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Jay   Franklin Ph.D.


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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


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, 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.

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