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

  • PHD, University of Alabama (2016)
  • MA, University of Alabama (2010)
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)

Areas of Expertise

The Archaeology and History of Salt

The Archaeology of the American Southeast

The Development of Complex Societies

Craft Production and Specialization

Pottery Analysis

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 career in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at MTSU began in the fall of 2016. I teach a variety of classes including Anthropological Research Methods, World Prehistory, Southeastern U.S. Archaeology, and The Archaeology of Salt. The lat...

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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 career in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at MTSU began in the fall of 2016. I teach a variety of classes including Anthropological Research Methods, World Prehistory, Southeastern U.S. Archaeology, and The Archaeology of Salt. The latter course examines how salt was (and is) made, traded, and used by societies throughout the world. Every summer, I also direct the university's local summer archaeological field school and laboratory analysis class.

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Publications

Books

Dumas, Ashley A., and Paul N. Eubanks (2021) Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Eubanks, Paul N., and Ashley A. Dumas (2021) Introduction. In Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology, edited by Ashley A. Dumas and Paul N. Eubanks, pp. 1-18. ...

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Books

Dumas, Ashley A., and Paul N. Eubanks (2021) Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Eubanks, Paul N., and Ashley A. Dumas (2021) Introduction. In Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology, edited by Ashley A. Dumas and Paul N. Eubanks, pp. 1-18. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Eubanks, Paul N., Kevin E. Smith, Hannah Guidry, and Larry McKee (2021) Prehistoric Uses of Salt and Mineral Springs in North-Central Tennessee. In Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology, edited by Ashley A. Dumas and Paul N. Eubanks, pp. 37-48. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Smith, Kevin E., and Paul N. Eubanks (2021) More than Just Salt: Architectural and Archaeological Surveys of Mineral Spring Sites of Tennessee. In Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology, edited by Ashley A. Dumas and Paul N. Eubanks, pp. 49-60. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2021) Salt Archaeology in Northwest Louisiana. In Salt in Eastern North America and the Caribbean: History and Archaeology, edited by Ashley A. Dumas and Paul N. Eubanks, pp. 124-137. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Eubanks, Paul N. (2021) Caddo Salt Making Wares. In Ancestral Caddo Ceramic Traditions, edited by Duncan P. MacKinnon, Jeffrey S. Girard, and Timothy K. Perttula, pp. 143-154. Louisiana State University Press.

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

Anthropological Research Methods (Anth 3530)

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 3610, 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)