Date of Award

Summer 2019

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

School

Social Science and Global Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. H. Edwin Jackson

Committee Chair School

Social Science and Global Studies

Committee Member 2

Dr. Marie E. Danforth

Committee Member 2 School

Social Science and Global Studies

Committee Member 3

Dr. Bridget Hayden

Committee Member 3 School

Social Science and Global Studies

Abstract

Archaeologists investigating historic backwoods sites of ephemeral log construction in Mississippi, from farmsteads to plantations, face unique challenges when confronting issues of site structure. Scant documentary evidence, lack of structural foundations, and the removal of structural elements all encumber attempts to discern site structure. This thesis examines the site formation processes at work within the various stages of systemic development of a historic backwoods house lot, and seeks to combine various refuse disposal patterning methods into an archaeological model for use in Mississippi's Pine Hills.

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