PBS Antiques Roadshow Appraises Duck River Cache and Sandy

Interesting piece from the Archaeology in Tennessee blog about Antiques Roadshow visiting the McClung Museum in Knoxville.

Archaeology in Tennessee

This was an interesting and surprising evening! While the rest of my family was at a concert, I prepared some food in the kitchen at home, plopped my bottom into a den chair, munched on dinner, and watched some television. After Erin Burnett had regaled me with assorted Ebola horrors on CNN, I did some quick channel surfing and landed on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) channel where The Antiques Roadshow was already underway―from Knoxville, Tennessee. After watching a few minutes, the camera suddenly cut away to a program emcee standing in front of the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture at The University of Tennessee. The primary subject of concern was the museum’s permanent exhibit called Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee.

Once inside the museum, the emcee was accompanied by a professional art appraiser with knowledge of Native American artifacts and their monetary…

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State Artifact Bill Signing

Andrew Brown, Aaron Deter-Wolf, Phil Hodge, Kate McKinney, Kelly Ledford, Tanya Peres, and Jared Barrett at War Memorial Auditorium for the signing ceremony.

Andrew Brown, Aaron Deter-Wolf, Phil Hodge, Kate McKinney, Kelly Ledford, Tanya Peres, and Jared Barrett at War Memorial Auditorium for the signing ceremony.

June 3 was the official signing ceremony for the state artifact bill. Members of the TCPA board and several student members of the organization, met with Rep. Pody and Senator Beavers to see Governor Haslam sign his name. Here’s the full bill:

Tennessee Artifact Bill

More news coverage for the Tennessee state artifact initiative!

Nice coverage from the Lebanon Democrat yesterday about the Tennessee state artifact. This is the most complete coverage we’ve seen so far:

Wilson County’s ‘Sandy’ set to become official state artifact

Tennessee State Artifact News!

The TCPA initiative to name the Mississippian statue “Sandy” from Wilson County as the official Tennessee state artifact is one step closer to success! Bills to include the artifact on the official list of state symbols passed through the House and Senate on March 3 and are awaiting Governor Haslam’s signature. You can read the official TCPA press release.

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.

Tennesse State Artifact Bills

This morning House Bill 2443 and Senate Bill 2442 naming “Sandy” as the official State Artifact passed through their respective subcommittees, and will appear before the House and Senate Calendar and Rules Committees next week.

You can find video of the Senate subcommittee hearing at the Tennessee General Assembly page (click on the “video clips” tab). The footage of SB 2442 is from around 1:04:00. to 1:08:00

State Artifact update!

Since the January meeting there has been significant progress on making Sandy the official State Artifact! After being approached by TCPA Board Member Jared Barrett, Senator Mae Beavers (Mt. Juliet, District 17) and Representative Mark Pody (Lebanon, District 46) have introduced bills to make Sandy the State Artifact. You can track the progress of these bills (SB 2442 and HB 2443) online via bill tracker.