Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Jodi Skipper

Second Advisor

Carolyn Freiwald

Third Advisor

Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons

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This study presents a basic description and analysis of the artifacts collected from the 2015 archaeological excavation conducted in Holly Springs, Mississippi at the Chalmers Institute site. The thesis includes history and background on Holly Springs as a city to orient the reader. This text also includes information regarding the program, Preserve Marshall County, as their work regarding the building and site ties directly into the ability of the student archaeologists being able to excavate in 2015 as well as the future of the building. This study analyzes the artifacts found based on the frameworks of the archaeology of institutional spaces as well as the archaeology of masculinity with a focus on the “college man” of the nineteenth century when Chalmers was occupied as a school. The paper concludes with a broad overview of the artifacts, a summary of the diagnostic materials found, as well as an interpretation of artifacts, and a brief integration of the aforementioned frameworks.

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