The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Eric Jones a major research grant to support three years of research into the settlement ecology of middle-range societies in the Piedmont Southeast. Dr. Jones will analyze the spatial relationships between settlements and various natural and cultural landscape features for the period of AD 1000–1600. Undergraduate students will assist in the project by collecting data on archaeological sites and reconstructing past landscapes using Geographic Information Systems. The goal of this research is to provide explanations for why sociopolitical and socioeconomic hierarchies arose in certain locations and not others, how those societies interacted with more egalitarian societies socially, politically, and economically, and how the existence of hierarchical societies and these interactions shaped the landscapes of the Southeast into today. Wake Forest students also will assist Dr. Jones during excavations this summer at a site that will hopefully provide significant details about the social organization of egalitarian societies in the region.