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Garrett Wamack

M.A. Student


Preferred pronouns: he/him

Subdiscipline: Archaeology


I am a local Knoxvillian, born and raised about a half-hour outside of town. I earned my Bachelors degree at UTK in 2016, majoring in anthropology with a focus on archaeology. In 2019, I started earning my Master's degree at UTK as the Graduate Research Assistant for the archaeology laboratory in the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. I specialize in urban archaeology which is a subdiscipline of historical archaeology that is focused on urban centers like cities and towns, typically of the more recent past. My current research focuses on understanding how urbanization shaped the landscape of the Old City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moreover, I am learning how that process affected minority groups like the Irish and Black communities living in the area. I hope to have my degree sometime in mid-2022.


Archaeology, urban archaeology, urbanization, urban renewal, Knoxville, Tennessee, nineteenth century, twentieth century


B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Anthropology - Anthropology/Archaeology. 2016.

Professional Service

Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA), Southeastern Archaeology Conference (SEAC)

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Contact Information

  • Chair: Dr. Barbara Heath