2012 Crew

Geophysical archaeologist Tim Horsley has been a part of GCAP from the beginning, but his longest stint at the site was in 2012. We have Tim to thank for discovering the earthwork enclosures via magnetometry, not to mention follow up ground penetrating radar and magnetic susceptibility survey. Tim uses a variety of geophysical techniques to survey sites across the Eastern US; we are very fortunate that he’s lent his expertise to this project.

Travis Williams is a PhD pre-candidate at the University of Michigan. After working in Peru, Oklahoma, and North Carolina, he is now pursuing dissertation research on the historic period in Georgia. In addition to top notch excavation skills, he demonstrated an exceptional talent for story telling during his time at GCAP, for which he must be duly recognized.

A familiar face! Sophia Reini, UM undergraduate, returned to Garden Creek during her spring break in 2012. Her experience at the site proved to be a great asset as we got the mini-season underway. This summer, she plans to broaden her fieldwork horizons to include archaeology in Italy and in Mexico — though she will always be welcome back in North Carolina!

University of Michigan PhD candidate Ashley Schubert also returned to Garden Creek this year, where she continued to work harder than all of us (as usual). In addition to busting plowzone, making maps, and helping Tim survey, she spent her time in North Carolina meeting with local archaeologists to jumpstart her own dissertation research in the area, which will focus on the Mississippian Pisgah phase.

On the coldest, snowiest day of the 2012 season, the Most Excellent UNC Crew, consisting of PhD students Meg Kassabaum, David Cranford, Erin Nelson, and Anna Semon, showed us how it’s done. Their diverse perspectives, gleaned from a variety of projects across the southeastern US, were invaluable additions to the project, as was their hardwork and dedication in the face of some seriously disconcerting weather. You can learn more about their individual research projects here. (Photo, left to right: Meg, David, Anna, Alice, Erin, and Ashley).

Scott Ashcraft has been instrumental in GCAP even before fieldwork started — in fact, he provided some of the first introductions that gained us access to neighbors’ backyards! Archaeologist for Pisgah National Forest, Scott has generously provided a wealth of information on WNC archaeology during his sojourns to the site, and is also to thank for coordinating the visit from Arthur Morgan students (i.e., most fun ever).

Rachel Applefield joined up with GCAP in March 2012, assisting with posthole and earthwork ditch excavation. Having worked previously on sites in Italy and the Virgin Islands, she’d been volunteering with Scott at the Forest Service before the promise of sunny days excavating lured her to Garden Creek. This fall, she’ll enter the graduate program at the University of West Florida, where she’ll be focusing on geophysics and other technological applications in archaeology.

Though he was only on site for a few days, Beau Carroll made his time at Garden Creek count with lots of energy and an incredible capacity to move dirt. A senior at Western Carolina University, Beau’s excitement about WNC archaeology is infectious, and conversations with him were a welcome addition to the last week of fieldwork. He hopes to start working with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office after graduation, and to pursue a masters degree in archaeology at the University of Tennessee in the near future.


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