The Pell City Historical Society will welcome a prominent Alabama archaeologist in mid-January.
Ashley Dumas is an Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences at the University of West Alabama. She earned her doctorate in archaeology from the University of Alabama. During her college years, she was the supervisor of her day of excavations, excursions, and public-facing community events twice a year. She also received the Lorraine McIlwain Award for her teaching and creative service.
Dumas was the director of the Fort Tombeck Site, a property of the University of West Alabama. Middle He was published by the University of Alabama Press, in collaboration with a professor at Tennessee State University. Dumas is a Fulbright Service Award winner and currently teaches undergraduate research and methodology in Poland.
Perhaps her greatest achievement was leading the two-year project and team that excavated Chief Tuscaloosa’s fortified province of Mabira. The battle between Chief Tuscaloosa and Hernandez de Soto, for which Alabama is named, took place in 1540.
According to the University of West Alabama newspaper, “Generations of archaeologists have searched for the Holy Grail of the Battle of Mabila. I discovered something almost as important as Mabira, the territory of the
Part of her presentation to the Society will be on the theme “The Search for Mabila: The Showdown Between Chief Tuscaloosa and Hernando DeSoto”.
“We are very excited to have her on board,” said Vicky Harmon, president of the Persity Historical Society. I hope that.”
The venue will host the event on January 18th at 1pm at 10 20th Street Pell City 35125. No cost or membership required to participate.