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Christian Allen

M.A. Student


I have a wide variety of interest that span the history and pre-history of the human occupation in North America. I am particularly interested in how material culture reflects the communities of practice of an individual and the cross-section of those practices within a coalescence of communities context. Additionally, I am interested in collaborative archaeology and working with Native American, and other descendant communities, on archaeological and heritage related projects.


Southeastern archaeology, Cherokee archaeology, archaeology of foodways, collaborative archaeology, coalescent and transitional communities, ceramic analysis, paleoethnobotany, geographic information systems, communities of practice, and behavioral ecology.


B.A. in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, 2016

Awards and Recognitions

2018 Graduate Student Spotlight, Office of Research and Engagement, University of Tennessee, Knoxville -

2017 Faculty Senate Research Council’s Summer Graduate Research Assistantship recipient, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)


Recent Presentations:

Co-Authored a poster entitled “Odd Fellows Cemetery: A Community Based GIS Project” that was presented at the 2018 Geography Symposium (GeoSym) (Knoxville, TN)


Paper presentation entitled “Archaeological Detection of Late Contact Cherokee Coalescent Communities and Investigating Subsistence Shifts in the Little Tennessee River Valley” at the 2017 Southeastern Archaeological Conference (Tulsa, OK)


Paper presentation entitled “Coalescent Cherokee Communities and Plant Subsistence at the Mialoquo Site (40MR3), Monroe County, Tennessee” at the 2017 Cherokee Archaeological Symposium (Cherokee, NC)

Contact Information

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  • Chair: Dr. Kandace Hollenbach and Dr. David G. Anderson