Eric Jones Headshot
Associate Professor
(PhD • Pennsylvania State University • 2008)

*The Department of Anthropology looks forward to welcoming Professor Jones in Fall 2023.

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.


  • 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.

*Professor Jones is not accepting graduate students for Fall 2023