2023 Annual Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology Meeting

Montgomery Bell State Park (Dates TBA)

The Tennessee Division of Archaeology and Middle Tennessee State University co-sponsor the annual Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) event to promote the distribution of information about archaeological research in the state over the past year. While professional archaeologists, avocational archaeologists, and students represent the primary targeted audience, the event is also intended to provide a showcase for the interested public to discover what has been “happening” in Tennessee Archaeology over the past year. The event is free and open to the public. 

Call for Papers and Posters

Presentations should address current or recent research pertaining to archaeology in the state of Tennessee, and will be accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis due to a limited number of slots. All presentations are limited to fifteen (15) minutes. Posters should address current or recent archaeological research in the state of Tennessee. To submit a paper or poster, please email title, abstract, author names, and affiliations to organizers Phil Hodge (Phil.Hodge@tn.gov) and Kevin Smith, (Kevin.Smith@mtsu.edu). 


Phil Hodge, State Archaeologist and Director, Tennessee Division of Archaeology (615-687-4776. Phil.Hodge@tn.gov); and Kevin Smith, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University (615-898-5958, Kevin.Smith@mtsu.edu).

Tables: The availability of exhibit tables will be determined. The organizers ask that individuals refrain from selling merchandise, wares, etc. during the event

Meeting Venue

The 2023 Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology annual meeting will be held at Lodge Montgomery Bell, located in Montgomery Bell State Park just 40 minutes west of Nashville. Reservations may be made online or by calling 615-797-3101. Cabins and campground spots are also available in the park.


Participants and attendees will be on their own during the Saturday lunch break. The Restaurant at Montgomery Bell State Park is a full-service, family-friendly restaurant located inside Montgomery Bell State Park. Other food options may be found along Hwy 70 east and west of the park.


The availability of exhibit tables will be determined and shared later this fall. Tables are for non-commercial, educational exhibits meeting the spirit and intent of the conference.

Tentative Schedule

The preliminary program will be available to view in early January, 2023.

Meeting Program and Abstracts

Check back for programs and more information.