The Importance of Amateur Archaeologists

Here’s a fantastic post from Robert Connolly and his blog Archaeology, Museums, and Outreach musing on the importance of partnerships between professional and avocational archaeologists. Tennessee has a strong tradition of responsible Avocational archaeology. Our knowledge of the prehistoric period in the Nashville Basin, for example, would be far less complete without the work of Bob Ferguson, John Dowd, Buddy Brehm, the Southeastern Indian Antiquities Survey, the Middle Cumberland Archaeological Society, and others. It’s been inspiring over the past year to see increased partnerships between professional archaeologists and the public in Tennessee in the formation of several new archaeological societies, including in Rutherford County and Williamson County.

The Importance of Amateur Archaeologists.