607 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
I am an anthropological archaeologist who examines the relationships between mobility, environment, history, and sociopolitical organization on the islands and coasts of the Southeastern United States. My research spans four thousand years and has included archaeological investigations in Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
My research focuses on the relationships between migrations and other mobility strategies, climate change, and sociopolitical organizations in the ancient Eastern United States. I have been examining the case of the 14th century abandonment of the Savannah River Valley and the effects this abandonment and ensuing large-scale immigration event had on the neighboring Georgia Coast. In my research I employ multi-scalar spatial and chronological analyses of settlement, ceramic, and radiocarbon data.
I have had the privilege of instructing and supervising over 120 students and volunteers (and counting!) in test-unit excavations, shallow geophysical surveys, and systematic shovel test surveys at sites on the Georgia Coast, including the Kenan Field site, a 60-ha multi-component site on Sapelo Island, Georgia, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
I am also involved in many collaborations. I have been a part of a wide array of projects, including research on reconstructing past environments, radiocarbon sampling techniques, and on the state of the anthropology academic job market and the discipline’s ongoing issues in reaching equitable representation.
My current research focuses on refining understandings of space and time in the past. My ongoing projects aim to better understand the development of institutionalized inequality, especially as it relates to mobility practices, conceptions of property, ownership, debt, and gender.
Bayesian chronological modeling, Community organization, Paleodemography, Spatial analysis and GIS applications in archaeology, Archaeological geophysics, Migration, Monumentality, Historical Ecology, Political Economy, Heritage management, Climate Change
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2019
B.A., University of Kentucky, 2012
ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 449 - North American Archaeology
ANTH 499 - Introduction to GIS in Archaeology
ANTH 499 - Archaeology of Time
2020 Ritchison, Brandon T. Using Radiocarbon Data to Chronologically Control Population Density Estimates Derived from Systematically Collected Intra-Settlement Data. Radiocarbon. DOI:10.1017/RDC.2020.107.
2020 Ritchison, Brandon T., Victor D. Thompson, Isabelle Lulewicz, Bryan Tucker, and John A. Turck. Climate Change, Resilience, and the Native American Fisher-Hunter-Gatherers of the Late Holocene on the Georgia Coast, USA. Quaternary International. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.08.030.
2020 Thompson, Victor D., Torben Rick, Carey J. Garland, David Hurst Thomas, Karen Y. Smith,
Sarah Bergh, Matt Sanger, Bryan Tucker, Isabelle Lulewicz, Anna M. Semon, John Schalles, Christine Hladik, Clark Alexander, Brandon T. Ritchison. Ecosystem Stability and Native American Oyster Harvesting along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Science Advances 6(28):eaba9652.
2019 Hadden, Carla S., Kathy M. Loftis, Alexander Cherkinsky, Brandon T. Ritchison, Isabelle H. Lulewicz, and Victor D. Thompson. Radiocarbon in Marsh Periwinkle (Littorina irrorata) Conchiolin: Applications for Archaeology. Radiocarbon 61(5):1489–1500.
2018 Ritchison, Brandon T. Investigating 14th Century Immigration and Settlement Response on the Georgia Coast, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 21:606–618.
2018 Ritchison, Brandon T. Exploring a Bayesian Method for Examining the Regional Ceramic Sequence along the Georgia Coast. Southeastern Archaeology 37(1):12–21.
2018 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 R. Edwards, and Victor D. Thompson. Recent Hiring Trends and Trajectories in Anthropology Faculty Positions. PLOS ONE 13(9): e0202528. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202528
2018 Speakman, Robert J., Carla S. Hadden, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin Cramb, K.C. Jones, Travis W. Jones, Corbin L. Kling, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katherine G. Napora, Katherine L. Reinberger, Brandon T. Ritchison, Maria Jose Rivera-Araya, April K. Smith, and Victor D. Thompson. Choosing a Path to the Ancient World in a Modern Market: the Reality of Faculty Jobs in Archaeology. American Antiquity 83(1):1–12.
2018 Thompson, Victor D., Chester B. DePratter, Jacob Lulewicz, Isabelle Lulewicz, Amanda Roberts Thompson, Justin Cramb, Brandon T. Ritchison, and Matthew Colvin. The Archaeology and Remote Sensing of Santa Elena’s Four Millennia of Occupation. Remote Sensing 10(2):248–278.
2017 Thompson, Victor D., Thomas Pluckhahn, Matthew Colvin, Justin Cramb, Jacob Lulewicz, Katherine G. Napora, Brandon T. Ritchison. Plummets, Public Ceremonies, and Interaction Networks during the Woodland Period in Florida. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48(2017):193–206.