Matthew Timothy Bradley | Freelance portfolio

Clips, samples, and selections of my work

I began freelancing in November of 2012 with a piece on winter outdoor recreation. Since then I have sold a number of outdoor and nature-related pieces, as well as doing some science writing. I am particularly proud of the opportunities I have had to write on issues of cultural heritage, an area where a number of my interests converge.


When I hear the phrase ‘family-friendly workplace’

The fertility trap

Apple and Facebook just announced that their benefits packages will cover up to $20,000 worth of expenses towards freezing employee ova. A digital flood of praise and condemnation has predictably followed close in the wake of the announcement.


Tony Soprano on Columbus Day

Identity politics are the worst

Being as I am from an American Indian community, I feel about Christopher Columbus similarly to how I imagine a lot of Eastern Europeans probably feel about Vladimir Lenin. “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” True enough! But you are still a shitty fucking head chef.


Settlement pattern research levels of analysis

Bruce Trigger at his best

Few writers could turn difficult concepts into easily-read prose better than could Bruce Trigger have made the difficult read easily better than did Bruce Trigger, and rarely did he do it better than in his 1968 programmatic essay “The determinants of settlement patterns” (in Settlement archaeology, ed. Kwang-chih Chang (Palo Alto, Calif.: National Press Books, 1968), 53–78).


Analogism: an ontology visualized

Descola’s ontology illustrated

Analogism can be seen as a hermeneutic dream of completeness and totalization which proceeds from a dissatisfaction: admitting that all the components of the world are separated by tiny discontinuities, it entertains the hope of weaving these weakly differentiated elements in a canvas of affinities and attractions which has all the appearances of continuity.1

The hydra is a classic—and Classical—representation of analogism.

Hercules slaying the Hydra in a 3rd century mosaic from Roman Hispania.


Marilyn Strathern has a gift for you

Godelier’s ‘The Metamorphoses of Kinship’ reviewed

Get it?


Lower Town historical geography

Locating Cherokee sites in SC and North Georgia

During the mid-18th century a number of the Cherokee settlements in the Savannah and Chattahoochee river basins relocated, dissolved, or were destroyed in the wake of conflict with the Creek Nation and outbreaks of infectious disease. This turmoil, combined with Cherokee place name conventions, clouds attempts to track movement amongst these Lower Towns.

I have come to know the various historical documents, maps, archaeological reports, and landscape features well enough to become convinced that it would be possible to reconstruct the c. 1720 Lower Town settlement pattern to serve as a benchmark for research in Cherokee historical geography. Such a reconstruction would identify points in Cartesian space in order to help tie communities named in the documentary record to landmarks on the terrain. This post is meant to illustrate the most important of the sources and methods available for the creation of a synchronic Lower Town settlement pattern for the year 1720.

The paths up from Charleston to Keowee and Chauga on George Hunter’s 1730 map.



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