Phone: 423.439.6653
Office: 306 Rogers-Stout Hall


Fall (typical)
Introduction to Archaeology
Human Osteology & Paleontology
Prehistory of Southern Appalachia

Spring (typical)
Introduction to Archaeology
Understanding Archaeological Artifacts
Archaeology of the Southeastern United States and/or Old World Archaeology

Archaeological Field School
International Field Experience




My research primarily involves the prehistory of Southern Appalachia with a focus on the upland regions. The vast majority of the past twelve years has been spent conducting archaeological survey and excavations of the rock shelters and caves of the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. I have surveyed more than 350 archaeological sites in the region and excavated several. Research and teaching foci include: 1) ANTH 4400: Archaeological Field School. Field school is taught every summer first session and involves full scale excavations of selected prehistoric rock shelter sites; 2) The Upper Cumberland Plateau Archaeological Luminescence Dating project. Radiocarbon dating is not always feasible in our rock shelter and cave studies. Therefore, we have begun a program of luminescence dating of artifacts, most notably, Woodland Period pottery. We have robust results so far and have funding for continued work; 3) the overarching research focus is to construct culture histories for the highland regions of East and Middle Tennessee, ones that are based in research in these areas as opposed to “analogous” research in adjacent lowland regions. Finally, I continue to train students in the archaeology laboratories at ETSU to analyze and interpret materials recovered from previous and unfinished archaeological projects in the region.


Franklin, Jay D., Elizabeth K. Price, and Lucinda M. Langston. n. d. Mortuary Practices at the Holliston Mills Site, a Mississippian Town in Upper East Tennessee. In Mississippian Mortuary Practices: Beyond Hierarchy and the Representationist Perspective, edited by Lynne P. Sullivan and Robert C. Mainfort, Jr. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, in press.

Franklin, Jay D. and Sierra M. Bow. n. d. Archaeological Exploration of Workshop Rock Shelters, Upper Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. In Colleague, Mentor, and Friend: Papers in Honor of Charles H. Faulkner, edited by Timothy Baumann and Mark Groover, special edition of Tennessee Archaeology 4(1, 2), in press.

Franklin, Jay D. 2008. Big Cave Archaeology in the East Fork Obey River Gorge. In Cave Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands: Essays in Honor of Patty Jo Watson, edited by David H. Dye, pp. 141-155. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.

Franklin, Jay D. 2008. Luminescence Dates and Woodland Ceramics from Rock Shelters on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. Tennessee Archaeology 3(1):87-100.

Franklin, J. D. And J. F. Simek. 2008. Core Refitting and the Accuracy of Techniques for Aggregate Lithic Analyses: The Case of 3 rd Unnamed Cave, Tennessee. Southeastern Archaeology 27(1):108-121.

Franklin, J. D. and S. D. Dean. 2006. The Archaeology of Linville Cave (40SL24), Sullivan County, Tennessee. Tennessee Archaeology 2(2):63-82.

Franklin, J. D. And T. D. McCurdy. 2005. A Radiocarbon Chronology for Mound A (Unit 5) at Chucalissa in Memphis, Tennessee. Tennessee Archaeology 2(1):32-45.

Franklin, Jay D. 2001. Excavating and Analyzing Prehistoric Lithic Quarries: An Example from 3 rd Unnamed Cave, Tennessee. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 26(2):199-217.

Bradbury, A. P. and J.D. Franklin. 2000. Raw Material Variability, Package Size, and Mass Analysis. Lithic Technology 25(1):42-58.

Simek, J.F., J.D. Franklin, and S.C. Sherwood. 1998. The Context of Early Southeastern Prehistoric Cave Art: A Report on the Archaeology of 3 rd Unnamed Cave. American Antiquity 63(4):663-677.