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Kandace D. Hollenbach

Associate Professor; Associate Curator of Paleoethnobotany, McClung Museum of Natural History and 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, Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology, 2018-2019

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.

Articles/Book Chapters:

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 S. Price, & P. Carr (Eds.), The Archaeology of Everyday Matters (pp. 53-66). Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

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

Hollenbach, K. D.                                                                                                    2017     Plant Use at a Mississippian and Contact Period Site in the South Carolina Coastal Plain.  In Forging Southeastern Identities: Social Archaeology and Ethnohistory of the Mississippian to Early Historic South, ed. by Gregory A. Waselkov and Marvin T. Smith, University of Alabama Press.

Wells, E.W. III, S.C. Sherwood, and K.D. Hollenbach                                            2014     Soapstone Vessel Chronology and Function in the Southern Appalachians of Eastern Tennessee:  The Apple Barn Site (40BT90) Assemblage.  Southeastern Archaeology 33(2). 

Carmody, S.B., and K.D. Hollenbach                                                                       2013     The Role of Gathering in Middle Archaic Social Complexity in the Midsouth:  A Diachronic Perspective.  In Barely Surviving or More than Enough? The Environmental Archaeology of Subsistence, Specialisation, and Surplus Food Production, ed. by Maaike Groot, Daphne Lentjes, and Jorn Zeiler, pp. 29-58.  Sidestone Press, Leiden, Netherlands. 

VanDerwarker, A.M., J.B. Marcoux, and K.D. Hollenbach                                     2013       Farming and Foraging at the Crossroads:  The Consequences of Cherokee and European Interaction through the Late Eighteenth Century.  American Antiquity 78(1):68-88.

Scarry, C.M., and K.D. Hollenbach                                                                     2012       What Can Plants and Plant Data Tell Us About Seasonality?  In Seasonality and Mobility on the Georgia Bight:  Methodologies and Substantive Applications, ed. by Elizabeth J. Reitz, Irvy Quitmyer, and David Hurst Thomas, pp. 187-198.  American Museum of Natural History, Anthropological Papers, Number 97.

Hollenbach, Kandace D.                                                                                           2010     Modeling Resource Procurement of Late Paleoindian Hunter-Gatherers:  A View from Northwest Alabama. In Exploring Variability in Early Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways, edited by Stance Hurst and Jack Hofman, pg. 13-26.  University of Kansas Press, Lawrence.

Hollenbach, K.D., and R.B. Walker                                                                         2010     Investigations of Paleoethnobotanical and Zooarchaeological Data From Dust Cave, Alabama.  In Integrating Zooarchaeology and Paleoethnobotany:  A Consideration of Issues, Methods, and Cases, ed. by Amber M. VanDerwarker and Tanya M. Peres, pp. 227-244.  Springer Press, New York.

Homsey, L.K., R.B. Walker, and K.D. Hollenbach                                             2010       What’s for Dinner? Investigating Food Processing Technologies at Dust Cave, Alabama.  Southeastern Archaeology 29(1):182-196.

Hollenbach, Kandace D.                                                                                           2007     Gathering in the Late Paleoindian: Archaeobotanical Remains from Dust Cave, Alabama. InForagers of the Terminal Pleistocene , ed. by Renee B. Walker and Boyce N. Driskell, pp. 132-147. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Hollenbach, Kandace D., and Asa R. Randall
2007     Ethnography, Analogy, and the Reconstruction of Paleoindian Lifeways . In Foragers of the Terminal Pleistocene , ed. by Renee B. Walker and Boyce N. Driskell, pp. 203-225. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

VanDerwarker, Amber M. and Kandace R. Detwiler
2002     Gendered Practice in Cherokee Foodways: A Spatial Analysis of Plant Remains from the Coweeta Creek Site. Southeastern Archaeology 21(1):21-28.

Walker, Renee B., Kandace R. Detwiler, Scott C. Meeks, and Boyce N. Driskell
2001     Berries, Bones and Blades: Reconstructing Late Paleoindian Subsistence Economy at Dust Cave, Alabama. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 26(2):169-198.

VanDerwarker, Amber M. and Kandace R. Detwiler
2000     Plant and Animal Subsistence at the Coweeta Creek Site (31Ma34), Macon County, North Carolina. North Carolina Archaeology 49:59-77.

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