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Archaeological Excavations on the Upper Cumberland Plateau, Paleoindian - Mississippian Archaeology at the Pile & West Mound sites and Rock Creek Mortar Shelter


Location: Jamestown, Tennessee, United States

Season: 
July 6, 2016 to August 18, 2016

Session dates: 
This course meets essentially 2nd Summer Session for ETSU. We will plan on arriving at Pickett State Park on July 6th, 2016 and departing August 18th, 2016. The course is offered for six credit hours. Students interested in a three hour section should contact Jay Franklin before applying. Likewise, interested volunteers should contact Jay Franklin before applying.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon etsu_summer_2016_field_school.pdf

Program Type

Field school
Volunteer

no

Affiliation:

East Tennessee State University

Project Director:

Jay D. Franklin, PhD, East Tennessee State University

Project Description

We will spend six weeks on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee investigating three sites: Rock Creek Mortar Shelter, the Pile Mound Site, and the West Mound Site. We will be staying and working out of Pickett State CCC Memorial Rustic State Park. More specifically, we will be working from the new Pickett State Park Archaeology Museum and ETSU Archaeological Research Station. Students will gain experience working in a stratified rock shelter site with deposits ranging from more than 11,500 years ago to 1,000 years ago. They will excavate a 13th century house floor and associated features at the Pile Mound site. They will participate in geophysical investigations of the 6m high West Mound and do some testing around the mound. Finally, students will also get a unique opportunity to engage the public. Students will be rotated to conduct tours of the new archaeology museum and rock shelter site. Visitors will also be able to observe us and interact with us while we clean, process, and sort artifacts at the museum/research station.

 

 

 

 

Period(s) of Occupation: Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian

Notes: 
rock shelter, Mississippian mounds, Paleoindian, prehistoric house floors

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks, preferably 5-6 weeks > check with Jay Franklin

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
none

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay in houses at Pickett State Park. You will need to bring linens in all likelihood. In short, room and board (meals) are provided for you by the project. Breakfast and dinner will be eaten at the park daily (we will grocery shop 2-3 times/week). Students are responsible for their own meal preparation. Students will pack a lunch to the site daily.

Cost: 
NOTE: all participants, including volunteers, are required to pay the non-refundable $50.00 materials fee for the course. See http://faculty.etsu.edu/franklij/field_school_application.htm Students are responsible for their tuition and fees (in-state rates). See http://www.etsu.edu/fa/fs/bursar/tuitioninfo/feeschedule.aspx . Lodging will be provided by the project for students who need it (those coming from outside the area). Food costs are also covered by the project's funding.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
East Tennessee State University
Number of credits offered 6 credit hours (perhaps 3 but contact Jay Franklin
Tuition: 
Students will be responsible for their tuition costs and associated fees. In an effort to make the field experience more affordable for students, the course is offered as three (3) credit hours OR 6 credit hours (If the 3 credit hour option is chosen, students may later repeat the course for a total of six credit hours). In-State rates are offered for all students. Out of state students are urged to contact Jay Franklin ASAP to make these arrangements. In state rates for out-of-state students are provided by a separate contract in association with Terre Ancienne, a French archaeological organization with whom we work and have exchange agreements. For non-ETSU students, there is a $25.00 University application fee as visiting students. See Visiting Students on ETSU's web site.

Location

Contact Information
Jay Franklin, PhD
Box 70644, ETSU
Johnson City
TN
U. S.
37614-1702
Telephone: 
423-833-6249
Fax: 
423-439-5313
Recommended Bibliography: 

See these links for some context for the sites we will be investigating (Bibliography follows links - you can also go to Jay Franklin's Academia.edu page for these readings):

https://tennesseearchaeologycouncil.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/30-days-of-...

https://tennesseearchaeologycouncil.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/30-days-of-...

https://tennesseearchaeologycouncil.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/30-days-of-...

http://www.canal-u.tv/video/universite_toulouse_ii_le_mirail/prehistory_...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuVq_d6YMWk

Frankin, Jay. D., Frédéric Surmely, Maureen A. Hays, Lucinda M. Langston, and Travis Bow
2016 The Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Archaeology of Rock Creek Mortar Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In “Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Archaeology in Tennessee”, invited special volume of Tennessee Archaeology, edited by Jesse Tune and D. Shane Miller. Submitted, in review.
Franklin, Jay D., Lucinda M. Langston, and Meagan E. Dennison
2016 Bedrock Mortar Hole Sites as Artifacts of Women’s Taskscapes: Late Archaic and Early Woodland Chaîne Opératoire on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. In Gendered Perceptions of Native American Landscapes, edited by Cheryl Claassen. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. In Press.

Franklin, Jay D.
2014 Late/Terminal Archaic Site Formation at Far View Gap Bluff Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Instances of Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology in Mountainous Areas of the Eastern United States: Papers from Upland Archaeology in the East Symposium XI, compiled by Clarence R. Geier, pp. 144-161. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Franklin, Jay D. and Jeffrey W. Navel
* 2014 Late Woodland Lithic Technology and Assemblage Formation of Far View Gap Bluff Shelter on the Upper Cumberland Plateau, Fentress County, Tennessee. In Instances of Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology in Mountainous Areas of the Eastern United States: Papers from Upland Archaeology in the East Symposium XI, compiled by Clarence R. Geier, pp. 162-176. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Franklin, Jay D.
2013 Into the Mountain: Archaic Period Chert Mining and Chaîne Opératoire at 3rd Unnamed Cave, Tennessee, U. S. A. Archeologia Postmedievale 17:109-120 (Special Volume: “Carved Mountains. Engraved Stones”). ITALY

Franklin, J. D., M. E. Dennison, M. A. Hays, J. Navel, and A. D. Dye
2013 The Early and Middle Woodland of the Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast, edited by A. Wright and E. Henry, pp. 71-88. University Press of Florida.

Franklin, Jay D., Maureen A. Hays, Sarah C. Sherwood, and Lucinda M. Langston
2012 An Integrated Approach: Lithic Analyses and Site Function, Eagle Drink Bluff Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Contemporary Lithic Analysis in the Southeast: Problems, Solutions, and Interpretation, edited by Phillip J. Carr, Andrew P. Bradbury, and Sarah E. Price, pp. 128-145. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.
Franklin, Jay D., Renee B. Walker, Maureen A. Hays, and Chase W. Beck
[2010] Late Archaic Site Use at Sachsen Cave Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In A View from under a Rock: Rockshelters in Anthropological Perspective, edited by Paul A. Raber and Jonathan Burns, special volume of North American Archaeologist 31(3):447-479.

Franklin, Jay D. and Sierra M. Bow
2010 Archaeological Exploration of the Workshop Rock Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Pottery, Passages, Postholes, and Porcelain: Essays in Honor of Charles H. Faulkner, Report of Investigations No. 53, Department of Anthropology & Occasional Paper No. 22, Frank H. McClung Museum, edited by Timothy Baumann and Mark Groover, pp. 53-69. University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Franklin, Jay D. and Sierra M. Bow
2009 Archaeological Exploration of Workshop Rock Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Colleague, Mentor, and Friend: Papers in Honor of Charles H. Faulkner, edited by Timothy Baumann and Mark Groover, special edition of Tennessee Archaeology 4(1, 2):145-162.

Franklin, Jay D.
2008 Big Cave Archaeology in the East Fork Obey River Gorge. In Cave Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands: Essays in Honor of Patty Jo Watson, edited by David H. Dye, pp. 141-155. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.
Franklin, Jay D.
2008 Luminescence Dates and Woodland Ceramics from Rock Shelters on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. Tennessee Archaeology 3(1):87-100.
Franklin, J. D. And J. F. Simek
2008 Core Refitting and the Accuracy of Techniques for Aggregate Lithic Analyses: The Case of 3rd Unnamed Cave, Tennessee. Southeastern Archaeology 27(1):108-121.

Franklin, JayD.
2001 Excavating and Analyzing Prehistoric Lithic Quarries: An Example from 3rd Unnamed Cave, Tennessee. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 26(2):199-217.
Franklin, J.D., J.F. Simek, and A. Cressler
2001 The Art and Archaeology of 22nd Unnamed Cave, Tennessee. Tennessee Caver 2(2):13-18.

Simek, J.F., J.D. Franklin, and S.C. Sherwood
1998 The Context of Early Southeastern Prehistoric Cave Art: A Report on the Archaeology of 3rd Unnamed Cave. American Antiquity 63(4):663-677.