Asa Randall

Asa R. Randall

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2010; M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2002; B.A., Archaeological Studies, Boston University, 1999

Research Interests

  •  Archaic (10,000—3000 years ago) Communities of the Southeastern United States 
  • Hunter-Gatherer Complexity, Mobility, and Exchange 
  • Monumentality and Social History 
  • Paleohydrology and Social Change 


I examine the ways in which hunter-gatherers of deep antiquity interacted at multiple scales. In particular, I am interested in the material dimensions of community coalescence, dispersion, and ritual integration. My geographic focus is the the St. Johns River in Northeast Florida, best known for scores of shell mounds constructed by hunter-gatherers. The goal of my field research in Florida is to document the histories of Archaic (7300-3000 years ago) shell mounds—which range from habitation spaces to monumental shell and earthworks — and to place them in their environmental and social contexts. As part of this research I am engaged in the analysis of objects (stone tools and marine shell in particular), which can reveal the origins and connections of involved communities. I am also developing a regional geodatabase of Archaic mounds using historic observations, excavation results, and contemporary geospatial data. Prior to working in Florida, my research centered on the technology and mobility practices of Paleoindian and Early Archaic societies (12,000—9000 years ago) along Alabama's middle Tennessee River Valley. 


Recent Publications



Randall, Asa R.


2015 Constructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida. Ripley P. Bullen Series. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.


2014 LiDAR-Aided Reconnaissance and Reconstruction of Lost Landscapes: An Example of Freshwater Shell Mounds (ca. 7500–500 cal b.p.) in northeast Florida, USA. Journal of Field Archaeology 39(2):162-179.

2013 The Chronology and History of Mount Taylor Period (ca. 7400–4600 cal B.P.) Shell Sites on the Middle St. Johns River, Florida. Southeastern Archaeology32(2):193-217. 



Wallis, Neill J. and Asa R. Randall (editors)

2014 New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Courses Taught


ANTH 1413 — Great Discoveries in Archaeology
 ANTH 4863 — Southeastern Archaeology
 ANTH 4953 — Landscape Archaeology
 ANTH 5863 — Hunter-Gatherers
 ANTH 6713 — Archaeological Theory
 ANTH 6803 — Advanced Archaeological Theory


Contact Information

 Office: Dale Hall Tower 805c
 Phone: (405) 325-4456