Jeremy J. Wilson’s Homepage

Department of Anthropology

Indiana University School of Liberal Arts

Photo: 2010 IUPUI Field School students and Jeremy Wilson at the Lawrenz Gun Club site in the central Illinois River valley.


Greetings and thank you for visiting my website, which admittedly is a work in progress. I would suggest coming back periodically for updates.  I hope to post a series of datasets related to various research projects in the coming months.

I am a bioarchaeologist by training, which means I analyze human skeletal remains from archaeological sites. More generally, I would be referred to as a biological anthropologist. However, I have often found this singular definition as a bioarchaeologist limiting and a poor reflection of the diverse anthropological training that I have received from my mentors, instructors, and peers.  In short, I am interested in pre-Industrial social and population dynamics. Similarly, I would consider myself an anthropological archaeologist with diverse research interests in the Archaic & late Pre-Columbian periods of the Eastern Woodlands, anthropological & archaeological demography, human skeletal biology, behavioral ecology, lithic technologies, and quantitative modeling.

I received my training in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University (SUNY) under Dr. Dawnie Steadman (presently the director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee).  I was also fortunate to work closely with Drs. George Milner, Lyle Konigsberg, and Jesper Boldsen during the course of my doctoral research that examined demographic and epidemiological variability in late prehistoric west-central Illinois.

Geographically, I have conducted substantial research in the central Illinois River and lower Ohio River Valleys, as well as Upper Susquehanna and Delaware River Valleys of New York.

In 2011, Dr. G. William Monaghan and I ran a joint IUPUI and Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology (GBL) Field School at the Angel Mounds State Historic (12Vg1) site in southwestern Indiana. For more information on the 2011 IUPUI/GBL Archaeology Field School at Angel Mounds, please visit the following website-

In 2010, I ran the IUPUI Archaeological Field School at the Lawrenz Gun Club (11Cs4) site in west-central Illinois.  It is a Mississippian center dating between the 12th and 14th centuries. For more information on the 2010 excavations, check out the following website-

Dr. Jeremy J. Wilson

Department of Anthropology

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

425 University Boulevard

Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

Contact Information:

Phone: 317-274-5787


Fall 2011 Courses

West-central Illinois:

University of California at Santa Barbara’s Living with War Archaeology Project-

Arizona State University &the Center for American Archeology’s The Buried Gardens of Kampsville (Middle Woodland/Hopewell) Project-


Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey Field School at Strawtown Koteewi Park (Noblesville, IN)-

Indiana University-Bloomington’s Yankeetown (Late Woodland/Mississippian) Project in southwestern Indiana-


Other IL & IN Field Schools

Check back soon for class information.

Photo: Remnant of a probable mound at the Lawrenz Gun Club site.

Photo: View of northwestern area of Lawrenz Gun Club site.  The 2010 IUPUI excavations focused on domestic structures in this area, as well as the identification of a probable palisade that surrounded the Mississippian period village.

Photo: Mississippian beaker from the Ester Berry site in the central Illinois River valley.