Jacob Lulewicz

Lecturer in Archaeology
research interests:
  • Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Eastern North America; Social Networks; Political Organization, Kinship; Social Movements and Collective Actions; Bayesian Chronological Modeling; Settlement Archaeology; Archaeological Geophysics and Remote Sensing; GIS and Spatial Analyses; Quantitative Archaeology; Ceramic Analysis; Collections-Based Research
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  • Washington University
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  • St. Louis MO 63130
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Research Interests

As an anthropologist, I am most concerned with how societies reorganize themselves, especially in the context of heightened social, political, and economic uncertainty. My expertise is in the archaeology of eastern North America with a particular focus on the societies of the midwestern and southeastern United States between roughly 250 BC and AD 1600. Using a range of analytical approaches including formal network analyses, high-resolution chronological modeling, traditional ceramic analysis, and archaeological geophysics, I explore long-term sociopolitical histories, especially with regard to how major ruptures in these histories articulated with the reorganization of social networks across large regions and among diverse populations. 

Most recently, I have been working in the Southern Appalachian region (southeastern Tennessee and northern Georgia) to investigate how different kinds of social capital, generated through social networks, were used by Indigenous populations over 1,000 years ago to mediate the uncertainties associated with shifting social, political, and economic landscapes. Building on this work, my next project is devoted to understanding articulations between social networks, climate change, and immigration. More specifically, I am interested in how 1) social networks structured immigration events of populations from middle Tennessee into the Southern Appalachian region in the context of recurring droughts and increased population pressure and how 2) Southern Appalachian communities and institutions were restructured to incorporate new immigrants and sustain increasingly diverse local and regional populations. 


Lulewicz, Jacob and Adam Coker. 2018. The Structure of the Mississippian World: A Social Network Approach to the Organization of Sociopolitical Interactions. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 50:113-127. 

Lulewicz, Jacob. 2018. Radiocarbon Dating, Bayesian Modeling, and Alternative Historical Frameworks: A Case Study from the Southeastern United States. Advances in Archaeological Practice 6:1-14. 

Thompson, Victor D., Chester B. DePratter, Jacob Lulewicz, Isabelle Lulewicz, Matthew Colvin, Justin Cramb, and Brandon T. Ritchison. 2018. The Archaeology and Remote Sensing of Santa Elena's Four Millennia of Occupation. Remote Sensing 10(2):248-277. 

Thompson, Victor D., Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Matthew Colvin, Justin Cramb, Jacob Lulewicz, Katherine Napora, and Brandon Ritchison. 2017. Plummets, Public Ceremonies, and Macroregional Interactions during the Woodland Period in Florida. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48:193-206.

Colvin, Matthew and Jacob Lulewicz. 2016. Report of the Summer 2015 Field Season at Buckhead (9CH150), Ossabaw Island, Georgia. Early Georgia 43(1&2):101-105. 

Birch, Jennifer, Jacob Lulewicz, and Abigail Rowe. 2016. A Comparative Analysis of the Late Woodland-Early Mississippian Settlement Landscape in Northern Georgia. Southeastern Archaeology 35(1):115-133. 

Birch, Jennifer and Jacob Lulewicz. 2015. Archaeological and Geophysical Investigations of Raccoon Ridge, a Transitional Late Woodland-Early Mississippian Village in the Georgia Piedmont. Early Georgia 42(2):89-103. 


The Archaeology of Warfare and Violence

The Archaeology of Time

GIS for Anthropologists