Professor of Archaeology
Director, Center for Archaeological Sciences

I am an archaeologist who specializes in the application of archaeological science to the study of socio-political complexity and the historical ecology of wetland and coastal environments in the American Southeast. Through this work, I engage globally with scholars who share research interests in archaeological science, as well as island and coastal archaeology. Broadly, my research utilizes historical and political ecology frameworks and focuses on the Georgia coast and the central and southwestern Gulf Coast of Florida. This research seeks to understand the long-term dynamics between humans and their environments in the context of ritual, monumentality, and political complexity, and how these trajectories experienced ruptures and displacement at the moment of European contact and colonialism. Specifically, I hope to further our understanding of anthropogenic impacts to ecosystems, resilience in socio-ecological systems, and how these systems responded to the abrupt changes due to European settlement of these regions. Such research provides important insight into changing patterns of human mobility and resource exploitation, as they relate to sea level change and differences in the biophysical environment, as well as how groups who have long-term relationships with specific ecosystems experience dramatic new social landscapes. I employ a number of methods in my research including the analysis of monumental architecture, shell midden archaeology, stable isotopes, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems. 


Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Anthropology

M.A. University of Kentucky, Anthropology 

B.A. University of Georgia, Anthropology

Of note:

Book Series Editor (founding editor), Society and Ecology in Island and Coastal Archaeology, for the University Press of Florida 

Associate Editor for Book Reviews, American Antiquity 

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 

2009 C.B. Moore Award 

Research Interests:

Historic Archaeology (Colonial Period); Pre-Columbian Archaeology; Bayesian Modeling; Radiocarbon; Oxygen Isotopes; Monumentality; Early Villages; Shell Midden Archaeology; American Southeast/Caribbean; Islands, Coasts, and Wetlands; Geoarchaeology and Geophysics; Landscape Archaeology; Social Theory

Selected Publications:


Pluckhahn, Thomas J. and Victor D. Thompson

2018 New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (in press).

Journal articles (* peer review, **student/post-doc co-author)

*Thompson, Victor D. and Anthony Krus

2018 Contemplating the History and Future of Radiocarbon Dating in the American Southeast. Southeastern Archaeology. DOI: 10.1080/0734578X.2017.1364600

*Robert J. Speakman, **Carla S. Hadden, **Matthew H. Colvin, **Justin Cramb, **K.C. Jones, **Travis W. Jones, **Corbin L. Kling, **Isabelle Lulewicz, **Katharine G. Napora, **Katherine L. Reinberger, **Brandon T. Ritchison, **Maria Jose Rivera-Araya, **April K. Smith, Victor D. Thompson.

2018 Choosing a Path to the Ancient World in a Modern Market: The Reality of Faculty Jobs In Archaeology. American Antiquity (available online).

*Thompson, Victor D., Thomas J. Pluckhahn, **Matt Colvin, **Justin Cramb, **Katharine **Napora, **J. Jacob Lulewicz, and **Brandon Ritchison

2017 Plummets, Public Ritual, and Interaction Networks during the Woodland Period in Florida. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48:193-206.

***Lulewicz, Isabelle H., Victor D. Thompson, **Justin Cramb, and Bryan Tucker

2017 Oyster Paleoecology and Native Subsistence Practices on Ossabaw Island, Georgia. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 15:282-289.

**Lulewicz, Isabelle, Victor D. Thompson, Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Oindrila Das, C. Fred T. Andrus

2017 Exploring Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Habitat Collection via Oxygen Isotope Sclerochronology at Crystal River and Roberts Island, Florida. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. (in press).

*Roberts Thompson, Amanda D., **Brandon T. Ritchison, and **Emma Cook, and Victor D. Thompson

2017 Tobacco Pipes and Plantation Period Activities at the South End Site (9CH155) on Ossabaw Island, Georgia. Early Georgia. (in press).

*Pluckhahn, Thomas J. and Victor D. Thompson.

2017 Woodland-Period Mound Building as Historical Tradition: Dating the Mounds and Monuments at Crystal River (8CI1). Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 15:73-94.

***Porter, Mary, Victor D. Thompson, Amanda Roberts Thompson, and Chester B. DePratter

2016 Searching for Mission Santa Clara de Tupiqui on the Georgia Coast. Early Georgia 44:101-121.

*Savarese, Michael, Karen J. Walker, Shanna Stingu, William H. Marquardt, and Victor Thompson

2016 The Effects of Shellfish Harvesting by Aboriginal Inhabitants of Southwest Florida on the History of Productivity of the Eastern Oyster: A Conservation Paleobiological Approach. Anthropocene 16:28-41.

*Thompson, Victor D., Chester B. DePratter, Amanda D. Roberts Thompson

2016 Defining Santa Elena’s Colonial Landscape through Shallow Geophysics. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 9:178-190.

*Thompson, Victor D., William Marquardt, Alexander Cherkinsky, Amanda Roberts Thompson, Karen Walker, Lee Newsom

2016 From Shell Midden to Shell Mound: The Geoarchaeology of Mound Key an Anthropogenic Island in Southwest Florida, USA. PLOS One. 11(4): e0154611. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0154611

*Fitzpatrick, Scott M., Victor D. Thompson, **Aaron Poteate, **Matthew Napolitano, and Jon Erlandson

2016 Marginalization of the Margins: The Importance of Smaller Islands in Human Prehistory. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11(2):155-170. DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2016.1192568

***Turck, John A. and Victor D. Thompson

2016 Revisiting the Resilience of Late Archaic Hunter-gatherers along the Georgia Coast. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 43:39-55.

*Pluckhahn Thomas J., Victor D. Thompson, and W. Jack Rink

2016 Evidence for Stepped Pyramids of Shell in the Woodland Period of Eastern North America. American Antiquity 81(2):345-363.

*Gragson, Ted L., Florent Hautefeuille, Victor D. Thompson, and David S. Leigh

2016 Ground-Penetrating Radar Discovery and Imaging of the Early Christian Church of Notre Dame de Baudes near Labastide-du-Temple, France. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 6:584-593.

*Gragson, Ted L., Victor D. Thompson, David S. Leigh and Florent Hautefeuille

2016 Ground-Penetrating Radar Used in Discovery of the Early Christian Church of Notre Dame de Baudes near Labastide-du-Temple, France. Data In Brief 7:1588-1593. DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2016.04.057

*Thompson, Victor D., Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Oindrila Das, and Fred Andrus

2015 Assessing Village Life and Monument Construction (cal. AD 65-1070) along the Central Gulf Coast of Florida through Stable Isotope Geochemistry. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 4:111-123.

*Pluckhahn, Thomas J., **Alex D. Hodson, W. Jack Rink, Victor D. Thompson, R.R. Hendricks, Glen Doran, Grayal Farr, Alex Cherkinsky, and **Sean P. Norman

2015 Radiocarbon and Luminescence Age Determinations on Mounds at Crystal River and Roberts Island, Florida, USA. Geoarchaeology 30:238–260.

*Pluckhahn, Thomas, Victor D. Thompson, Alex Cherkinsky

2015 The Temporality of Shell-Bearing Landscapes at Crystal River, Florida. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 37:19-36.

Works in edited volumes and other monograph contributions (*peer review)

*Thompson, Victor D., Amanda D. Roberts Thompson, John E. Worth.

2018 The Political Ecology of the Event in Calusa Colonial Entanglements, in Uneven Terrain: Archaeologies of Political Ecology, edited by J. K. Millhauser, Christopher T. Morehart, and Santigo Juarez. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association. in press.

*Thompson, Victor D., and Thomas J. Pluckhahn

2018 Pipes, Cups, Platform Mounds, and Mortuary Ritual in the Lake Okeechobee Basin of South Florida. In Psychoactive Substances in Ancient Societies, edited by Scott Fitzpatrick. University Press of Florida. (in press)

*Thompson, Victor D., and Thomas J. Pluckhahn

2018 Living Islands: Anthropogenic Landforms of Crystal River along the Central Gulf Coast of Florida. In Multispecies Archaeology, edited by Suzanne Pilaar Birch. Taylor and Francis/Routledge Press, Oxford. (in press)

Colvin, Matthew and Victor D. Thompson

2018 A Procession of Faces: Considering the Materiality of Relational Ontologies in Southern Florida. In Dynamic Worlds, Shifting Paradigms: Engaging with the Relational Movement, edited by Mellissa Baltus and Sarah Bairess. Lexington Books. (in press)

*Thompson, Victor D.

2017 Conceptualizing Anthropogenic Islands through LiDAR in Southern Florida. New Approaches to Anthropological Remote Sensing, edited by Duncan McKinnon and Bryan Haley. Pp. 127-140. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

***Winkler, Lauren A., Clark Spencer Larsen, Victor D. Thompson, Paul W. Sciulli, David Hurst Thomas, Elliot Blair, and Matt Sanger

2017 The Social Structuring of Stress in Contact-Era Spanish Florida: A Bioarchaeological Case Study from Santa Catalina de Guale, St. Catherines Island, Georgia. In Bioarchaeology of Contact, Colonial Encounters, and Colonialism: Global Visions and New Approaches from Studies of Human Skeletons, edited by Melissa S. Murphy and Haagen Klaus. pp. 129-161. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Thompson, Victor D.

2016 Foreword. In The Powhatan Landscape: An Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake, by Martin Galivan, University Press of Florida, Gainesville (Society and Ecology in Island and Coastal Archeology Series).

*Thompson, Victor D.,

2016 Finding Resilience in Ritual and History in South Florida. In Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Reorganization in Complex Societies. Carbondale, edited by Ronald Sonny Faulseit. pp. 313-341. University of Southern Illinois Press, Carbondale.

*Thompson, Victor D. and Christopher R. Moore

2015 The Sociality of Surplus among Late Archaic Hunter-gatherers of Coastal Georgia. In Surplus: The Politics of Production and Strategies of Everyday Life, edited by Christopher T. Morehart and Kristin De Lucia. pp. 245-266. University of Colorado Press, Boulder.







2016       $25,187. Reverberations of a Vacuum: Effects of the Collapse of a Region on its Neighbors, A Case from the Georgia Coast USA. National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards. Thompson (P.I.) Brandon Ritchison (co-P.I.)  

2016       $20,000. Santa Elena Foundation for the project: Remote Sensing at Santa Elena (Chester DePratter co-P.I.). Total awarded to Thompson (P.I.) 

2016       $240,342. National Science Foundation for the project: Collaborative Research: The Role of Surplus Production in the Emergence of a Complex Coastal Society. $124,195 awarded to Thompson (co-P.I.)  

2016       $13,840. National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants for the Project:  
Perishable Objects, Water Features, and Bounty of the Estuaries in the Kingdom of the Calusa Kingdom (William Marquardt co-P.I.). Total awarded to Thompson (P.I.)  

Curriculum Vitae:

Articles Featuring Victor Thompson

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:08pm

Several faculty members and an alumnus were featured in UGA's fall issue of Georgia Magazine.