Archaeological Excavations at Rock Creek Mortar Shelter and Public Archaeology at the Pickett State Park Archaeology Museum he Upper Cumberland Plateau, Paleoindian – Mississippian Archaeology at the Pile & West Mound sites and Rock Creek Mortar Shelter

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Location: Jamestown, TN, US

Season: June 3, 2018 to July 1, 2018

Session Dates: This course meets essentially 1st Summer Session for ETSU. We will plan on arriving at Pickett State Park on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 and departing Sunday, July 1st, 2018. The course is offered for 3 or 6 credit hours. Students interested in a six hour section should contact Jay Franklin before applying. Likewise, interested volunteers should contact Jay Franklin before applying.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

East Tennessee State University, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Project Director:
Jay D. Franklin, PhD, East Tennessee State University

Project Description:

We will spend four weeks on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee investigating two sites: Rock Creek Mortar Shelter and the Pile 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 Field 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. 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. Students will also participate in programming conducted at the museum: pottery building and firing, atlatl throwing, tending the native garden, etc. 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

rock shelter, Mississippian mound, Paleoindian, prehistoric house floors, museum studies and public outreach/programming

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will stay in houses at Pickett State Park. You will need to bring (twin) linens (or sleeping bags) in all likelihood. Housing costs are ~$200.00 per person for the entire 4 weeks. Students are responsible for the food costs. Breakfast and dinner will be eaten at the park daily (we can 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 Students are responsible for their tuition and fees (in-state rates). See . Lodging in cabins/houses is ~$200.00 per person for the 4 week session. Food costs are the students' responsibility.

Academic Credit:
3 or 6 credit hours (3 credit hours is preferred) credits offered by East Tennessee State University See . Tuition is Students should register for ANTH 4407: Archaeological Field School (OR 5407 for graduate students). A 3 or 6 hour section is available. Cost: Students are responsible for their tuition & fees. Students will split housing costs at Pickett State Park (cabins/houses). Individual costs for housing for the 4 week session should be about $200.00. Students are also responsible for their food costs, though we will occasionally eat together for events and those meals will be covered by the project. 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. .

Contact Information:

Jay Franklin, PhD

Box 70644, ETSU

Johnson City



U. S.

Phone: 423-833-6249

Fax: 423-439-5313

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