William Patrick Ridge
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1007 W. Harrison Street
I am a 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 research focuses on the Copper Age (4500-2800 BCE) in the Great Hungarian Plain, specifically on settlements of the Bodrogkeresztúr culture period (4000-3500). I am currently directing the Copper Age Settlement Project (CASP) in Békés County, Hungary. Additionally, I have worked on the Körös Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP), Prehistoric Interactions on the Plain Project (PIPP), and the Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeology Project (BAKOTA), which are also conducting research in Eastern Hungary. 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.
American Philosophical Society, Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research, 2019
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
I Would Walk 500 Miles: Survey of Copper Age Settlements in Eastern Hungary.Paper to be presented by William P. Ridge at the 84thAnnual Meeting of the Society for America Archaeology, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 10-14 April 2019
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
My current research examines the changing settlement patterns and demographic shifts 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). My fieldwork, the Copper Age Settlement Project (CASP), has consisted of extensive regional survey took in summer 2018 and more intensive fieldwork, including systematic surface collection, geophysical survey, and excavations in summer 2019.