Adam King to present on summer testing at Etowah

Dr. King last spoke to GAAS members in March 2012 on the meaning of Mississippian imagery found at Etowah. We look forward to hearing about remote sensing and the findings from this summer’s dig at the same site. The meeting will be held at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Abstract: Summer Testing at the Etowah Site

Between 2005 and 2008 the Etowah Archaeo-Geophysical Survey conducted remote sensing surveys at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site in Cartersville, GA. The result of that work was a complete gradiometer map of the archaeological features visible using magnetism. Among the discoveries made using those data was that it is possible to distinguish Early Mississippi (AD 900-1200) residential structures from Middle and Late Mississippi (AD 1200-1550) without digging just using gradiometer data. This summer a field school sponsored by the University of SC and Texas State University tested this proposition. In this paper I present our preliminary results.

Biographical Sketch

Adam King has worked for the University of South Carolina since 1998 and serves as Research Associate Professor in the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and Special Projects Archaeologist for the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program. He received a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University in 1987, a M.A. in Anthropology from University of Georgia in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Penn State University in 1996. His research interests focus on the early history of Native Americans, particularly during the Mississippian Period (AD 1000-1600). Dr. King has ongoing research projects exploring the development of Mississippian communities in the Etowah River Valley of northwestern Georgia and the Middle Savannah River Valley on the Georgia-South Carolina border. His research attempts to understand how Mississippian societies in these areas came into being and changed over the course of their individual histories using traditional archaeological excavation coupled with remote sensing and the study of ancient imagery and its meaning.