Blog Policy

1)     All persons, groups, or organizations that would like to post comments on this blog are responsible for being fully aware of this policy before posting any comments.  By the act of posting any comment, you agree to abide by the full terms of this policy.  Claiming ignorance of this policy is no excuse for violating the policy.

2)     As a matter of policy, the Archaeology in Tennessee blog hereby expresses its deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of the parties (artists and photographers) who have kindly granted the blog owner permission to use their images on this blog.  This blog is particularly grateful to artist David Wright of Sumner County, Tennessee, for his images of Native Americans and American frontiersmen.  In our opinion, Mr. Wright is the greatest contemporary artist working in this genre of American art.  Detailed information on his art may be obtained at the following URL:  However, the ideas expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the parties who have granted permission to use their images, and the use of their images on this blog does not in any way constitute party endorsement of the content expressed on this blog.

3)    This blog is designed to serve adults (age 18 and older) rather than children.  It is not intended to be a racy or otherwise objectionable blogspot.  However, some posts or comments may occasionally contain words, information, or images that some sensitive people might deem inappropriate.  If you are one of these people, it is solely your responsibility to leave this blog and to prevent children or students in your guardianship or care from accessing this blog.

4)     This policy is subject to change without prior notice or obligation, and the changes become effective immediately upon posting to this page.  Please read this policy often and regularly familiarize yourself with any changes that have been made.  This is your responsibility.

5)     You are personally, completely, and fully responsible for the content of your comments on this blog.  You are forbidden to post content that is libelous, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, or abusive.  This includes any language the blog owner considers to be inappropriate, rude, or offensive.  By submitting a comment to this blog, you agree that the content of the comment is indeed your own and that you will hold this blog (Archaeology in Tennessee), the blog owner, editors, contributors, authors, other commenters, all subsidiaries, and all representatives harmless from any and all damages, liabilities, or repercussions that might arise from the content of your comments.

6)     Do not post comments that degrade or discriminate against people on the basis of their race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.  This policy applies to religion too—but with one important caveat.  Over the past few decades, Christian fundamentalism and Christian conservative evangelicalism in the United States have become militant in nature, highly politicized, and outright hostile to the academic content of archaeology, anthropology, biology, geology, astronomy, environmental science, clinical psychology, American history, and related fields of study.  This hostility includes intensive and widespread political efforts to obtain government power at all levels and to use that power to undermine the teaching of evolution and other settled science in American public schools.  It also includes attempts to rewrite K-12 American history and social studies curricula to reflect right wing extremist prejudices and ideology rather than the true American history and social studies content held in trust for the American people by most academic experts in the humanities and social sciences.  This blog takes the position that the ultimate goal of these radical religionists is to seize government power by any means possible and force all American citizens to believe as they believe and comply with the behaviors that they dictate.  The Archaeology in Tennessee blog is roundly opposed to these misguided efforts and the bankrupt theologies that drive them.  Therefore, this blog is not inclined to forbid the expression of honestly held political and religious opinions/comments critical of these efforts or the politico-religious leaders who support and advance these efforts on the public stage.

7)     Comments posted on this blog shall not contain personal attacks on the blog owner or commenters.  However, the content of daily posted articles and other comments may be discussed, questioned, or argued in a civil manner.

8)     By posting comments on this blog, you are representing that you possess the legal right to reproduce, adapt, display, and distribute the content of such comments to others.  The blog owner shall not be responsible for posted comments that may infringe on a third party’s copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights.  In other words, the responsibility is all on you.  When citing the ideas and works of others in comments, please give credit to whom credit is due.

9)     The blog owner reserves the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments made on this blog.  This includes the right to block the access of any person, group, or organization from commenting on this blog and the right to block them from future access to the entire blog.

10)     In cases where a person, group, or organization has submitted a special article, public announcement, or other written work for posting on the blog, the writer or entity submitting the item agrees and accepts that the submitted item is subject to editing by the blog owner before posting.  The entity further agrees that the blog owner may delete the item from the blog at any time without prior notice to the writer or the entity that submitted it for posting on the blog.  The blog owner shall not be responsible for such posts that may infringe on a third party’s copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights.  In other words, the responsibility is all on you.  When citing the ideas and works of others in special posts, please give credit to whom credit is due.

11)     Do not include your personal or private information (or that of a third party) in your comments on this blog.  Such information includes, but is not limited to, land-line telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, U.S. mail addresses, e-mail addresses, social media addresses, bank account numbers, credit/debit card numbers, military identification numbers, or social security numbers.  You are forbidden to post comments containing confidential business information (including your own or that of a third party); government confidential, official-use-only, or security-classified information/data; or information/data with national security/homeland security sensitivity.  The blog owner will not be responsible for any violations or negative outcomes arising from the revelation of such content.  All such responsibility is solely that of the commenter.

12)     You may not post comments containing content that violates federal, state, or local statutes, regulations, or ordinances—or provisions of international law to which the government of the United States subscribes.

13)     The blog owner reserves the right to change the content of any part of this blog at any time without prior notice or obligation.

14)     The information, data, and images provided in the contents of this blog are provided as a public service.  The blog owner, editors, contributors, authors, commenters, all subsidiaries, and all representatives make no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of the information, data, or images presented on the Archaeology in Tennessee blog.

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