Dr. Paul N. Eubanks

Assistant Professor

Dr. Paul N. Eubanks
615-898-2517
Room 309, Andrew L. Todd Hall (TODD)
MTSU Box 10, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Alabama Tuscaloosa (2016)
  • M.A., University of Alabama Tuscaloosa (2010)
  • B.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hl (2008)

Areas of Expertise

The Archaeology of the American Southeast
The Development of Complex Societies
Craft Production and Specialization
Pottery Analysis
The Archaeology of Salt

Biography

I am an archaeologist specializing in the prehistory and history of the southeastern United States. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in 2008, and in 2016, I finished my Ph.D. at The University of Alabama. My dissertation dealt with the archaeology of Caddo Indian salt production in Louisiana during the late prehistoric and early historic periods.

My career in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at MTSU began in the fall of 2016. I teac...

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I am an archaeologist specializing in the prehistory and history of the southeastern United States. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in 2008, and in 2016, I finished my Ph.D. at The University of Alabama. My dissertation dealt with the archaeology of Caddo Indian salt production in Louisiana during the late prehistoric and early historic periods.

My career in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at MTSU began in the fall of 2016. I teach a variety of classes, such as World Prehistory (Anth 2210) and The Archaeology of Salt (Anth 3710). The latter course examines how salt was (and is) made, traded, and used by societies throughout the world. Every summer, I direct the university's local summer archaeological field school (Anth 4950). In 2017 and 2018, the field school was located at the late prehistoric Castalian Springs Mound site in Sumner County.

I am involved in a number of service-related activities, including serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Caddo Conference Organization and for the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology. I am also on the Scientific Committee for the International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt.

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Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Eubanks, Paul N. (2018) The Effects of Horses and Raiding on the Salt Industry in Northwest Louisiana. Caddo Archeology 28:5-20.

Clanton, Shonda L., and Paul N. Eubanks (2018) An Elemental Analysis of the Mineral Springs at Castalian Springs in North-central Tennessee. Journal of Undergraduate Research in Anthropology 2:9-14.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2016) Salt Production, Standardization, and Specialization: An Ex...

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Eubanks, Paul N. (2018) The Effects of Horses and Raiding on the Salt Industry in Northwest Louisiana. Caddo Archeology 28:5-20.

Clanton, Shonda L., and Paul N. Eubanks (2018) An Elemental Analysis of the Mineral Springs at Castalian Springs in North-central Tennessee. Journal of Undergraduate Research in Anthropology 2:9-14.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2016) Salt Production, Standardization, and Specialization: An Example from Drake's Salt Works. North American Archaeologist 37(4):203-230.

Eubanks, Paul N. and Ian W. Brown (2015) Certain Trends in Eastern Woodlands Salt Production Technology. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 40(3):231-256.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2015) A Reconstruction of the Caddo Salt Production Process at Drake's Salt Works. Caddo Archeology 25:145-166.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2014) The Timing and Distribution of Caddo Salt Production in Northwestern Louisiana. Southeastern Archaeology 33(1):108-122.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2013) Mississippian Salt Production at the Stimpson Site (1Ck29) in Southern Alabama. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 59(1&2):1-21.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2013) Late Middle Woodland Settlement and Ritual at the Armory Site. In Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast, edited by Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry, pp. 167-180. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2010) Interaction, Sedentism, and Woodland-period Chronology in Central Alabama: A Survey of the Armory Site. Journal of Alabama Archaeology 56(2):29-51.

 

Technical Reports

Eubanks, Paul N., and Kevin E. Smith (2018) Preliminary Report of Middle Tennessee State University’s 2017 Excavations at Castalian Springs (40SU14), Sumner County, Tennessee, with contributions by Derek T. Anderson, Shonda L. Clanton, Amanda L. Couch, Desirée Goodfellow, and Madeline B. Laderoute. Report No. 10, Manuscript submitted to the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Nashville, Tennessee.  

Eubanks, Paul N. (2014) Report of the 2013 Excavations at the Little (16NA11) and Upper (16WN30) Salt Licks at Drake’s Salt Works. Report submitted to the United States Forest Service, Kisatchie National Forest Southern Research Station, Alexandria, Louisiana.  

Eubanks, Paul N. (2013) Report of the 2012 Passport in Time Project at Drake’s Salt Works (16WN30 & 16NA11/17). Report submitted to the United States Forest Service, Kisatchie National Forest Southern Research Station, Alexandria, Louisiana.  

Eubanks, Paul N. (2012) Phase I Survey and Testing of the Proposed Location of the Drake’s Salt Works (16WN30) Museum. Report submitted to the Louisiana Division of Archaeology, Baton Rouge.  

Eubanks, Paul N., and Erin C. Smith (2012) Report of the 2011 Passport in Time Project at Drake’s Salt Works (16WN30). Report submitted to the United States Forest Service, Kisatchie National Forest Southern Research Station, Alexandria, Louisiana.  

Eubanks, Paul N., and Traci L. Roller (2011) A Sample of the Eroded Mound Fill From Mound A at Moundville. Report submitted to the Office of Archaeological Research, Moundville. 

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Awards

2016-2017 MTSU FRCAC Research Grant 

2016 Outstanding Dissertation Research Award, University of Alabama, College of Arts and Sciences

2015 Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Alabama Anthropology Dept.

2014-2015 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

2014-2015 David and Elizabeth DeJarnette Scholarship in Anthropology, The University of Alabama

2014 Richard A. Krause Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, The University of Alabama

2013-2014 Graduate Council Research Fellowship, The University of Alabama

Courses

Archaeological Field School (Anth 4950, MTSU)

Archaeology of Salt (Anth 3710, MTSU)

Introduction to Anthropology (Ant 100, The University of Alabama)

Lab Methods in Archaeology (Anth 3710, MTSU)

Native American Cultures (Ant 106, The University of Alabama)

North American Prehistoric Archaeology (Anth 3520, MTSU)

Southeastern Archaeology (Anth 4520, MTSU)

Undergraduate Anthropological Research (Anth 4910, MTSU)

World Prehistory (Anth 2210, MTSU)