Dr. Alice P. Wright


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

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

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Anthropology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6384

Fax: (828) 262-2982

Office address
322 Anne Belk Hall