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Our Sellars Farm Site Field trip is on for today!
*YES, THE WALKING TOUR WILL BE HAPPENING TODAY! IT WILL BE COOL AND CLOUDY, BUT NO RAIN IS FORECAST. SEE YOU THERE!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018 AT 10:30 in Lebanon, TN!
Sellars Farm State Archaeological Park Field Trip!
Yes, Our October meeting is a field trip!
It is free and open to the public!
The Rutherford County Archaeological Society is happy to announce a special field trip opportunity: A Guided Walking Tour of Sellars Farm State Archaeological Park
Our tour guides: Archaeologists Shannon and Phil Hodge
SELLARS FARM SITE
The Sellars Farm site is a fortified Mississippian Period Middle Cumberland (AD 1000-1450) mound center site located three miles southeast of the city of Lebanon in Wilson County, Tennessee. The site sits in a prominent bend of Spring Creek and consists of a large platform mound and village area surrounded by a roughly oval palisade embankment and ditch complex. This site is well known for the discovery of four Native American Mississippian period stone statues during the early 20th century. One of these statues (sometimes referred to as Sandy), is the official Tennessee State Artifact and has been featured in several academic and popular publications, including the cover of Time Magazine and also as a US postage stamp.
WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 10:30am Please arrive by 10:15.
DURATION: The walking tour is expected to take 1-1.5 hours.
WHERE: Sellars Farm State Archaeological Park in Lebanon, TN (approximately 30 minutes from Murfreesboro), 433 Poplar Hill Rd, Lebanon, TN 37090
DIRECTIONS: – two options:
— From Murfreesboro, take I-840 E to Lebanon. In approximately 25 miles, merge onto I-40 East. Take exit 239A onto US7 70 East/Sparta Pike for approximately 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Popular Hill Road. Look for the signs and the entrance will be on your left.
— From Murfreesboro, take US 231 North/Memorial Blvd to Lebanon. In approximately 22 miles, turn right onto Maddox-Simpson Parkway. Stay on Maddox-Simpson for approximately 2.5 miles, then turn right onto US-70 East/Sparta Pike. Proceed on US 70 E for approximately ½ mile. Turn left onto Poplar Hill Road. Look for the signs and the entrance will be on your left.
LUNCH: Following the tour, you are most welcome to an optional self-pay lunch available at Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, 1290 Sparta Pike, Lebanon, TN 37090, which is an approximately five-minute drive from the trail head. Directions to Jalisco Restaurant – from the trail head, turn right onto Popular Hill Road. At the intersection of Popular Hill Road and Sparta Pike, turn right to head back toward Lebanon. Proceed on Sparta Pike for approximately two miles. Jalisco will be on your left in a small strip mall. Note: Questions? Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-995-2979. In the event of inclement or threatening weather, all participants should check the RCAS website at
*Archaeology Day has been rescheduled! We will be indoors in a huge gymnasium so thunderstorms will no longer be a factor in our exciting free public event!
Archaeology Day will be Saturday, November 3, 1-4 pm a the Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Please scroll down past the flyer to read about this special FREE event.
The Rutherford County Archaeological Society (RCAS) is happy to announce our free and family-friendly “Archaeology Day” event to be held on Saturday, November 3, 23, 1 PM to 4 PM at the Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN.
We began Archaeology Day in 2015 and this year it is going to be better than ever! There will be tons of fun and learning for all ages with numerous archaeological displays, artifacts, and hands-on activities, crafts, and games!
Also new this year with their own displays and activities are participants from the TN Council for Professional Archaeology, our local Earth Experience-Natural History Museum, Stones River National Battlefield Park, Oaklands Mansion, MTSU Archaeology Department, Middle TN Anthropology Society (MTSU students), Archaeology Division of TDOT, the Rutherford County Historical Society, the Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting club, who collaborated with us on a battlefield salvage project, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, and the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) who will have displays and an activity about forensic anthropology and archaeology.