William Patrick Ridge
1007 W. Harrison Street
I am an prehistoric archaeologist that is interested in the long-term socio-political changes that occurred in small-scale societies. I am also interested in how regional-wide processes like trade and exchange affect social organization at the local levels of society. My resarch focuses on the Copper Age (4500-2800 BCE) in the Great Hungarian Plain, specifically on settlements of the Bodrogkeresztúr culture period (4000-3500). I have also worked on the Körös Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP) and the Bronze Age Köros Off-Tell Archaeology Project (BAKOTA) in the region. I have previously worked in Greece, looking at the Final Neolithic period (4500-3200 BCE) in the Peloponnese. Here I was part of the Diros Project that conducted fieldwork at the Neolithic cave site of Alepotrepa in the Mani Peninsula. As someone interested in regional-scale analysis, I incorporate methods such as GIS analysis and Social Network Analysis in my research.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor's Graduate Research Award, 2018
Parkinson, W.A., W.P. Ridge, and A. Gyucha. 2018. Village Nucleation and Centralization in the Later Neolithic of Southeastern Europe: A Long-Term, Comparative Approach. In Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Area During the 5th and 4th Millennia BC, edited by S. Dietz, F. Mavridis, Z. Tankosić, and T. Takaoğlu. Oxbow Books: Oxford. Pg. 17-26.
Brown Bag Lecture Series Co-Chair, Graduate Anthropology and Geography Association, Department of Anthropology, UIC
2014-present University of Illinois at Chicago Anthropology PhD program, Chicago, IL
2014 M.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2011 B.A., Classics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Is There Anybody Out There? Copper Age Settlement Survey on the Great Hungarian Plain. Paper to be presented by William P. Ridge at the 120th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Diego, California, 3-6 January 2019
Obsidian Procurement and Exchange in Peru: A Social Network Analysis (SNA). Poster presented by David A. Reid and William P. Ridge at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC, 11-15 April 2018.
On we sweep with thrashing oar: Interaction networks in Aegean Prehistory. Poster presented by William P. Ridge at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada, 29 March – 2 April 2017.
Alepotrypa Cave and Regional Networks of Southern Greece. Paper presented by William P. Ridge at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, FL, 7-10 April 2016.
Size Matters? A Case Study of Population Estimations from the Mani Peninsula in Greece. Paper presented by William P. Ridge and Rebecca M. Seifried at the 117th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco, CA, 6-9 January 2016.
Boundaries, Networks, and Interaction in the Neolithic and Bronze Age Aegean. Paper presented by William A. Parkinson, Daniel Pullen, and William P. Ridge at the 20th Annual Meeting for the European Association of Archaeologists, Istanbul, Turkey, 11-14 September 2014.
Research Currently in Progress
I am currently conducting research that examines the settlement pattern and demographic changes in Copper Age Europe. My fieldwork takes place in the Körös River Basin in Eastern Hungary and focuses on the Bodrogkeresztúr culture period (4000-3500 BCE). Extenisve regional survey took place in summer 2018 and more intensive fieldwork, including systematic surface collection, geophysical survey, and excavations,is scheduled to take place in the spring-summer of 2019.