Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2618

Date

2016

Date of Award

4-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Earth Sciences

Concentration

Archaeology

Committee Chair

Andrew Mickelson

Committee Member

Robert Connolly

Committee Member

David Dye

Abstract

Originally thought to be a vacant ceremonial center, magnetometer surveys and subsequent excavations have demonstrated that the Denmark site in Madison County, Tennessee is a town-size settlement. Targeted excavation based upon this magnetometry data revealed what is now referred to as Structure . After analyzing function, construction, and location, Structure 1 has been hypothesized to be a residence, one building within a cluster of buildings, possibly representing ane xtended family compound. Excavations confirm that Structure 1 is of wall trench construction, however determining its above ground architecture has been problematic. Structure 1 has also been found to be similar to contemporaneous buildings at other sites in the western Tennessee region. While household archaeology and settlement patterning have been studied throughout the prehistoric southeastern United States information is minimal in the western Tennessee area at the town and household scales. Structure 1 provides much needed insight into the settlement of this region.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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