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Ryan Young (Ph.D.)

Ryan Young
Mike Waters

Research Project

Ryan completed his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2013. His M.A. thesis at Mississippi State University examined the stratigraphic integrity of the Clovis component on the Pleistocene Terrace at the Topper Site (38AL23). His research focuses on hunter-gatherer behavioral adaptations during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition in central Tennessee. For his dissertation research, Ryan plans to reexamine the stratigraphic integrity of previously documented Paleoindian sites along the Tennessee River such as Carson Conn Short and Heaven’s Half-Acre. Additionally, his research interests include geoarchaeology, stone tool organizational technology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Ryan’s past archaeological experience includes working at sites, such as the Topper site, Bells Bend, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Moundville, Poverty Point, Russell Cave, and conducting surveys of the Norris Reservoir in Tennessee.