Ames Plantation Prehistoric Settlement Archaeolgy

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Location: Memphis, TN, US

Season: May 7, 2018 to May 25, 2018

Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

Deadline Type: Exact date


Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:
This project is an RPA certified field school

University of Memphis and Ames Plantation

Project Director:
Andrew M. Mickelson

Project Description:

The 2018 field season will be the 12th year of prehistoric archaeological research on the 16,000 acre Ames Plantation located in western Tennessee about one hour east of Memphis. The primary research focus is on understanding Middle to Late Mississippian period (1200-1500 AD) settlement patterns. We will have excavations at two sites. One site is a prehistoric fortified town complex dating from 1100 to 1290 AD, and the second is a small hamlet dating to about 1450 AD. Students will learn archaeological survey, excavation, mapping, and geophysical sills throughout the three week long project.

Period(s) of Occupation: Mississippian Native American 1200 - 1500 AD

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: three weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
The field school runs for three weeks, Monday-Friday. Transportation from Memphis to the field project is supplied. Room and board are the responsibility of the applicant. Cost: $300 materials fee. Participant must cover all other expenses including, but not limited to: transportation to and from Memphis, room and board.

Academic Credit:
3 credits through the University of Memphis. Out-of-state tuition rates are higher. credits offered by University of Memphis. Tuition is $900 in-state tuition, plus $300 materials fee..

Contact Information:

Andrew M. Mickelson

1 Johnson Hall




United States

Phone: 901-678-4505

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