by Tracy C. Brown
Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month (TAAM) begins tomorrow (September 1, 2021) all across the state of Tennessee. The overall TAAM celebration is sponsored each year by the excellent and venerable Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology (TCPA), but numerous other governmental and private sector entities join in each September with their own special programmatic contributions to the overall celebration.
Last year at this time, the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus either closed down or put a significant damper on some of the open-to-the-public, face-to-face festivities usually associated with this annual celebration of Tennessee archaeology. As most of you already know, the COVID 19 Delta Variant is eating Tennessee and the rest of the southeastern United States alive right now. Unfortunately, I have not read or heard anything about how this new viral variant has affected the scheduling of the face-to-face aspects of this year’s TAAM celebration. The COVID-19 Delta Variant is primarily sickening people who are not fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and people who refuse to wear excellent-quality face masks (e.g., KN-95). If you have been fully vaccinated, do not have suppressed immunity, do not have multiple comorbidities, and wear a KN-95 face mask, you are probably good to go for attending any face-to-face indoors or outdoors archaeological activity that does not involve taking off your KN-95 face mask to eat food or slurp a beverage. However, if you are not fully vaccinated and refuse to wear a face mask, please keep your sorry ass at home. Yes—–there was judgement in that last sentence because people like you are dangerous to both yourself and your fellow man and woman.
The annual 30 Days of Archaeology Blogfest is still being held as part of the 2021 TAAM celebration. Each day in September, a professional archaeologist, archaeology student, museum worker, or guest author writes a major blogpost summarizing one of their archaeological projects or highlighting some special archaeological or museological subject of interest. The blogposts are almost always fun and interesting to the maximum, and they are usually accompanied with maps, photographs, and/or video clips. You may click on the following safe link each of the 30 days in September 2021 to read the blogpost for that day:
The first blogpost will be available tomorrow, and a new blogpost will be available each day for the next 30 days. Once posted, all of the blogposts remain permanently available to the public on the TCPA website. Information relevant to each blogpost is usually posted on the TCPA Facebook page, and people can post comments on each blogpost there. You may click on the following safe link to go there:
Have fun everyone!!!