Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Michael Ann Williams (Director), Timothy Evans, Darlene Applegate

Degree Program

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Using only one line of evidence for a study of historic sites can be problematic if it does not provide a complete picture of the material culture or lifeways of a people, group, or community. In order to understand the ideas and objects, of culture present at historic sites, it is necessary to use archaeological methodologies with vernacular architecture studies and folklore to create a more holistic image of the world and its inhabitants. To facilitate this, I conducted original research on a mineral spring resort, Massey Springs Resort (Massey Springs) in Warren County, Kentucky, a popular resort in the early 1900s. This project examines the site in terms of its archaeological resources, primary and secondary archival data, and vernacular architectural resources. Since there are no standing structures, Massey Springs is worthwhile example of the explicit need of using a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to investigate past lifeways.


Anthropology | Archaeological Anthropology | Folklore | Social and Cultural Anthropology