Alice Wright Ph.D

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.

There are 3 included publications by Alice Wright Ph.D:

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Local and ‘‘Global’’ Perspectives on the Middle Woodland Southeast 2017 659 During the Middle Woodland period, from 200 BC to AD 600, south-eastern societies erected monuments, interacted widely, and produced some of the most striking material culture of the pre-Columbian era, but these developments are often overshadowed by...
Private property, public archaeology: resident communities as stakeholders in American archaeology 2015 639 In the United States, archaeological sites on private lands have few legal protections, and are thus at risk of damage or destruction. To alleviate these risks, archaeologists must engage thoughtfully with private property owners and develop strategi...
Ritualised Craft Production at The Hopewell Periphery: New Evidence From The Appalachian Summit 2015 639 Ritual items made of thin mica sheet are among the most spectacular of the special objects from the Hopewell sites of the Ohio Valley. Hitherto it has generally been believed that the mica was imported in raw material form from sources in the Appalac...