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Kevin E. Smith

Professor of Anthropology
Middle Tennessee State University

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Kevin Smith completed his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) in Anthropology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. His main area of research is in the archaeology of the southeastern United States, with special interests in the late prehistoric chiefdoms of Middle Tennessee (ca. A.D. 900-1500) and the early frontier period of Tennessee (ca. A.D. 1780-1820).

Major on-going current research includes:

Smith began teaching classes as an adjunct at MTSU in 1988 and has been a full-time faculty member since 1994.

He currently serves as:


Selected Publications:

  • 2009. [with M.C. Moore]. Archaeological Expeditions of the Peabody Museum in Middle Tennessee, 1877-1884. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Archaeology, Research Series 16.
  • 2009. [with J.V. Miller]. Speaking with the Ancestors: Mississippian Stone Statuary of the Tennessee-Cumberland Style. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.
  • 2009. [with E.L. Beahm]. Corrected Provenance for the Long Nosed God Mask from a "Cave Near Rogana, Tennessee." Southeastern Archaeology 28(1):117-121.
  • 2008. [with W.S. Spears and M.C. Moore] Evidence for Early Mississippian Settlement of the Nashville Basin: Archaeological Explorations at the Spencer Site (40DV191). Tennessee Archaeology 3(1):3-24.
  • 2008. [with J.T. Dowd] The Southeastern Indian Antiquities Survey (1963-1975) and Middle Cumberland Archaeological Society (1976-). Middle Cumberland Archaeological Society, Nashville.
  • 2006. [with M.C. Moore, E. Breitburg, and M.B. Trubitt). "One Hundred Years of Archaeology at Gordontown: A Fortified Misssissippian Town in Davidson County, Tennessee." Southeastern Archaeology Volume 25(1):89-109.
  • 2005. [With M.C. Moore and S.T. Rogers] "Early Investigations at the Brentwood Library Site" in The Brentwood Library Site: A Mississippian Town on the Little Harpeth River, Williamson County, Tennessee, pp. 17-28, edited by M.C. Moore. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Archaeology Research Series No.15.
  • 2005. [With M.C. Moore] "Ceramic Artifact Descriptions" in The Brentwood Library Site: A Mississippian Town on the Little Harpeth River, Williamson County, Tennessee, pp. 143-182, edited by M.C. Moore. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Archaeology Research Series No.15.
  • 2005. [With M.C. Moore] "Cultural Material from the 1882 Jarman Farm Investigations Sponsored by the Peabody Museum" in The Brentwood Library Site: A Mississippian Town on the Little Harpeth River, Williamson County, Tennessee, pp. 225-264, edited by M.C. Moore. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Archaeology Research Series No.15.
  • 2005. [With M.C. Moore] "Commentary on Two Stone Statues Reported from the Jarman Farm Site" in The Brentwood Library Site: A Mississippian Town on the Little Harpeth River, Williamson County, Tennessee, pp. 265-268, edited by M.C. Moore. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Archaeology Research Series No.15.
  • 2004. "Prehistoric Arts and Artisans of Tennessee." Invited chapter in A History of Tennessee Arts: Creating Traditions, Expanding Horizons. Edited by C. Van West and M.D. Binnicker. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.
  • 2004. [With D. Brock and C. Hogan]. "Interior Incised Bowls and Deep-Rimmed Plates from the Nashville Basin of Tennessee." Tennessee Archaeology 1(1).
  • 2001. Human Figurines as Messengers: Communicating with Past, Present and Future Cultures. Concluding chapter and discussion in The New World Figurine Project, Volume 2, edited by Terry Stocker and Cynthia Otis-Charleton. Research Press, Provo.
  • 2000. Bledsoe Station: Archaeology, History and the Interpretation of the Middle Tennessee Frontier, 1770-1820. Tennessee Historical Quarterly LIX(3):174-187.
  • 2000. Tennessee's History through Archaeology: A Special Issue of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Tennessee Historical Quarterly LIX(3):136-137.
  • 1999 [with M.C. Moore]. Through Many Mississippian Hands: Late Prehistoric Exchange in the Cumberland Valley. In Proceedings of the 17th Mid-South Archaeological Conference. Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
  • 1998 Gordontown in Historical Perspective. In Gordontown: Salvage Archaeology at a Mississippian Town in Middle Tennessee edited by M.C. Moore and E. Breitburg. Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Research Series 11.
  • 1998 [with M.B. Trubitt] The Gordontown Ceramic Assemblage from a Regional Perspective. In Gordontown: Salvage Archaeology at a Mississippian Town in Middle Tennessee edited by M.C. Moore and E. Breitburg. Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Research Series 11.
  • 1996 [with Michael C. Moore] The Hooper Site (40Dv234): A Mississippian Village in Davidson County, Tennessee. Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Department of Environment and Conservation, Miscellaneous Publications No. 3.
  • 1996 [with M.C. Moore] Mississippian Settlement and Community Patterns on the Cumberland River, Tennessee: Recent Investigations of Small Mississippian Settlements. In Proceedings of the 14th Annual Mid-South Archaeological Conference, edited by Richard Walling, Camille Wharey and Camille Stanley. Panamerican Consultants, Inc., Special Publications 1, Memphis.
  • 1995 [with S.D. Hoyal] Site File Management in the Electronic Age: Future Directions in Tennessee. In Archaeological Site File Management: A Southeastern Perspective, edited by David G. Anderson and Virginia Horak, pp. 88-94. Readings in Archeological Resource Protection Series No. 3, Interagency Archaeological Services Division, National Park Service, Atlanta.
  • 1995 [with M.C. Moore]. Borrow Pits and Archaeological Sites: Case Studies and A Report on the Armes Site (40Dv444). Tennessee Anthropologist XX(1):1- 17.
  • 1994 Potash from Pyramids: Reconstructing DeGraffenreid [40Wm4]: A Mississippian Mound-Village Center in Williamson County, Tennessee. Tennessee Anthropologist XIX(2).
  • 1994 [with M.C. Moore] Excavation of a Mississippian Farmstead at the Brandywine Pointe Site (40Dv247), Cumberland River Valley, Tennessee. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, Volume 19(2):198-222.
  • 1993 [with C.P. Stripling and M.C. Moore]. The Brick Church Business Park Site (40Dv301): Salvage Excavations at a Mississippian Hamlet. Tennessee Anthropologist XVIII(2):94-116.
  • 1993 Archaeology at Old Town [40Wm2]: A Mississippian Mound-Village Center in Williamson County, Tennessee. Tennessee Anthropologist XVIII(1):27- 44.
  • 1993 [with S.D. Ruple] Prehistoric Artifacts from the Fort Southwest Point Site: 1984-1986 Excavations. In Fort Southwest Point Archaeological Site, Kingston Tennessee: A Multidisciplinary Interpretation, edited by Samuel D. Smith. Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Research Series No. 9. Nashville.
  • 1993 [with M.C. Moore] A Report of the 1992 Archaeological Investigations at the Brandywine Pointe Site (40Dv247), Davidson County, Tennessee. Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Department of Environment and Conservation, Report of Investigations No. 9. Nashville.
  • 1992 [with M.C. Moore and M.R. Norton] Upland Archaeology in the Central Basin: Results of Limited Test Excavations at Site 40DV256, Davidson County, Tennessee. Tennessee Anthropologist XVII(2):131-155.
  • 1991 Mississippian Figurines and Symbolic Systems of the Southeastern United States. In The New World Figurine Project Volume 1, edited by Terry Stocker. Research Press, Provo.

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