A Groundbreaking Event

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Publication Date: 2/21/2008


Caroline Reid ’09

Rhodes students will have the opportunity to make history this summer by participating in an archaeology field school in nearby Fayette County, TN. Ames Plantation comprises 18,600 acres and 300 historical sites that were occupied from ca. 1830-1860.

“We expect to have a significant impact in the fields of historical archaeology, 19th century history, and Native American history” says Professor Milton Moreland, co-director of the field school. In the first year of the excavation, Rhodes students uncovered thousands of artifacts that are helping us understand the history of the Southeastern United States.

Students will live on-site in a historic plantation for three weeks (May 19-June 6), working under the direction of 10 specialists and local archaeological experts. Participants will learn how to excavate and interpret the material from the dig. They will also gain experience with GIS and mapping software, GPS equipment, Ground Penetrating Radar and other high-tech methods in the field. No previous experience in archaeology is necessary.

The course is expected to attract students interested in history, the science of archaeology and African American life. Participants will earn four credits which will satisfy a F11 curriculum requirement.

Contact Professor Ryan Byrne at byrner@rhodes.edu or Professor Moreland at morelandm@rhodes.edu. For more information see the field school web site.