Dr. Eric Jones

Dr. Eric Jones Archaeologist - Wake Forest UniversityAssistant Professor

Office: Anthropology Building
Email: jonesee@wfu.edu


Eric Jones is anthropological archaeologist whose research interests include settlement patterns, ecology, and demography with a focus on pre-Columbian cultures of eastern North America. He is currently conducting research on the population trends and settlement ecology of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the settlement ecology of Siouan-speaking societies in the North Carolina Piedmont from 800-1600 CE. Dr. Jones uses geographic information systems (GIS) extensively in his research and is interested in the methods and theory of spatial analyses in anthropological research. His teaching reflects his research specialties and also expands to include historic and modern Native American cultures and social issues, contact and colonialism in the Americas, and conflict and warfare in cultural contexts


Ph.D.   The Pennsylvania State University  2008   Anthropology
M.A.     The Pennsylvania State University 2004   Anthropology
B.A.      Hamilton College                               2000   Anthropology

Academic Appointments
Wake Forest University, Assistant Professor (2009-present)
Wake Forest University, Lecturer (2009-2012)
SUNY College at Cortland, Adjunct Professor (2008-2009)

CV available in pdf



NSF Award No. BCS-1430945
Title: A Settlement Ecology Analysis of the Ecological Factors Influencing the Spatial Distribution of Middle-Range Communities in the North Carolina Piedmont, AD 1000-1600

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2016    In Press  Eric E. Jones and Peter Ellis. Multiscalar Settlement Ecology Study of Piedmont Village Tradition Communities, A.D. 1000–1600. Southeastern Archaeology.

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

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

2012    Jones, Eric E., Madison Gattis, Andrew Wardner, Thomas C. Morrison, and Sara Frantz. Exploring Prehistoric Tribal Settlement Ecology in the Southeast: A Case Study from the North Carolina Piedmont. North American Archaeologist.

2012    Jones, Eric E. and James W. Wood. Using Event-History Analysis to Examine the Causes of Semi-Sedentism Among Temperate Swidden Agriculturalists: A Case Study of the Haudenosaunee, AD 1500–1700. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(8):2593–2603.

2012    Jones, Eric E. and Sharon N. DeWitte. Spatial Analysis of Old World Disease Events among Native American Populations in Northeastern North America, AD 1616-1645. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31(1):83–92.

2010    Jones, Eric E. Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Population Trends in Northeastern North America. Journal of Field Archaeology 35: 5–18.

2010    Jones, Eric E. Population History of the Onondaga and Oneida Iroquois, AD 1500–1700. American Antiquity 75(2):387–407.

2010    Jones, Eric E. An Analysis of the Factors Influencing Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Settlement Locations. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:1–14.

2006    Jones, Eric E. Using Viewshed Analysis to Explore Settlement Choice: A Case Study of the Onondaga Iroquois. American Antiquity 71:523–538.

2003    George T. Jones, Charlotte Beck, Eric E. Jones, and Richard E. Hughes. Lithic Source Use and the Paleoarchaic Foraging Territories in the Great Basin. American Antiquity 68:5–38.

Edited Volumes

2017    Kellett, Lucas C. and Eric E. Jones (editors). Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas. Routledge Press, London

2017   In Press  Eric E. Jones and John L. Creese (eds.). Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place. University of Colorado Press: Boulder.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

In press Jones, Eric E. Haudenosaunee Settlement Ecology Before and After the Arrival of Europeans in Northeastern North America. In Frontiers of Colonialism, edited by Christine Beaule. Under contract with University Press of Florida. In second round of reviews.

2017    Jones, Eric E. The Ecology of Shifting Settlement Strategies in the Upper Yadkin River Valley, AD 600­–1600. In Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas, edited by Lucas C. Kellett and Eric E. Jones, Routledge Press, London.

2017    Kellet, Lucas C. and Eric E. Jones. Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas: An Introduction. In Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas, edited by Lucas Kellett and Eric E. Jones, Routledge Press, London.

2016   Jones, Eric E. 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. University Press Colorado, Boulder.

2016   Jones, Eric E. and John L. Creese. Introduction: Settlement, Space, and Northern Iroquoian Societies. In Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place,edited by Eric E. Jones and John L. Creese. University Press Colorado, Boulder.

Invited, Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

2014    Jones, Eric E. Review of The Mantle Site: An Archaeological History of an Ancestral Wendat Community by Jennifer Birch and Ronald F. Williamson. American Antiquity 79(1):179.

2012    Jones, Eric E. Iroquoians and Algonquians, in Oxford Companion to Archaeology, second edition, edited by Neil Asher Silberman. Oxford Press.

2009    Jones, Eric E. Review of “A Population History of the Huron-Petun, AD 500-1650”. Ethnohistory 56:531-532. (Invited book review)

Student Engagement

Courses Taught

ANT 112: Introduction to Archaeology

  • This course introduces students to archaeology and its place within the study of humankind. It covers several topics including the development of the field as a scientific discipline (as well as an overview of humanistic approaches), theories, methods, evidence, and how we put this all together to study past peoples and their cultures. Alongside these topics, it covers human prehistory and important cultural developments over the last 150,000 years.

ANT 347: Warfare and Violent Conflict

  • This course is a four-field examination of the patterns of human conflict and warfare and how anthropologists have studied and explained this phenomenon. Our goal is to explore the depth and breadth of research to gain a better understanding of what warfare is and why societies engage (or do not engage) in it. Finally, we will also explore whether, and if so how, anthropological knowledge can be applied to solve modern problems.

ANT 358: Native Peoples of North America

  • This course explores the culture of several Native American societies from pre-Colombian times to the present. This will involve discussions of traditional culture, modern culture, and the changes that occurred between. The diverse cultural development of Native American societies will be covered individually and within the context of broader anthropological topics. Unfortunately, it is impossible to discuss every Native American society over the course of one semester, so the course focuses on a set of societies that represent the diversity of cultures. It is also impossible to examine Native American cultures of the last 500+ years without discussing the impacts of European colonization. So, a consistent undercurrent of the course will be the changes in Native American cultures resulting from colonization and the nature of interactions between specific groups and European nations, Canada, and the United States.

ANT 374: Prehistory of North America

  • This course surveys the archaeology of North America, excluding Mesoamerica. We will trace the archaeological history of Native American societies from their origins in Eurasia over 15,000 years ago to contact with Europeans. The objectives of the course are to familiarize students with the wide range of human adaptations that prevailed over time and space, to link the evolution of those adaptations to the historically known and modern surviving descendant native cultures of North America, and to provide students with a framework for understanding the archaeological methods and theories that provide this information.

 ANT 390: Student-Faculty Seminar

  • This capstone course is designed with 3 main goals for our majors:  1) synthesize, 2) reflect upon, and 3) operationalize their entire anthropological education to this point with the ultimate goal of preparing them for their post-graduate life. We focus on the research process and associated necessary skills. Students bring together their diverse educational experiences to explore the research process and to complete an original research project of their own.

ANT 381 & 382: Summer Archaeology Field Program in North Carolina

  • These courses together instruct students on archaeological field methods as well as the prehistory and history of North Carolina. Students learn survey, excavation, mapping and recording, artifact preparation, and analysis techniques while working at various archaeological sites in the North Carolina Piedmont.

FYS: Wide World of Sport

  • This first-year seminar critically examines sports from an anthropological and cross-cultural perspective. The overarching theme is how sports interact with and reflect other aspects of culture, such as politics, economics, race, class, gender, conflict, and identity. We will explore these topics by examining the role of sports in other cultures, such as the Ancient Maya and Aztec, Iroquois, Cherokee, Trobriand Islanders, Dominican, as well as our own. Information will be presented from archaeological, historic, ethnographic, and modern media sources.


Mentored Student Research

Honors Theses

  • Hadley Scharer, 2016, Identifying Housefloors in the upper Yadkin River Valley through Analysis of Sediment Organic Content
  • Charlotte Gable, 2015, “Settlement Pattern Analysis through Examination of Pit Features at Redtail Site (31Yd173), North Carolina”
  • Peter Ellis, 2014, “Settlement Ecology in the North Carolina Piedmont: An Investigation of the Regional, Inter-Valley, and Intra-Valley Settlement Patterns of the Piedmont Village Tradition, AD 1100-1600.
  • Samantha Yaussy, 2013, “Levees, Sediments, and the Late Woodland in the North Carolina Piedmont: A Case Study of an Upper Yadkin River Site”
  • Alexandra Landuyt, 2012, “Re-examining Cultural Mortuary Rituals within Living Social Structures: A Study of the Wendat Feast of the Dead”

Summer Research Fellows

  • Hadley Scharer, 2015, “Searching for Housefloors at the Redtail site (31Yd173): An Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Ceramic Artifacts”
  • K. Pierce Wright, 2014, “Structure in the Sediment: an analysis of postmold distribution at a prehistoric site”
  • Peter Ellis, 2013, “Settlement and Subsistence at a Late Woodland Village in the North Carolina Piedmont”
  • Samantha Yaussy, 2012, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Modeling Past Environments in the North Carolina Piedmont”
  • Andrew Wardner, 2011, “An Archaeological Examination of the Relationship Between Late Woodland (AD 1000-1600) Settlement Size and Environmental Setting in the North Carolina
  • Madison Gattis, 2010, “An Analysis of Factors Influencing the Settlement of Late Woodland Settlements in the North Carolina Piedmont”

Independent Studies

  • Jason Chinuntdet, 2016, Archaeology during Political Conflict
  • Charlotte Gable, 2015, Environmental Archaeology of the Southeastern US
  • Jacob Daunais, 2015, Lithic Classification and Archaic Stone Tool Technology of North Carolina
  • Kimberly Paiz, 2013, “Conquest, Culture, and Conversion: Colonial America in the Northeast and Southwest”
  • Andrew Wardner, 2013, “Visible Trends in Changing Site Preference: A Spatial Analysis of the Archaic-Woodland Transition in the American Bottom”
  • Thomas Morrison, 2011, “Determining Occupation Episodes from Ceramic Surface Finds”
  • Sara Frantz, 2011, “Expanding the Analysis of Factors Influencing the Settlement of Late Woodland”


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