Date of Award
Master of Science
Ames (40FY7) is an Early-Middle Mississippian period town (A.D. 1050-1300) with two dozen structures, four mounds, and plazas enclosed within a palisade located in Fayette County, Tennessee. Very little research has been done on Early-Middle Mississippian settlements in West Tennessee; this has resulted in little being known about the social life history of these sites. Previous investigations at Ames have refuted that the mound site was a Vacant Ceremonial Center, and have shown a planned community layout that changed over time. This study utilizes multiple lines of evidence such as magnetometry data, surface collections, and excavation to determine the function and organization of space throughout the site. Of particular interest is the functional use of space between structures, as this helps us understand the corporate functions of the household. By understanding the household , we can understand and identify the functional necessities of the inhabitants of Ames and how they changed over time.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Cross, Benjamin James, "Analyzing the Use of Intra- and Inter-Structure Space at Ames, A Mississippian Town in Fayette County, Tennessee" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1393.