Center For Transportation Research


Knox County, Tennessee



The archaeological studies group

is based in Knox County. We are located in downtown Knoxville. We have worked on a great many sites in Knoxville and Knox County.

Project: Phase II Testing and Phase III Data Recovery of the Mabry Site (40KN86), Pellissippi Parkway Extension, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Tennessee Department of Transportation, Environmental Planning Office, Suite 900, James K. Polk Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0334
Dates of Project: September 20, 1989-June 30, 1993
Amount: $171,029
Phase II evaluative archaeological testing and Phase III data recovery were conducted on the Mabry site in conjunction with the proposed construction of the Pellissippi Parkway Extension. The Mabry site was a nineteenth century plantation with a main house, associated outbuildings, and two slave cabins. Excavations focused on the slave cabins, the outbuildings, and a midden associated with the main house. Chimneys, cellars, and structure floors were investigated in the slave cabin area along with privies and fence lines near the main house.

Project: Phase II Testing and Phase III Data Recovery of the Sevierville Hill Site (40KN142), South Knoxville Boulevard Borrow Pit, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Blalock and Sons, Inc., P.O. Box 4750, Sevierville, TN 37864-4750
Dates of Project: September 1, 1991-February 1, 1993
Amount: $51,936
Phase II evaluative archaeological testing and Phase III data recovery were conducted on the Sevierville Hill site in conjunction with the proposed use of the area for fill dirt in the construction of the South Knoxville Boulevard. Excavations revealed the remains of a position that was fortified during the Civil War. Numerous hearths and several structure areas were investigated.

Project: Phase I Survey for Archaeological Resources, Middlebrook Pike Borrow Pit, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc., P.O. Box 4750, Sevierville, TN 37863-4750
Dates of Project: September 1992-October 1992
Amount: $1,894
A Phase I survey for archaeological resources was conducted in a proposed borrow pit on Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville. Pedestrian survey and systematic shovel testing revealed only the remains of recent buildings.

Project: Phase II Testing of Site 40KN144, Mabry-Hazen House, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Mabry-Hazen Historical Museum Foundation, Inc., 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915
Dates of Project: April 1993-November 1993
Amount: $4,999
Phase II evaluative archaeological testing was conducted at the nineteenth century Mabry-Hazen house (40KN144) in east Knoxville. Excavations revealed a historic midden on the slope behind the house and a filled in Civil War entrenchment.

Project: Phase II Testing of Site 40KN146, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Knoxville's Community Development Corporation, 901 Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
Dates of Project: August 23, 1993-September 10, 1993
Amount: $5,999
Phase II evaluative archaeological testing was conducted at the location of the former Fouche block and 1875 building (40KN146) in downtown Knoxville. The investigations took place after removal of buildings on the property and prior to new construction. Excavations revealed brick and limestone foundations, a buried old land surface, and numerous recent disturbances.

Project: Phase I Survey for Archaeological Resources in the Proposed State Route 131 (Emory Road) Right-of-Way from Near Gill Road to Near Bishop Road, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Chester IDE Associates, Inc., 5556 Franklin Road, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37720
Dates of Project: May 15, 1995-May 29, 1995
Amount: $4,172
A Phase I archaeological reconnaissance survey was conducted within the proposed State Route 131 (Emory Road) right-of-way from approximately 90 m east of Bishop Road to near Gill Road. Pedestrian survey and systematic shovel testing revealed one historic archaeological site (40KN150).

Project: Intensive Survey for Archaeological Resources and Phase II Archaeological Testing of Site 40KN152 in the Proposed Hill Avenue (State Route 71) Corridor from the Bridge Over State Route 158 to the Intersection of Church Avenue with the Existing Hill Avenue in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Wilbur Smith Associates, 12 Oaks Executive Office Park, 5401 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Dates of Project: October 5, 1995-May 1, 1996
Amount: $23,239
An intensive archaeological survey was conducted in the proposed Hill Avenue (State Route 71) corridor from the bridge over State Route 158 to the intersection of Church Avenue with the existing Hill avenue. Close interval shovel testing and hand excavation of 1 m x 1 m units revealed artifacts dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Limited Phase II archaeological testing was conducted at 40KN152. Excavations on 40KN152 revealed greatly disturbed outbuilding remains and stone walls.

Project: Phase I Survey for Archaeological Resources at the Locations of Two Support Poles for an Aerial Power Line Crossing the French Broad River, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Knoxville Utilities Board, 4507 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921
Dates of Project: February 20, 1995-March 2, 1995
Amount: $1,302
A Phase I survey for archaeological resources was conducted at the locations of two support poles for an aerial power line river crossing. Pedestrian survey and systematic shovel testing revealed two prehistoric archaeological sites.

Project: Phase I Survey for Archaeological Resources of 2.74 Ha (6.76 Acres) in the Holston River Park, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: City of Knoxville, Tennessee, Civil Engineering Division, 1400 Loraine Street, Knoxville, TN 37921
Dates of Project: March 15, 1996-March 22, 1996
Amount: $5,786
A Phase I survey for archaeological resources was conducted within the proposed Holston River Park. Pedestrian survey and systematic shovel testing revealed no prehistoric of historic archaeological sites.

Project: Phase III Archaeological Data Recovery in the Proposed Northside Waterfront Redevelopment Project Area, Trench 1 in Area 2, and Trench 4 in Area 3l, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: City of Knoxville, City/County Building P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901
Dates of Project: September 23,1996-April 14, 1997
Amount: $48,645
A Phase III archaeological data recovery was conducted in the proposed northside waterfront redevelopment project area. Excavations revealed numerous historic privies and postholes and deep stratified historic cultural deposits on archaeological site 40KN149.

Project: Phase I Survey for Archaeological Resources in the Proposed Powell and Ten Mile Creek Greenways, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: Knox County Parks and Recreation, City-County Building, Room 583, 400 W. Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Dates of Project: September 9, 1996-April 7, 1997
Amount: $5,617
A Phase I survey for archaeological resources was conducted in the proposed easements of two greenway trails in Knox County, Tennessee. Pedestrian survey and systematic shovel testing revealed two prehistoric archaeological sites in the Powell Greenway.

Project: Intensive Archaeological Survey of Knollwood on Bearden Hill at Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Sponsor: City of Knoxville, Knoxville City Council, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901
Dates of Project: January 27, 1997-March 31, 1997
Amount: $6,999
A Phase I survey for archaeological resources was conducted at the Knollwood property which will be severely impacted by proposed commercial development. Pedestrian survey and systematic shovel testing revealed a stone walled wellhouse within a brick foundation. Three late subsurface features were uncovered but there was no evidence of early historic structures or activity areas.


  • Hill Avenue
  • Sevierville Hill
  • Waterfront Redevelopment
  • Knollwood
  • Powell and Ten Mile Greenway
  • Fouche Block
  • Emory Road
  • Mabry-Hazen House
  • Knoxville/Knox County Historical Background


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    This page was last updated on 21 Sep 2001.

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