Date of Award
Master of Science
Andrew Micheal Mickelson
Arleen Alice Hill
David H Dye
This thesis investigates a series of overlapping structures in unit F1-U25 at Ames (40FY7), an Early to Middle Mississippian period (ca. AD 1050 - 1300) site in Fayette County, Tennessee. Ames is comprised of a town, plaza, and four mounds all surrounded by a palisade wall. Approximately 220 meters east of the palisade wall, unit F1-U25 revealed a series of superimposed structures. The two primary goals of this thesis include determining the temporal relationship between the superimposed structures and the town site; and determining the function of the structures. A multi-staged research design including geophysical prospection, soil analysis, excavation, artifact analysis. and radiometric dating, was undertaken to achieve the two goals. The results of the study will improve the understanding of Early to Middle Mississippian period variability in settlement patterns in the uplands of Western Tennessee.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Menietto, Krista F., "Investigating Intra-Site Variability in the Use of Buildings During the Mississippian Period at the Ames Town Site (40FY7) in Western Tennesee" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2095.