I am an historical archaeologist actively working in the American Southeast and Caribbean. My research combines archaeological and ethnohistorical data to investigate specific episodes of culture contact. I utilize geographic information systems (GIS) to contextualize these data and reveal deeper patterns related to social structure and culture change. This diachronic approach supports research into the changing relationships between minority and majority groups, factors leading to instances of forced displacement such as race riots, and two and a half centuries of social change as revealed at a British fort in the Caribbean. I also see the interaction between the past and present as a form of contact, and experiment with various approaches and technologies supporting public engagement with the past.