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New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee, New Deal Archaology in Tennessee, 0817319050, 0-8173-1905-0, 978-0-8173-1905-2, 9780817319052, , , New Deal Archaology in Tennessee, 081738958X, 0-8173-8958-X, 978-0-8173-8958-1, 9780817389581, , , New Deal Archaology in Tennessee, 0817360263, 0-8173-6026-3, 978-0-8173-6026-9, 9780817360269,

New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee
Intellectual, Methodological, and Theoretical Contributions
Edited by David H. Dye

E Book
2016. 272 pp.
29 B&W figures/ 14 tables
Price:  $29.95 d
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2021. 272 pp.
29 B&W figures/ 14 tables
Price:  $29.95 s

New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee is a collection of essays that explore how contemporary archaeology was catalyzed and shaped by the archaeological revolution during the New Deal era.

New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee tells the engrossing story of Southeastern archaeology in the 1930s. The Tennessee Valley Authority Act of May 1933 initiated an ambitious program of flood control and power generation by way of a chain of hydroelectric dams on the Tennessee River. The construction of these dams flooded hundreds of thousands of square miles of river bottoms, campsites, villages, and towns that had been homes to Native Americans for centuries. This triggered an urgent need to undertake extensive archaeological fieldwork throughout the region. Those studies continue to influence contemporary archaeology.
The state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley were especially well suited research targets thanks to their mild climate and long field seasons. A third benefit in the 1930s was the abundance of labor supplied by Tennesseans unemployed during the Great Depression. Within months of the passage of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, teams of archaeologists fanned out across the state and region under the farsighted direction of Smithsonian Institution curators Neil M. Judd, Frank H. H. Roberts, and Frank M. Setzler. The early months of 1934 would become the busiest period of archaeological fieldwork in US history.
The twelve insightful essays in New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee document and explore this unique peak in archaeological study. Chapters highlight then-new techniques such as mound “peeling” and stratigraphic excavation adapted from the University of Chicago; the four specific New Deal sites of Watts Bar Reservoir, Mound Bottom, Pack, and Chickamauga Basin; bioarchaeology in the New Deal; and the enduring impact of the New Deal on contemporary fieldwork.
The challenges of the 1930s in recruiting skilled labor, training unskilled ancillary labor, developing and improvising new field methods, and many aspects of archaeological policies, procedures, and best-practices laid much of the foundation of contemporary archaeological practice. New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee offers an invaluable record of that pivotal time for professional, student, and amateur archaeologists.

David H. Dye is a professor of archaeology at the University of Memphis. He is the author of War Paths, Peace Paths: An Archaeology of Cooperation and Conflict in Native Eastern North America and the editor of Cave Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands: Essays in Honor of Patty Jo Watson.

“Much of this information has never been published before and the book adds greatly to our current knowledge, all based on excavations from 70 years ago. The book is edited by David H. Dye of the University of Memphis. David's own keen insights, as well as those of the other writers, make this a fine and interesting read. Highly recommended.”
Central States Archaeology Journal

"New Deal Archaeology in Tennessee is an excellent edited volume that would be of interest to both students of the history of Americanist archaeology and to Eastern Woodland researchers. This book does a good job of covering the development and implementation of salvage archaeology, the personalities involved, the current applications of the data, and the ultimate legacy of the New Deal Archaeology."
Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology

"A highly valuable contribution to New Deal archaeology, which had a monumental influence on the practice of archaeology in the United States.”
—Erin E. Pritchard, coeditor of TVA Archaeology: Seventy-Five Years of Prehistoric Site Research

"Dye offers an excellent summary of New Deal archaeological efforts and provides a foundation for an interesting collection of essays on diverse topics."
—Matthew D. Gage, director of the University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research at Moundville Archaeological Park