Meeting, Sunday, Dec 11,1:00pm James Pegler, guest speaker

Rutherford County Archaeological Society (RCAS) Meeting
Sunday, December 11, 1:00pm
Oaklands Mansion, 900 N Maney Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Doors open 12:30 pm, Meet, greet, have a yummy treat!

We look forward to seeing you at our final gathering of 2022! If you have never attended one of our meetings please know that you are most welcome! Our meetings are free and casual, with folks of varying ages and from all walks of life. Our speaker this month is the dynamic James Pegler, who will present “Indigenous Use of Rock-Shelter Caves on the Upper Cumberland Plateau.” Thousands of rock-shelter caves punctuate the landscape of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. These caves were shelter for tens of thousands of Indigenous groups for thousands of years. Come hear what archaeology can tell us about the use of rock-shelters by the indigenous people of the Plateau.

Ethnohistorian and archaeologist James Pegler is a second year History M.A. student in the traditional history program at MTSU. James received a B.A. in History with a minor in Anthropology and Archaeology from MTSU with highest honors. He also served as the manager of MTSU’s Archaeology and Public History laboratory. James has performed archaeological fieldwork in Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau, and worked as a historian for Tennessee State Parks creating educational materials for rangers. James’ focus is on Indigenous history and their foodways. His thesis research deals with the Mississipain period to historic transition in the upper Tennessee River Valley, and the cheifdoms in what is also called the protohistoric period or shatter-zone period.

RCAS is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and service organization dedicated to sharing archaeology, research, and promoting the protection and preservation of archaeological and historic resources. We are funded only by memberships and donations. We welcome new members. Please consider making a donation so we can expand our conservation, restoration, and interpretation project at Murfreesboro’s Old CIty Cemetery, other volunteer archaeological work, and special events. Thank You! Website: rutherfordarchaeology.org