Spring, 2015 TCPA Research Award

The Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology provides an annual program of small grants to support archaeological investigations and research within the State of Tennessee. This program is open to all students, researchers, and cultural resource management professionals conducting archaeological investigations within the state and who are TCPA members in good standing. Awards do not generally exceed $600, and are intended to supplement a current or proposed research project.

We received a number of excellent applications for the 2015 awards cycle, and are pleased to announce the winner of the Spring, 2015 TCPA Research Award: Sierra M. Bow, a PhD student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The TCPA Research Award will assist Sierra in her efforts to conduct non-destructive, portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) analyses of sixteen Tennessee-Cumberland Mississippian stone statues from the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian in order to examine paint composition and raw material types. These statues will be on exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum this fall.

For more information on the Tennessee-Cumberland stone statuary tradition (of which our State Artifact, “Sandy,” is a fantastic example!), be sure to check out the 2009 volume Speaking with the Ancestors: Mississippian Stone Statuary of the Tennessee-Cumberland Region, by Kevin E. Smith and James V. Miller.

Speaking with the Ancestors: Mississippian Stone Statuary of the Tennessee-Cumberland Region, by Kevin E. Smith and James V. Miller (University of Alabama Press, 2009)

Speaking with the Ancestors: Mississippian Stone Statuary of the Tennessee-Cumberland Region, by Kevin E. Smith and James V. Miller (University of Alabama Press, 2009)

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Research Awards Announcement, Spring 2015

The Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology is pleased to announce the call for proposals for our annual Research Awards Program! This program of small grants is intended to support archaeological investigations and research in Tennessee, and is open to all students, researchers, and cultural resource management professionals conducting archaeological investigations within the state and who are TCPA members in good standing. Awards do not generally exceed $600, and are intended to supplement a current or proposed research project.  Recipients are selected though a competitive application process. A list of previous Research Award recipients can be found here. Proposal applications for spring, 2015 will be accepted until April 10. Applications will be reviewed and decisions announced by a target deadline of May 8. 

For detailed information on the awards and application process, please consult the Research Awards section of our web site.

Research Award Winners

The TCPA is pleased to announce that Timothy de Smet and Jessica Dalton-Carriger are the recipients of the spring, 2014 TCPA Research Award! Tim, a PhD student at Texas A&M, was awarded a grant to fund magnetometry, electromagnetic-induction, and ground-penetrating radar surveys at the multi-component Magnolia Valley site in Rutherford County. Jessica is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and will use her award to fund elemental analysis of glass trade beads from sites in East Tennessee using Laser Ablation Inductivity Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Congratulations to both the recipients!