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Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month

Today is September 1, 2015.  This is kickoff day for the Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month throughout Tennessee from Bristol to Memphis and Mitchelville to Ardmore.  As is usually the case, the charge this year is being led by the fine folks at the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology (TCPA).  You can check out the scope of the planned festivities at the following two links:



The festivities this year include the 2.0 version of the Tennessee Archaeology Blogfest (formally titled 30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology). Last year’s blogfest was enormously interesting and informative, gaining Southeastern Archaeological Conference attention, and my personal intuition strongly suspects that the 2015 blogfest will be even better than the one last year. Tennessee archaeologists put a lot of energy and care into writing these daily blog posts and illustrating them, so be sure and check for a new blog post on Tennessee archaeology each day throughout September.

If you prefer to sample Tennessee archaeology firsthand in the real world rather than in cyberspace, a list of archaeological events in a Tennessee town near yours has been developed for your inspection.  Please take a look at the list of scheduled events at the second TCPA link above, identify one that fires your imagination, gather up the family, hop in your vehicle, and head on over for a fun and interesting day of archaeological activities, sights, and sounds.

I would like to end by saying that American archaeology and Tennessee archaeology, for all practical purposes, were predominantly “male only” clubs in the 19th century and throughout most of the 20th century.  In spite of Jimmy Griffin and his recommendation against hiring a woman, our own Madeline Kneberg became one of the first women to begin flipping over that all-male apple cart here in Tennessee.  Many other women archaeologists, such as my close friend Dr. Patricia Cridlebaugh and our very own Dr. Lynne Sullivan, have followed in her footsteps throughout Tennessee over the past 46 years. Here at the Archaeology in Tennessee blog, we are strong supporters of feminist archaeology and the many women who are active in Tennessee archaeology today.  As the 2015 Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month proceeds, I hope each of you will stop and take special notice of the many women who are making excellent contributions to the archaeology of the Volunteer State.  In doing so, I also hope the many girls in Tennessee public and private schools (K-12) will be inspired by their work and know that they too can have their own place at the table one day in Tennessee archaeology and be both welcomed and appreciated for the work they do.  Times will continue changing, and the future is yours girls.  You are an agent of change simply by being YOU.  Go for it!!!

Feminine Voices in Archaeology

The Archaeology in Tennessee blog takes this opportunity to announce that it fully and wholeheartedly supports the many women who have chosen to practice professional archaeology and legitimate avocational archaeology here in Tennessee, in the United States, and throughout the world.  We know that issues of discrimination have existed in the past and that some of those issues persist today.  In addition, we recognize that women archaeologists have other significant issues and concerns with regard to their private lives and how those concerns intersect with the many demands placed on archaeologists today. 

Recently, while cruising the worldwide web, we ran into an interesting and fairly new blog that was created in early 2012.  The name of this blog is Feminine Voices in Archaeology, and it was created to be a central meeting place where women archaeologists could gather on-line, voice their concerns about various issues, and seek effective solutions to the problems that crop up at the interface between their lives and the world of archaeology.  The Archaeology in Tennessee blog supports the stated purposes of this new blog and would like to encourage women archaeologists in Tennessee and elsewhere to visit it and actively participate by presenting your own ideas, thoughts, concerns, and experiences for discussion.  You do not have to post your real name to do that.  You can post anonymously or by using a made-up “handle name,” and no subject of concern is too great or too small.  The URL for this new blog is as follows: