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Adam King

Research Associate Professor - SCIAA
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: 803-576-6577
Office: 1321 Pendleton St, 2nd Floor, Suite 6


Adam King is a Research Associate Professor in the Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA). His research interests center on variation in the organization of Mississippian period societies in the Deep South. He is currently pursuing projects in the Etowah River Valley of northwestern Georgia and the middle Savannah River Valley on the Georgia-South Carolina border. In the Etowah Valley, he is working on reconstructing the history of the polities associated with the famous Etowah site. Current projects include 1. creating GIS layers and a relational database to analyze the extensive mortuary data from Etowah's Mound C, 2. exploring beliefs about the sacred and their intersection with social inequality through the study of Mississippian art and iconography, and 3. investigating the layout of the Etowah site through full cover remote sensing surveys. In the Savannah Valley, he is exploring the histories of four small centers and associated polities through examination of town layout and settlement distributions.