Paul D. Welch | Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Paul D. Welch

Associate Professor


I study the interaction of economics with social and political organization in small-scale societies. My research focuses on Native American (Indian) societies of the southeastern US before the arrival of Europeans. I have directed excavations in several states of the southeastern US, and worked on other excavations in a half-dozen other states as well as in England, the Netherlands, and Iraq. I also pass for the quantitative methods expert in Athrophology.


  • Anth 240C: Intro to Archaeology
  • Anth 304: Origins of Civilization
  • Anth 455D: Quantitative Methods
  • Anth 430A: Archaeology of North America
  • Anth 480: Senior Seminar
  • Anth 496: Field Methods in Archaeology
  • Anth 510: Seminar in Archaeology of North America
  • Anth 586: Seminar in Advanced Quantitative Methods in Archaeology


Summer Archaeological Field School at Kincaid Mounds

Archaeology of Shiloh Indian Mounds: House-mounds 

Web site for the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (students: see the Student Paper Competition and Book Prize page)

On-line paper about The effect of boiling maize in lye before pounding it to make corn meal

Selected Publications

2006 Leadership and Polity in Mississippian Society, edited by Brian M. Butler and Paul D. Welch. Occasional Papers No. 33, Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

2006 Archaeology at Shiloh Indian Mounds, 1899 to 1999. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

2004 Fieldwork at Swallow Bluff Island Mounds (40HR16) in 2003. Tennessee Archaeology 1:36-48.

2001 Political economy in the late prehistoric period in the southern Appalachians. In Integrating Appalachian Highlands Archaeology, edited by Lynne Sullivan and Susan C. Prezzano, pp. 222-237. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.

1995 Status-related variation in foodways in the Moundville chiefdom. American Antiquity 60:397-419. (Co-authored with C. Margaret Scarry).

1991 Moundville's Economy. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.