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KC Jones

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Of note:

2019 Charles Hudson Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia Department of Anthropology

2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning

2018-2019 Future Faculty Fellowship, University of Georgia Graduate School and Center for Teaching and Learning

2017 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia Graduate School ($2500)

2017 Norman Herz Small Grant for Student Research, Center for Applied Isotope Studies ($500)

2016 Joshua Laerm Graduate Research Award, Georgia Museum of Natural History ($1000)

2016 Society for Georgia Archaeology Graduate Research Grant ($2000)

2016 Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Graduate Research Award, University of Georgia ($1000)

2014-2016 Graduate School Assistantship, University of Georgia, Research Assistantship ($24,000/year)

2012 Department of Anthropology Head's Award, University of Georgia ($100)

2012 Georgia Academy of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper ($100)

2010 Brian Daniel Gumbert Award in Archaeological Field Studies, University of Georgia ($250)


Research Areas:
Research Interests:

My research rectifies some of the disparities between the available data and the archaeological narrative for the interior Coastal Plain, and situates the Ogeechee River valley's cultural history within the broader narrative of hunter-gatherer settlement and subsistence practices in the Southeast. I take a behavioral ecology approach to test whether the distribution and abundance of sites in the interior Coastal Plain is determined, at least in part, on the distribution and abundance of key resources available on the landscape through time. Underlain by the optimality assumptions offered through ideal free distribution modeling, this approach will ultimately model the geographic extents of arboreal and lithological subsistence products across the Coastal Plain and compare resource distributions with archaeological site locations.

Other Areas of Study:

Archaeology and history of southeastern North America; settlement archaeology; regional-scale archaeology; species distribution modeling; chronology-building; hunter-gatherers; sociocultural transitions; environmental archaeology; behavioral ecology; territoriality; mobility; Native American studies; multiscale modeling; geographic information systems (GIS)

Selected Publications:

(* Denotes Peer-Reviewed Publication)

*Cramb, Justin, Brandon T. Ritchison, Carla S. Hadden, Qian Zhang, Edgar Alarcón-Tinajero, Xianyan Chen, K.C. Jones, Travis Jones, Katharine Napora, Matthew Veres, and Victor D. Thompson

(2022) The Changing Profile of Tenure-Track Faculty in Archaeology. Advances in Archaeological Practice 10(4):371-381.


*Smallwood, Ashley M., Thomas A. Jennings, K.C. Jones, and Sydney O'Brien

(2022) Paleoindian and Early Archaic Research in Georgia. In The American Southeast at the End of the Ice Age, edited by D. Shane Miller, Ashley M. Smallwood, and Jesse W. Tune, pp. 77-96. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.


*K.C. Jones, Mary E. Porter Freeman, Amanda D. Roberts Thompson, and Victor D. Thompson

(2019) A Short Report of Archaeological Investigations at the South End Site (9CH155), Ossabaw Island, Georgia: The 2018 Field Season. Early Georgia 47:56-61.


*Speakman, R.J., C.S. Hadden, M.H. Colvin, J. Cramb, K.C. Jones, T. W. Jones, C. L. Kling, I. Lulewicz, K.G. Napora, K.L. Reinberger, B.T. Ritchison, M.J. Rivera-Araya, A.K. Smith, and V.D. Thompson.

(2018) Choosing a Path to the Ancient World in a Modern Market: The Reality of Faculty Jobs in Archaeology. American Antiquity 83(1): 1-12.


*Speakman, R.J., C.S. Hadden, M.H. Colvin, J. Cramb, K.C. Jones, T.W. Jones, I. Lulewicz, K.G. Napora, K.L. Reinberger, B.T. Ritchison, A.R. Edwards, and V.D. Thompson

(2018) Market Share and Recent Hiring Trends in Anthropology Faculty Positions. PLOS One, DOI:



Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Georgia (2014-present)




B.A. Anthropology, University of Georgia (2012)

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeological Science
Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate in Native American Studies

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