: : [[e|hfbassett]]
Year entered: : 2012
Degree sought: : PhD
Research Interests: : British Caribbean; Comparative Colonialism; Jamaica; Dwelling; Anthropology of Architecture; Photogrammetry

Hayden's work focuses on the British Atlantic, specifically addressing constructed landscapes and ways of dwelling within a comparative framework.  His work in Virginia has encompassed the 17th-century Chesapeake, exploring epistemologies of the human body and environment through English dwelling practices.  Through his work in the Chesapeake, he completed his M.A. and is now pursuing his Ph.D., exploring human-environment relations, dwelling practices, and the social instrument of "comfort" in the 18th & 19th-century British Caribbean.  He has excavated on a number of sites in the Caribbean, though his recent preliminary dissertation work is grounded in several sites on the northern coast of Jamaica.  Hayden's contemporary landscape approach combines both archaeological excavation and an anthropological approach to standing buildings, allowing him to study changes in dwelling practices over short and longer periods of time, and covering wide geographic area.  In addition to excavation and measured drawing, his work utilizes high performance photogrammetry and microclimate modeling to understand buildings and landscapes in new ways.