Date of Award
Master of Science
David H. Dye
Andrew M. Mickelson
Judson B. Finley
Magnetometer and ground-penetrating-radar surveys in 2006 and 2009 identifies a 22 m diameter circular signature on the northeastern corner of the plaza at the Castalian Springs site in Middle Tennessee. The 2010 Middle Tennessee State University FieldSchool excavations focused on an area coincidingwith a geophysical signature. The anomal, hypothesized to be an anthropogenicfeature, was tested and shown to be an extensive archaeolgical featurerepresenting a large, circular public strucure.An arrangment of human skulls within post-demolition features at the structure's center suggests cermonial activities were held at the location. Radiocarbon dates point to a brief time period, during the fourteeth century, for the building's use, dismantling, and post-demolition activities. The strucutre appers to share some similarities with earth lodges at Macon Plateau and Moundville, while possessing other unique characteristics.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Dacus, Brandy Alexandria, "The Circular Structure at the Castalian Springs Site, (40SU14), Sumner County Tennessee" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 195.