National Geographic Channel Pulls ‘Nazi War Diggers’ Series

“National Geographic Channel said Monday that it would ‘idefinitely’ pull a planned television series on unearthing Nazi war graves after days of blistering criticism from archaeologists and others who said the show handled the dead with macabre disrespect.”

Here’s a link to the story, via the New York Times: National Geographic Channel Pulls ‘Nazi War Diggers’ Series

“Nazi War Diggers” on the National Geographic Channel

There’s a great post on the SEAC Underground blog by TCPA member Shane Miller discussing the incredibly inappropriate new offering from the National Geographic Channel: “Nazi War Diggers.” We encourage all TCPA members -as well as anyone else interested in historic preservation and the promotion of professionalism in archaeology- to read Shane’s post and consider his points. The TCPA Board is presently preparing a letter to National Geographic expressing our dismay at this programming decision.

For more information, we encourage you to read through the comment thread on the “BioAnthropology News” facebook page, as well as the Coverage on the Conflict Antiquities blog.

It’s official – the Tennessee State Artifact!

The Tennessee State Artifact Bill was signed into law by Governor Haslam on March 21, 2014. This law makes the late prehistoric stone statue, known as “Sandy,” the official artifact of the state of Tennessee. This link shows you the steps the bill went through to become a law.

Mississippian stone statue "Sandy," from Wilson County Tennessee. Photo by David H. Dye.

Mississippian stone statue “Sandy,” from Wilson County Tennessee. Photo by David H. Dye.

We owe our thanks to Jared Barrett, TCPA Board Member, for proposing this initiative and following through. Of course it would not have happened without the support and enthusiasm of Senators Beavers and Ketron, and Representative Pody, and their staff members.

While there was no fanfare associated with the bill signing we do have plans to celebrate our new state artifact at the upcoming Southeastern Archaeological Conference 2015 meeting hosted in Nashville.

If you have other ideas for legislative initiatives, please do not hesitate to send them to me or any other board member. We are well on our way to showing the public that professional archaeology in the state of Tennessee is worth supporting!

More news coverage for the Tennessee state artifact initiative!

Nice coverage from the Lebanon Democrat yesterday about the Tennessee state artifact. This is the most complete coverage we’ve seen so far:

Wilson County’s ‘Sandy’ set to become official state artifact

Tennessee State Artifact News!

The TCPA initiative to name the Mississippian statue “Sandy” from Wilson County as the official Tennessee state artifact is one step closer to success! Bills to include the artifact on the official list of state symbols passed through the House and Senate on March 3 and are awaiting Governor Haslam’s signature. You can read the official TCPA press release.

Mississippian stone statue "Sandy," from Wilson County Tennessee. Photo by David H. Dye.

Mississippian stone statue “Sandy,” from Wilson County Tennessee. Photo by David H. Dye.