Author Archives: Alice Wright

About Alice Wright

Alice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She tweets about archaeology, Appalachia, and cats @alicepwright.

The ditch and the dogs

This past week, a handful of special guests helped to excavate Unit 12 — the last unit of the project! Their efforts yielded the clearest profile views of the earthwork ditch that we’ve seen yet. Of course, we’ve cross sectioned … Continue reading

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Live from Ingles

After four days of unseasonably awesome weather, it’s raining in Canton. But, if you’re going to wait out some thunder showers, you may as well do it at the local grocery store while updating the blog. Last week, Scott Ashcraft … Continue reading

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A Visit from the Arthur Morgan School (aka a great day at Garden Creek)

From now on, when I chat with an archaeologist who’s feeling tired and slow midway through a field season, I will have one recommendation: invite students from the Arthur Morgan School in Burnsville, NC to your site for an afternoon. … Continue reading

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Special Guests at Garden Creek

Despite the wind and snow, we got quite a bit of work done at Garden Creek this week, thanks in large part to the return of UM graduate student Ashley Schubert and the assistance of several more graduate students from … Continue reading

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First Week Back – GCAP 2012

Thanks to a stretch of terrific late winter weather, we were able to accomplish quite a bit in our first week back at Garden Creek. This final phase of fieldwork includes both geophysical survey and excavation, in order to cover … Continue reading

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Upcoming Fieldwork at Garden Creek

In the last year, members of the Garden Creek Archaeological Project spent nearly four months in Plott Farm neighborhood in Canton, conducting geophysical survey, placing test units and shovel tests, and excavating intact features dating to the Middle Woodland period. … Continue reading

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Dealing with Debitage (by Erika Loveland)

Over the last couple of months, I have been working on measuring and recording attributes of the Garden Creek’s off-mound assemblage of lithic debitage — small pieces of chipped stone that result from flint knapping. Analyzing this material can help … Continue reading

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