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. 

Education:

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 

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:

Publications SINCE 2016

Books

*Birch, Jennifer and Victor D. Thompson (editors)

2018       The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (in press).

 

*Pluckhahn, Thomas J. and Victor D. Thompson

2018       New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

 

Journal articles (* peer review)

*Speakman, Robert J., Carla S. Hadden, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin Cramb,  K.C. Jones, Travis W. Jones, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katharine G. Napora, Katherine L. Reinberger, Brandon T. Ritchison, Alexandra Edwards, Victor D. Thompson

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

 

*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., Chester B. DePratter, Jake Lulewicz, Isabelle Luewicz, Amanda Roberts Thompson, Justin Cramb, Brandon Ritchison, and Matthew Colvin

2018       The Archaeology and Remote Sensing of Santa Elena’s Four Millennia of Occupation.

Remote Sensing 10(2), 248; doi:10.3390/rs10020248

 

*Thompson, Victor D. and Anthony Krus

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

 

*Speakman, Robert J., Carla S. Hadden, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin Cramb, K.C. Jones, Travis W. Jones, Corbin L. King, 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 83(1):1-12. 

 

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

2018       Exploring Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Habitat Collection via Oxygen Isotope Sclerochronology at Crystal River and Roberts Island, Florida. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 13:388-404.

 

*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.

 

*Roberts Thompson, Amanda D., Brandon T. Ritchison, 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 45(1&2):67-92. 

 

*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

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

*Thompson, Victor D.

2018       Collective Action and Village Life during the Late Archaic on the Georgia Coast. In The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America, edited by Jennifer Birch and Victor D. Thompson. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (in press).

 

*Thompson, Victor D. and Jennifer Birch

2018       The Power of Villages. In The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America, edited by Jennifer Birch and Victor D. Thompson. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (in press).

 

*Ardren, Traci, Victor Thompson, Scott Fitzpatrick, Roger Sierra, and Joseph Stevenson

2018       When Foragers are Managers: Social Complexity and Persistent Foraging in the Florida Keys. In Early Caribbean and Circum-Caribbean Farmers, edited by Basil Reid, Routledge Press. (in press).

 

*Basil A. Reid, Peter E. Siegel, Nicholas Dunning, Stéphen Rostain, Corinne L. Hofman, and Victor D. Thompson, and Scott M. Fitzpatrick

2018       Early Caribbean and Circum-Caribbean Farming: An Introduction. In Early Caribbean and Circum-Caribbean Farmers, edited by Basil Reid, Routledge Press. (in press).

 

*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. Pp. 68-82. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association.

 

 *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. pp. 154-169. Taylor and Francis/Routledge Press, Oxford.

 

*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. pp. 128-148. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

 

*Colvin, Matthew and Victor D. Thompson

2017       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. pp. 41-63. Lexington Books.

 

*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.

 

 

Grants:

GRANTS SINCE 2016

2018       $289,652. Collaborative Research: Occupying New Landscapes: Late Archaic Shell Rings and the Coastline of the Georgia Bight. National Science Foundation, $188,953 awarded to Thompson (co-P.I.), Matt Sanger (P.I.), Thad Bissett (co-P.I.).

 

2018       $25,200. Doctoral Dissertation Research: A Dendrochronological Approach to Climate and Culture during the Late Archaic- Early Woodland Transition along the Georgia Coast, USA. National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards. Victor D. Thompson (P.I.) and Doctoral candidate Katharine Napora (co-P.I.).

 

2018       $6,762,000. National Science Foundation for the project: LTER: Georgia Coastal Ecosystems-IV (Merryl Alber P.I. and 21 other co-P.I.s). ~$98,000 awarded to Thompson (co-P.I.)

 

2018       $300,925. Collaborative Research: Integrated Archaeological and Paleoecological Studies of Sea Tenure and Socioecology in Late Holocene Tampa Bay, Florida. National Science Foundation, $192,192 awarded to Thompson (co-P.I.), Thomas Pluckhahn (P.I).

 

2017       $25,200. Doctoral Dissertation Research: Manihiki and Rakahanga: Persistence on the Margins of Oceania. National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards. Victor D. Thompson (P.I.) and Doctoral candidate Justin Cramb (co-P.I.)

 

2016       $25,187. Doctoral Dissertation Research: 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. Victor D. Thompson (P.I.) Brandon Ritchison (co-P.I.)

 

2016       $35,475. Georgia Department of Transportation for the project: Funds in Aid to Facilitate Native American Tribal Participation for the 2016 Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Total awarded to Thompson (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.), William Marquardt (P.I.), Mike Savarese (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.