Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6584

Date

2020

Date of Award

6-25-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Earth Sciences

Concentration

Archaeology

Committee Chair

Andrew Micheal Mickelson

Committee Member

Arleen Alice Hill

Committee Member

David H Dye

Abstract

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.

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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