Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology Annual Event

Next Event: January 28, 2023

The Tennessee Division of Archaeology and Middle Tennessee State University are pleased to announce the next Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) event will take place on January 28, 2023 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. This annual event provides a day-long showcase for professional archaeologists, students, and the interested public to learn about recent research into Tennessee's archaeological heritage. 

Event Registration

The annual CRITA event is free and open to the public. To attend, please register through Tennessee State Parks using the following link:

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. All presentations are limited to fifteen (15) minutes. Posters should address current or recent archaeological research in the state of Tennessee. To encourage public attendance and participation the organizers request that presentations be well-illustrated and given in a clear, informal style accessible to non-specialists. To submit a paper or poster for the 2023 event, please complete the online form:

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.

Associated Events

The organizers are pleased to partner with Tennessee State Parks to provide a venue for other associated meetings and activities on Friday, January 27, including a meeting of the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council, and the annual business meeting of the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology. A complete schedule of Friday meetings and activities will be updated below when the schedule is finalized.   

Meeting Program and Abstracts

Check back for programs and more information.