September, 2015 is the second-annual TCPA-sponsored celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month! This year also marks the first year of “official” Archaeology Month celebrations, following the March 2015 passage of a state law “[designating] the month of September as Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month to encourage citizens to learn more about prehistoric and historic archaeology in Tennessee.” You can learn more about the legislative process and history of Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month celebrations here.
Join us throughout the month of September as we learn more about Tennessee’s prehistoric and historic past through the study of Archaeology! Here are some of the ways we’re celebrating:
- It’s the second-annual “30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology” blogfest! Each day TCPA members and friends will provide daily guest blog posts highlighting archaeological work throughout the state. You can find those posts via the site’s blog or the link above.
- Join the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum & Gray Fossil Site for Archaeology Awareness Day on Saturday, September 12.
- The Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Division of Archaeology will host an Artifact Discovery Day on September 12.
- On September 19, the Native History Association will lead a guided hike along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail segment at Old Jefferson in Rutherford County.
- The C.H. Nash Museum hosts a Volunteer Saturday on September 19.
- Pinson Mounds will host the 33rd annual Archaeofest on September 19 and 20.
- The Tennessee Division of Archaeology will host guided tours of Mound Bottom on September 20 and of Sellars Farm on September 27.
- The Rutherford County Archaeological Society is sponsoring Family Archaeology Activity Day on September 26.
- And more! See our calendar for complete event listings as we learn about them.