TDEC’s Archaeology Conference will be on Civil War, cave & rock art

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Archaeology is co-hosting the 30th annual Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) meeting January 26-27 at Montgomery Bell State Park. The event is held in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University to share archaeological updates from across the state.

“For 30 years, this conference has provided an outlet for experts in Tennessee archaeology to share exciting findings that help explain our state’s past,” said Michael C. Moore, state archaeologist and director of TDEC’s Division of Archaeology. “Presentations this year touch on Early Irish-Tennesseans, cave and rock art, Civil War archaeological finds and much more.”

Friday’s agenda includes the Tennessee Archaeologi-cal Advisory Council and Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology annual meetings. The Saturday program will feature all-day presentations on Tennessee archaeology. Additional re- search will be covered in informative graphic posters.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. While professional archaeologists, vocational archaeologists, and students represent the primary targeted audience, the event is also intended to provide a showcase for the interested public to discover what’s been unearthed in Tennessee archaeology over the past year.