Dr. Eric Jones – Field Methods in North Carolina Archaeology
During May and June, Dr. Eric Jones directed the Field Methods in North Carolina Archaeology course. Nine students participated, learning archaeological survey and excavation methods at a 14th-century Native American settlement site and a 19th-century icehouse site. Most of the work was conducted at the settlement site, where students excavated an area adjacent to a household. They uncovered a hearth, two cooking pits, and hundreds of stone tools and pottery sherds. This work contributed to Dr. Jones’ research investigating the ecology, economics, and social organization of Native American communities that occupied the upper Yadkin River Valley from AD 800-1600. The students will have opportunities to continue working on this research during the current academic year.