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Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council

The Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council consists of eleven members appointed by the Governor for five-year terms.

Upcoming Meeting Details (Revised 5/26/2020): 

No meeting scheduled.



Members include:

  • Five anthropologists representing the University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Vanderbilt University, Middle Tenessee State University and East Tennessee State University;
  • One representative from the Tennessee Historical Commission;
  • One representative from a recognized archaeological association in Tennessee;
  • Three members of Native American descent and representative of the Native American community in Tennessee;
  • One member from the public at large.

Commissioned under T.C.A. 11-6-103.

The statute authorizing this board expires June 30, 2022 and the one-year wind-down period begins.


Member Term Expires Representation
Jan Simek 06-30-2023 University of Tennessee
Cindy Yahola 06-30-2023 Native American Community
Dr. David Dye 06-30-2020 University of Memphis
Jeremy Kaunisto 06-30-2022 Native American Community
Chris Widga 06-30-2021 East Tennessee State University
Georgia Dennis 12-31-2022 Archaeological Association
J. Lauren Webb 06-30-2023 Public-at-Large
Dr. Kevin Smith,, Chairman 06-30-2022 Middle Tennessee State University
Toye Heape 12-31-2022 Tennessee Historical Commission
Betsey Robinson 06-30-2022 Vanderbilt University
Dr. William Rex Weeks, Jr. 06-30-2020 Native American Community


Phil Hodge

State Archaeologist and Director, Tennesse Division of Archaeology

Phone: 615-687-4776

This Page Last Updated: May 26, 2020 at 9:27 AM