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Introduction to Archaeology
Human Osteology & Paleontology
Prehistory of Southern Appalachia
Introduction to Archaeology
Understanding Archaeological Artifacts
Archaeology of the Southeastern United States and/or Old World Archaeology
Archaeological Field School
International Field Experience
Broadly speaking, my research interests center around illuminating the lives of and
dispelling stereotypes about people who live in highland regions. Most of this work
has been in Southern Appalachia. I have worked on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of
Tennessee for 20 years and also the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills of upper East
Tennessee and western North Carolina. Since 2008, this highland research focus has
also included prehistoric and medieval archaeology in the mountains of the Auvergne
region of France. Within this broader framework my research expertise deals with material
culture and technology, specifically stone tool and pottery technology. My research
has also largely been focused on cave and rock shelter archaeology. Caves and rock
shelters are myriad in Southern Appalachia and are as much a part of the cultural
landscape as the natural one. Since 2012, I have been engaged in the protohistory
of upper East Tennessee and early town sites of the Cherokees and other peoples who
lived in our region from about AD 1300 – 1700.
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,
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
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