Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2648

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

Kathrine Mickelson

Committee Member

Robert Connolly

Abstract

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.

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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