30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology, Day 1

Welcome to the Blogfest!

Tanya M. Peres, PhD, RPA
President, Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology
Director, Rutherford County Archaeology Research Program
www.mtsurcarp.wordpress.com

Welcome to the TCPA’s inaugural “30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology” blogfest. One of the initiatives I laid out for TCPA members this year is to raise the public visibility of archaeology across the state. We have made great strides already including having “Sandy” named as the official Tennessee State Artifact (TCPA Board Member Jared Barrett will blog about later this month). This blogfest and associated calendar of events is to commemorate Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month in September 2014.

In recognition of the importance of Tennessee’s archaeological heritage, the state legislature created an official “Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Week (TAAW)” in 1995 (Acts 1995, ch. 91, Part 1). This legislation designated the special week to “promote the archaeological heritage of Tennessee.” However, there are more activities happening across the state than can fit in a week, so this year we are celebrating Tennessee’s archaeological heritage with an entire month (and more) of events across the state. We realize that not everyone can attend all of the possible events being held, so we are bringing archaeology to you via the “30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology” blogfest, which is being held from September 1-30. This virtual event is way to connect archaeologists working across Tennessee with the public and show that archaeology is everywhere, sometimes in your own backyard!

MTSU Anthropology Alumna, Kelly Ledford, excavates a shell midden site along the Cumberland River during the MTSU 2012 Archaeological Field School. This portion of the site is approximately 5,000-7,000 years old.

MTSU Anthropology Alumna, Kelly Ledford, excavates a shell midden site along the Cumberland River during the MTSU 2012 Archaeological Field School. This portion of the site is approximately 5,000-7,000 years old.

Another important way that TCPA will commemorate Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month is through the creation of a collectible poster featuring an archaeological site important to Tennessee’s heritage. I will blog about the history of the TAAM poster, and unveil this year’s design, in my post later this week.

We encourage you to attend a TAAM event in your area, follow the “30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology” blog during the month of September, and visit an archaeological site in your community (many of which are located on public lands).

Happy Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month 2014!

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