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St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
My research explores major shifts in the structure of social, economic, and political organization. I am specifically interested in the transformation of both ritual/religious and economic structures as complex hunter-gatherers transition to a heavier reliance on domesticated food production. Globally, this change is generally manifested by the development of inter-regional exchange networks, the construction of monumental architecture, and participation in ritual/religious movements. Currently, I am examining these changes by way of Early and Middle Woodland populations that inhabited the Ohio River Valley of Eastern North America between approximately 800 B.C. and A.D. 250. These peoples built burial mounds and geometric earthworks, organized a continental trade network, and developed ritual symbolism and practices that may represent the beginning of a religious institution. However, peoples of the Ohio Valley participated in this cultural development at various scales. Because of the disparity in how people participated in the dynamic economic and religious structures during this time, I approach these issues from a broad landscape scale. Geographic information systems (GIS), various remote sensing techniques (LiDAR, aerial photography, geophysical), geoarchaeology, and Bayesian modeling of chronometric dates allow me to evaluate structural change of varying types and degrees across social landscapes in the Ohio River Valley. My dissertation research investigates Early and Middle Woodland landscapes in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky and their development through time; focusing on how and why peoples periodically convened to alter their surrounding environment within the context of social transformation and ritual action.
Wright, Alice P., and Edward R. Henry, editors
2013 Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
Refereed Journal Articles
Henry, Edward R., Anthony Ortmann, Lee J. Arco, and Tristram R. Kidder
2017 Tetrahedron baked-clay objects from an early woodland context at the Jaketown site, Mississippi. Southeastern Archaeology 36:1, 34-45. DOI: 10.1080/0734578X.2016.1223498
Henry, Edward R. and Casey R. Barrier
2016 The Organization of Dissonance in Adena-Hopewell Societies of Eastern North America. World Archaeology 48(1): 87-109. DOI:10.1080/00438243.2015.1132175
Henry, Edward R., Nicolas R. Laracuente, Jared S. Case, and Jay K. Johnson
2014 Incorporating Multistaged Geophysical Data into Regional-scale Models: a Case Study from an Adena Burial Mound in Central Kentucky Archaeological Prospection 21(1): 15–26. DOI: 10.1002/arp.1474
Kassabaum, Megan C., Edward R. Henry, Vincas P. Steponaitis, and John W. O’hear
2014 Between Surface and Summit: the Process of Mound Construction at Feltus. Archaeological Prospection 21(1): 27–37. DOI: 10.1002/arp.1473
McNutt, Charles H., Jay Franklin, and Edward R. Henry
2012 New Perspectives on Mississippian Occupations in West Tennessee and Northwest Mississippi: Recent Chronological and Geophysical Investigations at Chucalissa (40SY1), Shelby County, Tennessee. Southeastern Archaeology 31:2, 231-250. DOI: 10.1179/sea.2012.31.2.007
Henry, Edward R.
2011 A Multistage Geophysical Approach to Detecting and Interpreting Archaeological Features at the LeBus Circle, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Archaeological Prospection 18:4, 231-244. DOI: 10.1002/arp.418
Johnson, Jay K. and Edward R. Henry
2015 Excavations at the South Thomas Street Site (22Le1002): An Early 18th Century Hamlet Located on the Periphery of the Major Chickasaw Settlement in Northeastern Mississippi. In Exploring Southeastern Archaeology: Essays in Honor of Samuel O. Brookes, edited by Patricia Galloway and Evan Peacock, pp. 243-265. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson.
Henry, Edward R.
2013 Adena Political Organization and Variation on the Early and early-Middle Woodland Ritual Landscape in the Kentucky Bluegrass. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast, edited by Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry, pp. 219-233. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
Jefferies, Richard W., George R. Milner, and Edward R. Henry
2013 Winchester Farm: A Small Adena Enclosure in Central Kentucky. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast, edited by Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry, pp. 91-107. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
Wright, Alice P., and Edward R. Henry
2013 Emerging Approaches to the Landscapes of the Early and Middle Woodland Southeast. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast, edited by Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry, pp. 1-16. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2016 Review of: Chaco Revisited: New research on the prehistory of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, edited by Carrie C. Heitman and Stephen Plog. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26:4, 751-753.
The Black Trowel Collective
2016 Foundations of an Anarchist Archaeology: A Community Manifesto. Savage Minds, 31 Oct. 2016, http://savageminds.org/2016/10/31/foundations-of-an-anarchist-archaeology-a-community-manifesto. Accessed 25 Jan. 2017.
Henry, Edward R., Bill Angelbeck, Uzma Z. Rizvi
2017 Against Typology: A Critical Approach To Archaeological Order. The SAA Archaeological Record 17:1, 28-32.
Baires, Sarah E. and Edward R. Henry
2015 Gender Roles and Archaeologists in the Southeast: Working Toward Equality. Horizon and Tradition: The Newsletter of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference 57:1, 14-18.