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Kandace D. Hollenbach

Associate Professor; Associate Curator of Paleoethnobotany, McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture


Archaeology; paleoethnobotany; early and historic foodways of peoples of the eastern United States; gender and identity among hunting-gathering peoples; use of landscape and settlement/mobility strategies of hunting-gathering and horticultural peoples; shift from foraging to food production.


  • Ph.D. 2005, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dissertation: Gathering in the Late Paleoindian and Early Archaic Periods in the Middle Tennessee River Valley, Northwest Alabama
  • B.A. 1998, Washington University, St. Louis (summa cum laude)

Professional Service

President Elect, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, 2020-2022

President, Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology, 2020-2021

Treasurer, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, 2013-2016

Board Member, Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology, 2013-2015

Awards and Recognitions

C.B. Moore Award for Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology by a Young Scholar, Southeastern Archaeological Conference, 2012



2009     Foraging in the Tennessee Valley, 12,500 to 8,000 Years Ago.  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Recent Publications:

Hollenbach, K.D., and S.B. Carmody (2022) Stalking the Most Predictable Prey: Early Gatherers in the Eastern Woodlands. In The Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast, ed. by D.S. Miller, A. Smallwood, and J. Tune, pp. 230-249. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Hollenbach, K.D., and S.B. Carmody (2022) From Foraging to Farming: Domesticating Landscapes in the Midsouth 3,000 Years Ago. Economic Anthropology 9(2):240-256. doi:10.1002/sea2.12249. 

Simon, M.L., Hollenbach, K.D., & Redmond, B.G. (2021) New Dates and Carbon Isotope Assays of Purported Middle Woodland Maize from the Icehouse Bottom and Edwin Harness Sites. American Antiquity, 1-12. doi:10.1017/aaq.2020.117.

Johanson, J.L., K.D. Hollenbach, and H.J. Cyr (2020) Food Production in the Early Woodland: Macrobotanical Remains as Evidence for Farming along the Riverbank in Eastern Tennessee. Southeastern Archaeology 39(1):1-15.

Hollenbach, K.D., and S.B. Carmody (2019) Agricultural Innovation and Dispersal in Eastern North America. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Carmody, S. B., & Hollenbach, K. D. (2019) Planting Rituals: Woodland Gardens and Imbued Landscapes. In Shaman, Priest, Ritual, Belief, edited by S. B. Carmody, & C. Barrier, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Carmody, S.B., K.D. Hollenbach, and E.M. Weitzel (2018) Prehistoric Foodways from the Dust Cave Site. In Baking, Bourbon, and Black Drink: Foodways Archaeology in the American Southeast, ed. by T.M. Peres and A. Deter-Wolf, pp. 102-118. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. 

Hollenbach, K.D., and S.B. Carmody (2018) A Taste of the Seasons, or the Daily Lives of Early Archaic Foragers in the Midsouth. In The Archaeology of Everyday Matters, ed. by S. Price and P. Carr, pp. 53-66. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Contact Information

  • 502 Strong Hall, Rm 433
  • Phone: 865-974-1865
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