On Monday, October 5, 7- 8:00 PM, Dr. Adam King will give a presentation entitled “Gradiometers, Mounds and Copper Plates: Piecing Together a History of the Etowah Site.” His presentation is sponsored through a partnership between the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Friends of Moccasin Bend. This is the second of three talks scheduled for the fall. It will occur in the UC Auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.
Dr. King’s research focuses on the history of Native Americans in the Southeast, particularly during the Mississippian Period (AD 1000-1600). His ongoing research projects include exploring the development of Mississippian communities in the Etowah River Valley of northwestern Georgia and the Middle Savannah River Valley on the Georgia-South Carolina border. His tools for learning how Mississippian societies in these areas came into being have evolved over time, coupling traditional archeological excavation with cutting edge remote sensing technology such as resistivity, gradiometry and ground penetrating radar. The Etowah Site contains one of the largest and most significant Native American mounds in North America, and King’s work there is nationally recognized.
King has been at the University of South Carolina since 1998, as Research Associate Professor in the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and as Special Projects Archaeologist for the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program. He earned a 1987 B.S. in Finance from Penn State University, 1991 M.A. in Anthropology from University of Georgia, and a 1996 Ph.D. in Anthropology from Penn State.