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Ted Gragson

UGA Arch
Department Head
IdEx Chair, Université de Toulouse
Director, Sustainable Human Ecosystems Laboratory

My research over the last 20 years has centered on the origin and practice of agropastoralism in the Pyrenees Mountains and Iberian Systems of continental Europe. I am particularly interested in the pivotal role played by agropastoralism in the social, political, economic and religious transformations in the Franco-Iberian region during the last 2,000 years. I seldom work alone and my collaborations are designed to integrate geomorphic, geophysical, archaeological and socioecological evidence to reveal the contingency and behavioral variability of human agents in transforming a landscape. The overall goal of our research is to connect the present continuously and strongly to the past so we may contribute to building a more desirable and sustainable future. 

Research Interests:
  • Human ecosystem ecology 
  • Historical landscape ecology 
  • Continental / Mediterranean Europe
  • Southeastern US 
  • South America 
  • Mountain systems 
  • Domestication of plants, animals and landscape 
  • Multilevel approaches to individual, household & community 
  • Airborne / Ground-based remote sensing 
  • Quantitative/qualitative/spatial analysis 
Selected Publications:

Gragson, T. L and Coughlan, M. R. 2024. The social-ecological landscape of herding on the high mountain commons of Larrau in the Western Pyrenees (France). Frontiers in Human Dynamicshtts://

Gragson, T. L and Thompson, V. D. 2022. Legacy radiocarbon dates and the archaeological chronology of the Western Pyrenees. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 43: 103483.

Gragson, T. L, Coughlan, M. R. and Leigh, D. S. 2020. Contingency and Agency in the Mountain Landscapes of the Western Pyrenees: A Place-Based Approach to the Long Anthropocene. Sustainability 12, 3882.

Gragson, T. L., Hautefeuille, F., Thompson, V. D., & Leigh, D. S. 2016. Discovery and appraisal of the early Christian church of Notre Dame de Baudes near Labastide-du-Temple, France. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 584-593.

Gragson, T. L., Leigh, D. S., and Coughlan, M. R. 2015. Basque Cultural Landscapes of the French Western Pyrenees. Cultural Capital 12: 565-596.


PhD, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1989

Articles Featuring Ted Gragson

Loscos, Spain. Drs. Ted Gragson and Victor Thompson, Ph.D. candidates Brett Parbus and Faith McDonald from the University of Georgia in collaboration with Ph.D. candidate Lydia Allué Andrés from the Université Toulouse 2 (France) and Universidad de Zaragoza (…

Department Head and Professor, Dr. Ted Gragson, along with UGA Department of Geography's David Leigh, and University of Oregon's Michael Coughlan had a paper published in MDPI's Sustainability journal. The paper is titled, "Contingency and…

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