Director, Laboratory of Archaeology

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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. 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 oxygen isotopes, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems.


PhD, Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2006

Research Interests:
  • Historic Archaeology (Colonial Period)
  • Native American Archaeology
  • Bayesian Modeling
  • Radiocarbon
  • Oxygen Isotopes
  • Monumentality
  • Early Villages
  • Shell Midden Archaeology
  • American Southeast
  • Islands, Coasts, and Wetlands
  • Geoarchaeology and Geophysics
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Social Theory
Selected Publications:

Thompson, Victor D., William H. Marquardt, Karen J. Walker, Amanda Roberts Thompson, Lee A. Newsom. 2018. Collective Action, State Building, and the Rise of the Calusa, Southwest Florida. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 51:28-44.

Thompson, Victor D. and Anthony Krus. 2018Contemplating the History and Future of Radiocarbon Dating in the American Southeast. Southeastern Archaeology 37:1-11. DOI: 10.1080/0734578X.2017.1364600

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.

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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.