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!

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