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Upcoming Meeting



Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology 

32nd Annual Meeting

Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, 2020

On the campus of Middle Tennessee State University

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. In 2020 the event will take place on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 in a building TBD on the capmus of Middle Tennessee State University. This continued venue change is necessary due to ongoing renovations at Montgomery Bell State Park (MBSP).  Our plan is to return to MBSP for the 2021 meeting. Friday afternoon is reserved for the annual meeting of the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council (at 1:30pm) as well as the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology annual business meeting (at 3:00pm). The Saturday program consists of presentations on Tennessee archaeology.  

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.

Please contact Mike Moore by email or phone (615-687-4776) if you have any questions or need additional information.

Sponsors:  Tennessee Division of Archaeology and Middle Tennessee State University

Organizers:   Mike Moore, State Archaeologist and Director, Tennessee Division of Archaeology, 1216 Foster Ave., Cole Bldg #3, Nashville, Tennessee 37243.  Phone: (615) 687-4776, email; and Kevin Smith, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middle Tennessee State University, P.O. Box 10, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132.  Phone: (615) 898-5958 or 2508, email

Contributed Papers: Presentations should address current or recent research pertaining to archaeology in the state of Tennessee.  Presentations will be accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis due to a limited number of slots, and must be limited to fifteen (15) minutes.  Title and abstract should be sent to Mike Moore or Kevin Smith no later than January 6, 2020, for inclusion in the program.

PowerPoint Presentations: A LCD projector and Windows laptop with PowerPoint 2010 will be available for presentations.  Requests to use the equipment must be submitted with the title and abstract.  Presenters using the equipment must either provide the PowerPoint file prior to the meeting (via e-mail or CD) or plan to arrive by 7:30 am on Saturday with a CD or flash-drive containing the presentation to be loaded on the laptop.  Presenters should be aware that special animation schemes vary by the version of PowerPoint and may not be compatible with the version provided.

Posters:  Posters should address current or recent archaeological research in the state of Tennessee.  Poster titles and abstracts should be sent no later than January 6, 2020.  

Tables:  Display tables may be available outside the conference room, and must be arranged ahead with the meeting organizers. The organizers request that individuals refrain from selling merchandise, wares, etc. during the CRITA event.

Parking: TBD

LUNCH:  Participants and attendees will be on their own during the Saturday lunch break from 12:00-1:30 pm.    

LODGING: Although there is no meeting hotel, lodging may be found throughout the greater Murfreesboro area. A list of hotels may be found via the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce web page:

PROGRAM: Check back here for the Preliminary and Final Programs 

* MTSU is an entirely non-smoking campus both inside and outside, there are no designated or approved smoking areas. Smoking (and vaping) is allowed inside personal vehicles parked on campus.



Friday, January 17

1:30 PM      Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council meeting

3:00 PM      Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology business meeting

Saturday, January 18

8:25 AM                        Scheduled Presentations

12:00 PM-1:30 PM     Lunch Break        

1:30PM                         Scheduled Presentations