Brian Jones


Brian Jones is Connecticut’s State Archaeologist and is associated with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. Brian has worked as an archaeologist since 1992 and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998. Brian has a broad background in New England archaeology that spans the Paleoindian period through the industrial era. His special fields of interest include the peopling of the New World, lithic analysis and geoarchaeology. He has recently made the archaeology of 17th Century Connecticut one of his top priorities.

Selected publications:

In Press “Hidden Creek and Ohomowauke: Documenting Continuity and Variability Between Two Paleoindian Sites on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Southeastern Connecticut” In In the Eastern Fluted Pot Tradition, Volume 2, edited by Joseph Gingerich. The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. Co-authored with Z. Singer.

In review “Locus 10: An Atlantic-Phase Terminal Archaic Lithic Workshop in Marshfield, MA.” Submitted to Archaeology of Eastern North America for publication in 2017. Co-authroed with Brianna Rae.

2015 “Interpreting Cultural Stone Landscapes in Southeastern Connecticut.” Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut, No. 77.

2014 Hydraulic Back-flood model for the Archaeological Stratigraphy of the Connecticut River Alluvial Lowland. Quaternary International 342, Pages 173–185. Co-authored with R. Thorson and Daniel Forrest.

2013 Book Review: Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples, by Lucianne Lavin, 2013, Yale University Press, New Haven. Northeast Anthropology 79/80, 147–151.

2008a Late Archaic Sites Documented During the Route 7 Reconstruction Survey, New Milford, Connecticut. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 70: 17-30 (with Lisa Centola).

2008b The Adriaen’s Landing Project and the Development of the Connecticut River Floodplain at Hartford. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 70: 5-16 (with Daniel Forrest and R. Thorson).

2008c Wither Archaeology? A book review of “Archaeology Matters: Action Archaeology in the Modern World” by Jeremy A. Sabloff, Left Coast Press. The Internet Review of Books, July 2008:

2007a The Simple and the Complex: Two Small Upland Lithic Scatters in North Stonington, Connecticut. In Current Approaches to the Analysis and Interpretation of Small Lithic Sites in the Northeast, edited by Christina B. Rieth. New York State Museum Bulletin 508, pp. 77-88. New York State Education Department, Albany.

2007b The Colonization of the Curriculum: 13,000 years of Missing History in the Connecticut Content Standards of the Social Sciences, with Suggestions for Class Exercises. Connecticut History 46(2): 265-281.

2007c Historical Archaeology and the Connecticut Social Studies Curriculum. Connecticut History 46(2): 256-264.

2007d A Suggested Curriculum Outline for the Use of the Online Resource: “The Clark Farm Tenant House”. Connecticut History 46(2): 282-286 (with H. Alexson).

2006 Indigenous Archaeology in Southern New England: Case Studies from the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Native Peoples and Archaeology in the Northeastern United States, edited by Jordan Kerber, pp. 265-280. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln (with K. McBride).

2005 The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center Program in Archaeological Research and Preservation. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 67: 77-84.

2004a Archaeology and Technology in the 21st Century. Conference on New England Archaeology Newsletter 23: 1-8.

2004b Paleoindian Population Dynamics in New England: Possible Typological Consequences. In Hunters and Gatherers in Theory and Archaeology, Occasional Paper No. 31, edited by George M. Crothers, pp. 48-67. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

2003a Life in a Postglacial Landscape: Settlement-Subsistence Change during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition in Southern New England. Geoarchaeology of Landscapes in the Glaciated Northeast, New York State Museum Bulletin 497, edited by David L. Cremeens and John P. Hart, pp. 75-89. The New York State Education Department, Albany (with D. Forrest).

2003b The Mashantucket Pequot Archaeological Excavations at Lake of Isles, North Stonington. Connecticut Preservation News: 26(5): 5&15.

2002a Continuity vs. Change During the Last Three Millennia at Mashantucket. Northeast Anthropology 64: 17-29.

2002b Recent Excavations at Lake of Isles. Crosspaths Museum News, a publication of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center 5(2): 6.

2002c Recent Botanical Identifications from Two Early Sites at Mashantucket. Conference on New England Archaeology Newsletter 21: 11 (with J. Mancini).

2000a New Insights into the Peopling of the Americas. Crosspaths Museum News, a publication of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center 3(1): 4-5.

2000b Excavation Update: Preston Plains Energy Center Site. Connecticut Preservation News, May/June, p. 13 (with J. Mancini).

1999a The Middle Archaic Period in Connecticut: The View From Mashantucket, Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 62: 101-123.

1999b The Paleo Period. In Connecticut Archaeology, edited by Keegan and Keegan, pp. 8-14. Bibliopola Press, Storrs.

1998 Human Adaptation to the Changing Northeastern Environment at the End of the Pleistocene, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Connecticut. University Microfilms Number 9906705, UMI, Ann Arbor.

1997a The Late Paleoindian Hidden Creek Site in Southeastern Connecticut. Archaeology of Eastern North America 25:45-80.

1997b Prehistoric Archaeology of the Great Swamp Basin, South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 58(2): 44-56 (with D. George).

1991 Neue Ergebnisse zur Entstehung des modernen Menschen [New Information Concerning the Evolution of Modern Humans], Archaeologische Informationen 14(2): 176-194 (with F. Mangartz).