Castalian Springs Archaeological Project

June 4-July 6, 2018

A cooperative project of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University, Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association, Tennessee Division of Archaeology and Tennessee Historical Commission

Project Director: Paul Eubanks, Assistant Professor

In case you were mis-directed here by any recent posts about where to find the 2019 Castalian Springs Archaeological Project... you can ACTUALLY find the 2019 project web pages at CSAP 2019. Apologies for any confusion.

The 2018 Castalian Springs Archaeological Project is a cooperative archaeological research project sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University, the Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association, the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, and the Tennessee Historical Commission. The project runs from June 4 through July 6, 2018.

The primary objectives of the project are:

  1. To explore the prehistoric and historic uses of the mineral springs -- a central place on the landscape that attracted mammals of all kinds for thousands of years and was particularly important to the Mississippian people who built the mounds and town over 700 years ago and the later folks who constructed a resort inn and spa in the 19th century;
  2. To provide university students with training in the methods and techniques of professional field and laboratory archaeology;
  3. To emphasize to the interested public the value of archaeological research.

While this is a continuation of a many decades long partnership project spanning almost 25 years now -- some of which you can view on other web pages:

CSAP 2005-2011

CSAP 2017

Daily Journal
June/July 2018

At the end of each day, a short narrative and a few photographs of the day's work will be posted. Click on the date links to view the excavation progress.

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