Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology
The Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology is a non-profit archaeological research unit affiliated with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). The Institute is self-supporting through funding from contracts and grants; no University appropriations are expended on Institute operations or maintenance.
The Institute was formed in 1975 by Dr. Jeffrey L. Brown to promote scientific inquiry in the areas of industrial, historical and prehistoric archaeology in the Chattanooga region. Brown served as the first Director of the Institute until his death in December 1980. Brown, a graduate of the University of Arizona (Ph.D. 1973), was a director of the Society for Industrial Archaeology who undertook numerous archaeological studies of the region's historic and prehistoric past. To honor Brown's contribution to the region's culture history, the Institute was named in his honor in 1981. Since 1980, the Institute's geographical scope of operation has expanded to include the greater southeastern United States.
The Institute of Archaeology maintains scholarly and public service commitments to scientific archaeology, and has engaged sponsored research services for a wide variety of private sector firms as well as federal, state and local governments. In addition to contributing to scientific and historical pursuits, the Institute enhances UTC’s educational mission through sponsorship of a yearly archaeological field school. The Institute is also involved in a number of outreach efforts to increase the community's awareness and appreciation of its prehistoric and historic cultural heritage. The Director of the Institute, Dr. Nick Honerkamp, serves as a UC Foundation Professor within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.