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Department of Anthropology


Eric Jones

Title: Associate Professor
Undergraduate Director
Department: Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6500
Office: Gambrell Hall, 416
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
My Website
Eric Jones

Dr. Jones will not be considering applications for Fall 2023 from graduate students wishing to work with him.


Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. He earned his PhD in anthropology, with a focus in archaeology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at USC in 2020, he was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, where he worked since 2009. 


ANTH 101 Primates, People, and Prehistory 

ANTH 229: Southeastern Archaeology 

ANTH 319: Principles of Archaeology 

ANTH 550: Archaeological Laboratory Methods 


Dr. Jones is an anthropological archaeologist with research specialties in settlement patterns, landscapes and built environments, human-environment interactions, and demographic archaeology. His research is multiscalar and incorporates artifact analyses, landscape reconstruction, GIS-based spatial analyses, and historic documents and oral histories. Throughout research on Precolumbian and Early Colonial Haudenosaunee and Southeastern Piedmont Siouan societies and currently with nineteenth-century farmers in New York, his work explores how and why people place themselves on the landscape in particular patterns and the relationship those patterns have to how people alter, construct, and interact with their natural and cultural landscapes.

Selected recent publications

Jones, Eric E., Maya B. Krause, Caroline Watson, and Grayson O’Saile. 2020. Economic and Social Interaction in the Piedmont Village Tradition-Mississippian Boundarylands of the North American Southeast, 1200-1600 CE. American Antiquity.

Jones, Eric E. 2019. Why Do We Live Where We Do? Teaching Native American Settlement Ecology in the North Carolina Piedmont, in Grounded Education in the Environmental Humanities: Exploring Place-Based Pedagogies in the South, edited by Lucas Johnston and Dave Aftandilian, pp. 115-131, Routledge Press, New York.

Jones, Eric E. 2018. When Villages Do Not Form: A Case Study from the Piedmont Village Tradition-Mississippian Borderlands, AD 1200-1600, in The Power of Villages, edited by Victor S. Thompson and Jennifer Birch, pp. 73-88, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL.

Jones, Eric E. 2017. Significance and Context in GIS-Based Spatial Archaeology: A Case Study from Southeastern North America. Journal of Archaeological Science 84C: 54–62.

Jones, Eric E. 2017. Haudenosaunee Settlement Ecology Before and After the Arrival of Europeans in Northeastern North America. In Frontiers of Colonialism, edited by Christine Beaule, pp. 31-58, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL.                       

Jones, Eric E. and Peter Ellis. 2016. Multiscalar Settlement Ecology Study Of Piedmont Village Tradition Communities In North Carolina, AD 1000–1600. Southeastern Archaeology 35(2):85-114.

Jones, Eric E. 2016. Refining Our Understanding of Haudenosaunee Settlement Location Choices. In Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place, edited by Eric E. Jones and John L. Creese, pp. 145-170, University Press Colorado, Boulder.

Jones Eric E. 2015. The Settlement Ecology of Middle-Range Societies in the Western North Carolina Piedmont, AD 1000–1600. North Carolina Archaeology 64:1–32.

Jones, Eric E. 2014. A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Old World Disease Events in North America, AD 1517–1803. American Antiquity 79(3):487–506.

Recent Accomplishments

ASPIRE-I Grant: "The Archaeological Settlement Ecology of a Nineteenth Century Rural American Town", 2021-2022

National Science Foundation: “A Settlement Ecology Analysis of the Factors Influencing the Spatial Distribution of Middle-Range Communities in the North Carolina Piedmont, AD 1000-1600” (BCS-1430945), 2014-2018

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