College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

2013 Faculty Grants—Sociology and Anthropology

Johnson, J., primary investigator

Geophysical Research and Excavation Support in Endangered Sections of the Feltus Mounds, 22Je500

Sponsor: Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Award Amount: $9,568.31

Two geophysical survey techniques, downhole resistivity mapping and electrical resistivity tomography, were used to map mound structure at a prehistoric mound site near Natchez, Mississippi. The results were used to guide test excavation in order to map mound structure.

Mississippi Mounds Trail Project, Phase I

Sponsor: Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Award Amount: $37,178.06

The Federal Highway administration is developing a guided trail so that visitors to Mississippi will be able to drive from Memphis to Woodville visiting prehistoric Indian mounds along Highway 61. Phase I of this project was to gather bibliographic and map data on the mound sites along the northern portion of the route between Memphis and Greenville.

Mississippi Mounds Trail Project, Phase II

Sponsor: Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Award Amount: $49,931.00

Phase II of the Mounds Trail Project focused on test excavations at the mounds along the northern segment in order to collect a sample of artifacts and carbon to be used in dating the mounds.

Geophysical Survey of a Portion of the UMMC Medical Center

Sponsor: Mississippi State University/UMMC
Award Amount: $17,259.18

The University of Mississippi Medical School has known of the existence of unmarked graves on the campus for several decades. We conducted a geophysical survey of portions of the campus which they hoped to develop in order to locate these graves. Magnetic gradient survey revealed the location of several hundred grave shafts.

Johnson, W., primary investigator

Intertwining Legacies: A Lecture Series on Jews and African Americans in the Deep South

Sponsor: Association for Jewish Studies
Award Amount: $22,000.00

The Association for Jewish Studies-Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project funded a year-long lecture series focusing on Jews and African Americans in the Deep South. The University of Mississippi was one of four institutions in the United States to win an award for the 2012-13 academic year. The Critical Race Studies Group assumed responsibility for bringing five scholars and other noted guests who engaged students, faculty and community members in ten events.