PROJECTS and PUBLICATIONS
Project | Late Archaic Shell Rings
Shell rings are prehistoric arcuate constructions of mounded shell, primarily made with saltwater bivalves, that possess shell free interior plazas. While not unique to North America, she shell rings of the Late Archaic southeast represent a unique contruction in the region.
All currently available data regarding the Late Archaic period shell rings of North America have been compiled into a single dataset that can be access here: Late Archaic Shell Ring Repository
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Project | Topper Site (38AL23)/UTK Field School and
During the summers of 2015 and 2016 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Topper Field School excavated 55 1x1m units and over 400 Woodland through Historic period features. The fill from these features were collected and brought to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to be processed via flotation.
Building upon these findings, UTK will be returning to the Topper Site during the summer of 2015 to continue to explore the Woodland component that is present at the site.
Project | Shell Tool Industires: Collection, Manufacture,
and Social Practice
Due to the ease of capture of the materials and the variations in design and use shell tools are often considered to be "expedient" as defined the paradigms of tool production. This research, through experimentation and analysis redefines these perceptions and begins to move how we conceptualize shell tools from the current paradigms that are forged within lithic technological analysis to its own unique system of understanding.
2015 King, Megan M. and Martin P. Walker. “Evaluating Freshwater Shell Modification and Tool Industries at Mussel Beach with Experimental Applications.” Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN. In session: Shell and Shellbearing Site Studies.
2016 Craib, Alex, Martin P. Walker, David G. Anderson, and Derek Anderson. “Topper Flotation paper.” Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 15-19, Orlando, FL.
2015 Craib, Alex, Amelia Jansen, Amy Pham, Martin P. Walker, Derek Anderson, Stephen Yerka, David Echeverry, and David G. Anderson. “Uncovering Features: Highlighting Late Woodland to Historic Activity at the Topper Site (38AL23).” Poster presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN.
2015 Anderson, Derek T., David G. Anderson, Andrea N. Wu, David Echeverry, Alex Craib, Martin P. Walker, Stephen Yerka, and Albert Goodyear. “Preliminary results from the 2015 excavations at the Topper Site, South Carolina.” Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN.
Project | "Complexity" in archaeology: an anarchist critique
Current theories of complexity within archaeology are moving away from neo-evolutionary theories of advancement and are embracing the more broad-spectrum social analyses that have arisen since the 1980's. This project hopes to provide a new way of conceptualizing complexity by moving away from strictly Behavioral Ecology or Marxist approaches and instead illustrating that a much richer understanding of complexity can come from the use theories developed within anarchism.
Project | Comparison of Projectile Point Types: a 3-d laser
While there has been been much specualation about possible mechanical and aerodynamic differences between the various point types in the southeastern Unites States, there has been relatively little work work done using actual point types to test this. By using 3-d laser scanning, finite element analysis, and wind-tunnel analysis, it is now possible to examine the differences that may exist. This project is being conducted at the courtesy of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and with the assistance of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Manhattan College.
(2016) Martin P. Walker and Thaddeus Bissett. “Coastlines, Stability, and the Science of Curves: Learning to Work with What You Have.” Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 15-19, Orlando, FL.
2015 Bissett, Thaddeus, and Martin P. Walker. “Exploring the Influence of Sea Level Rise on Shell Ring Construction and Use along the Lower Atlantic Coast (ca. 5000 to 2000 cal yr BP).” Poster presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 15-19, San Francisco, CA.
2013 Martin P. Walker. "Design Over Space and Time: An Analysis of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shell Rings of North America." Paper Presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, November 18-22, Nashville, TN.