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Location: Jamestown , Tennessee, United States
Season Dates: December 15, 2013 - January 13, 2014
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
Affiliation: East Tennessee State University
Project Director: Jay D. Franklin, PhD, East Tennessee State University
ETSU will conduct an archaeological field school during the annual Winter Session. Dates for the excavation are December 15-21, 2013 and January 2-13, 2014. Students should arrive at Pickett State Park by the evening of December 15, 2013 (Sunday). We will work five field days from December 16-20 and depart on the morning of December 21st (or the evening of December 20th). After Christmas and New Years break, we will return to the project area on January 2nd, 2014 and begin excavations again on January 3rd. Students will depart the project on the morning of January 13, 2014. Students will spend three weeks essentially on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of north central Tennessee. We will be conducting rock shelter excavations on a site spanning 12,000 years of intermittent occupation by ancient Native Americans. In January 2013, we excavated Middle and Late Woodland levels. In March 2013, we reached Early Archaic and Paleoindian levels. Based on recovered artifacts, we believe the Paleoindian deposits to be Clovis in age, perhaps 13,000 years old. We have not reached sterile deposits or bedrock yet. In brief, our investigations here are just beginning. Students will learn general field excavation techniques and regional culture history. They will also learn to use a laser transit and data collector as part of the excavations. Students will lodge in the group camp buildings at Pickett State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee. The group camp has restrooms and showers as well as a large kitchen and meeting hall. Lodging costs are covered by the project. Meals may be covered, too, contingent upon funding. Students will register for the course through ETSU summer school-winter session.
Period(s) of Occupation: Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: none
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will lodge in the group camp buildings at Pickett State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee. The group camp has restrooms and showers as well as a large kitchen and meeting hall. Lodging costs are covered by the project. Meals may be covered, too, contingent upon funding.
Cost: Students are resposible for their tuition, fees, & food costs only
Name of institution offering credit: East Tennessee State University
Number of credits offered: 3 to 6 hours
Tuition: In-State rates are as follows: Undergraduates pay $235 per credit hour plus University fees (3 credit hours = $906.00 total). Graduates pay $378 per credit hour plus University fees (3 credit hours = $1326.00 total). Out-of-State rates for Summer 2013 are as follows: Undergraduates pay $610 per credit hour plus University fees (3 credit hours = $2736.00 total). Graduates pay $672.00 per credit hour plus University fees (3 credit hours = $3342.00 total). For non-ETSU students, there is a $25.00 University application fee as visiting students.
Jay Franklin, PhD
Box 70644, ETSU
Johnson City, TN 37614-1702
Franklin, Jay D., Maureen A. Hays, Sarah C. Sherwood, and Lucinda M. Langston
2012 An Integrated Approach: Lithic Analyses and Site Function, Eagle Drink Bluff Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Contemporary Lithic Analysis in the Southeast: Problems, Solutions, and Interpretation, edited by Phillip J. Carr, Andrew P. Bradbury, and Sarah E. Price, pp. 128-145. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.
Franklin, Jay D., Renee Walker, Maureen A. Hays, and Chase Beck (2010) Late Archaic Site Use at Sachsen Cave Shelter, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. North American Archaeologist 31(3-4): 447-479.
Franklin, Jay D., Luminescence Dates and Woodland Ceramics from Rock Shelters on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, Tennessee Archaeology, 3(1): 87-100, 2008
Des Jean, Tom and Joseph Benthall, A Lithic Based Prehistoric Cultural Chronology of the Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee Anthropologist, 19(2): 115-147, 1994,
Franklin, Jay D., Big Cave Archaeology in the East Fork Obey River Gorge, Tennessee, Cave Archaeology in the Eastern Woodlands: Essays in Honor of Patty Jo Watson, 141-155, 2008, Knoxville, Tennessee
Franklin, Jay D. and Sierra Bow, Archaeological Exploration of Workshop Rock Shelters, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee, Tennessee Archaeology, 4(1, 2):145-162, 2009,
Simek, J.F., J.D. Franklin, and S.C. Sherwood, The Context of Early Southeastern Prehistoric Cave Art: A Report on the Archaeology of 3rd Unnamed Cave, American Antiquity, 63(4): 663-677, 1998,