Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology meeting

It was announced yesterday that January 23 and 24, 2015 will be the dates for the Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) meeting. This free event has been held annually since 1989, and includes research presentations and posters from professional archaeologists, students, and independent researchers on archaeological sites and topic related to Tennessee. Since 1992 the CRITA meeting has taken place at the Ed Jones Auditorium on the campus of the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.

Each year the CRITA meeting hosts a fantastic assortment of papers and posters. The 26th annual meeting in January, 2014 included discussions of cave and rock art research, LiDAR and remote sensing techniques, the archaeology of ancient Native American tattooing, Mississippian period crystal production, glass trade beads, early African-American archaeologists, chert sourcing, examinations of marine shell gorgets, and investigations along the Cumberland Plateau, among other topics. Dr. Kevin Smith from MTSU has a compiled a complete list of past CRITA abstracts here.

Friday, January 23 will be the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council meeting (1:30 pm) and the annual business meeting for the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology (3:00 pm), both of which are also free and open to the public. These events are followed by a reception that begins at 4:15 pm. Research presentations will take place on Saturday, January 24 beginning at 8:25 am and last until the afternoon. For a complete schedule, see the announcement linked above or visit the CRITA web page.

Again, the CRITA meeting is free and open to the public, and we encourage all those interested in learning more about recent research in Tennessee to attend! If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster at the event, contact either Mike Moore ( or Kevin Smith (