Dr. Alice P. Wright

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2014 University of Michigan
M.A. 2010 University of Michigan
B.A. 2007 Wake Forest University

Office Address: 322 Anne Belk Hall
Email: wrightap2@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-6384
Fax: 828-262-2982

Areas of Research/Interest
Southeastern archaeology, pre-Columbian interaction, Hopewell, the built environment and monumentality, landscapes, GIS, archaeological geophysics, community and applied archaeology, heritage management; Southern Appalachians, Southeastern U.S. 

Archaeology and the Human Past, North American Archaeology, Mesoamerican Cultures

Dr. Wright is an anthropological archaeologist broadly interested in the dynamics of cross cultural encounters and the ways in which far-reaching interaction networks shape and are shaped by local social, political, economic, and ideological institutions. She currently studies pre-Columbian interactions in the Eastern United States – specifically, the Middle Woodland Hopewell phenomenon and its expression in the American Southeast. Recently, she focused on the Garden Creek site in western North Carolina, where she explored the relationships between community aggregation, monumentality, and craft production and exchange. Her ongoing and future research projects include: (1) geochemical and technological stylistic analyses of Blue Ridge mica artifacts; (2) investigation of Middle Woodland settlement patterns in the Appalachian Summit; (3) collaborative fieldwork at the Middle Woodland Pinson Mounds site in west Tennessee.  These and other projects engage diverse field and lab methods, including near-surface geophysical prospection and GIS-based analyses, and will involve collaborations with the public and other stakeholders in archaeological research. 

Representative Publications
Journal Articles
2014   History, Monumentality, and Interaction in the Appalachian Summit Middle Woodland. American Antiquity 78(2)

2014   The multiple uses of geophysical data in archaeology: informing excavation strategies and defining new research questions at monumental sites. Second author with Timothy J. Horsley and Casey R. Barrier. Archaeological Prospection 21:75-86

Edited Book
2013   Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast, co-edited with Edward R. Henry. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Book Chapters
2013   Emerging Approaches to Landscapes in the Early and Middle   Woodland Southeast. First author with Edward R. Henry. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

2013   Under the Mound: The Early Life History of the Garden Creek Mound No. 2 Site. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Online Contributions
Co-founder and blogger, SEAC Underground        


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Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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