In This Issue: Unit 6 Lithics, Meet the New Interns, Volunteer Opportunities

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Chucalissa Anoachi 

October 2016

Volume 10, Number 6

Unit 6 Lithic Tools 

Graduate Assistant Thomas Gates is analyzing Chucalissa Unit 6 lithic tools for his master's thesis.  Excavations of Unit 6 were conducted between 1956 and 1967. 

 My name is Thomas Gates and I am currently in my first semester as a graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences with a concentration in archaeology.  My interest in studying the Mississippian period was sparked by both my internship and my independent research on prehistoric lithic tools at Chucalissa during 2014 and 2015. My master’s thesis focuses on conducting a spatial analysis of Chucalissa’s Unit 6 site excavations. The Unit 6 excavations produced more cultural materials than any of the other units excavated at Chucalissa. My thesis will cover the spatial analysis of location 55-57R20-40 with an overall broad analysis of the entire 50x40 Unit 6 excavation block. For anyone unfamiliar with the process of spatial analysis in archaeology, I am looking at the distribution of archaeological artifacts to determine cultural activity spots and to analyze any changes through time. The purpose of my thesis is to better understand the overall prehistoric occupation of Chucalissa in relation to other Mississippian period sites between 1000 A.D. to 1500 A.D.

Intern Anna Vo

Anna practices flint-knapping at International Archaeology Day 2016.

Major and Year:

I am currently a junior at the University of Memphis working on a dual major in anthropology and Earth sciences with a concentration in geoarchaeology.

So, tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in Memphis, TN, however, my family is originally from Vietnam.  I love to go camping, hiking, kayaking--any activity that allows me to be outside. I am very dedicated to healthy eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I try to live by example and motivate the people around me. I want them to challenge themselves every day to be a better version of themselves.

What are your career goals?

My career goal would be any employment that allows me to travel, meet new people, and be outdoors daily. I am currently still trying to see where my passions will lead me.

What are your hobbies?

I have many hobbies. I love any outdoors activities like camping, hiking, biking and kayaking. I love to travel and visit new places and learn about different cultures. Gardening, healthy living, physical activities, and crafts like painting are also some things I love to do. I have many pets; taking care of them is another hobby of mine.


What is your favorite museum?

My favorite museum would have to be the Pink Palace. I love how every visit is different. There is always something new for you to explore and learn about.

What projects are you working on at Chucalissa?

I currently work in the TIGUrS Urban Community Garden on the University of Memphis campus and have worked there for about two years. Therefore, with my gardening experience I was assigned to the gardens around the Chucalissa museum site. Working alongside Emily Woolsey we have plans to improve the gardens and also leave behind a strong foundation for the interns in the future. 


Intern Stephanie Winter

Stephanie helps young visitors create their own pot sherds.
Major and Year:
I am a senior History major.

So, tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a newlywed. I grew up being a Tiger fan and I bleed blue. I am 25 years old and dream of working in a museum when I graduate in December. I am 1/8 Choctaw. My great grandmother was found abandoned on the trail of tears.

What are your career goals?

I have accepted a position as events coordinator at the Pink Palace and will begin working there following graduation in December.

What are your hobbies?

In my spare time, I ride the Greenline with my husband. I also knit, crochet, and sew. I love to read as well.


What is your favorite museum?

My favorite museum would be a tie between Chucalissa because I learn more about my Native American heritage through my work and the Pink Palace which I love because there is so much history there.


What projects are you working on at Chucalissa?

I am working on eight notebooks of articles that have been written about Chucalissa. I had to put the articles in chronological order and write a synopsis of each article. The articles range in date from the early 1930s to present day.



Volunteer Opportunities


Dr. Ryan Parish, Department of Earth Sciences, demonstrated flint-knapping during International Archaeology Day 2016.

Your help is needed for these tasks:
  • Exhibit upgrades
  • Garden and trail maintenance
  • Artifact sorting
  • Assisting with school groups
  • Special events
How can you help?
  • If you have a special skill to offer, please contact us by emailing or calling 901.785.3160 for more information.
  • If you want to pitch in on a Volunteer Day, join us the 3rd Saturday of any month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  No special skills required!
  • Tax deductible donations support our educational programs and exhibit upgrades. Donate now to keep our projects going.
Family Days - EVERY Saturday at 10am & 1:30 pm
For the price of regular Museum admission:
Take a tour of the Museum, throw darts with an atlatl, conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Hall, tour the Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab and participate in a fun educational program and craft activity!


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