Andrew Upton

  • Doctoral Candidate (Archaeology)
  • TA ISS 220 Summer 2016


Research Interests

  • Midwestern Archaeology
  • Ethnicity
  • Migration
  • Social Interaction
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Ceramic Compositional Analyses
  • Archaeometry
  • Oneota
  • Mississippian

Current Research Projects

Andrew Upton (M.A.) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His dissertation research focuses on the central importance of the composition and structure of networks of interaction and social identification in assessing how both indigenous and migrant peoples approach interethnic relations. He models the nature of coexistence in multiethnic social environments using archaeological data across the Middle to Late Mississippian transition in the Late Prehistoric central Illinois River valley (ca. A.D. 1200-1400), where he has been working since 2011 as part of the Morton Village project.

Andrew is also engaged in research supported by the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund, a program of the Reed Foundation, to investigate the historicity of patterns of interethnic interaction among the Santee Dakota and Ojibwa of the Upper Great Lakes.


Upton, A. J., W. A. Lovis, and J. A. Urquhart. 2015. An Empirical Test of Shell Tempering as an Alkaline Agent in the Nixtamalization Process. Journal of Archaeological Science 62: 39-44.

Holt, J.Z., Upton, A.J., Hanlin, S.J. 2015. Sourcing Prehistoric Ceramics from Western Illinois. Illinois Antiquity 50(3):8-10.