April Meeting: Due to Coronavirus Covid-19  health safety measures, there will be no April Meeting.

Future Meetings: We will resume our meetings when it is once again safe to do so.  


February Meeting!

Have you ever been in a cave with windows and a fireplace? Black Cat Cave is a Murfreesboro legend with a hidden past – it served as a sacred burial ground for Native Americans more than 5000 years ago, and as a clandestine speakeasy for revelers in the early 20th century. Archaeological research by MTSU and Tennessee State archaeologists reveals the hidden past of this local legend with surprising results. — Dr. Hodge
2020 marks the fifth anniversary of our first meeting! We are happy to be bringing back our very first speaker from 2015, Dr. Shannon Chappell Hodge! A bioarchaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at MTSU, she has directed and been continuously active in many local and South American projects, including being a project director for excavation and research at Black Cat Cave. Please join us for what will be an enlightening experience about this important archaeological and historical site that spans thousands of years. Our meetings are open to the public, free, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 22, noon at the Heritage Center, 225 W. College St, Murfreesboro. Refreshments will be served!
The past is present in Rutherford County!

January 18 Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology

Annual Meeting

All are welcome to come and hear  presentations about Tennessee archaeology at the annual Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology meeting at MTSU.


Please join us! Our free public meetings are  held at noon on the 4th Saturday of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and early December at the MTSU Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. The Heritage Center is downtown, behind Marina’s restaurant, right off of the town square.  For more information please call, 615-995-2979.



It’s holiday social time! This year we will be gathering at the Dog Haus Biergarten restaurant, 521 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro for an evening of good food, good drinks, good friends, and great archaeology talk! Come on down and hang out with us anytime between 5-7pm on Saturday, December 14 and we’ll toast the holiday season. It is pay your own way with a lot of drink, snack, and meal options. We hope to see you there–members, friends, social media peeps, and the curious are all invited!



SATURDAY, OCTOBER  26, 2019, NOON, HERITAGE CENTER, 225 W. College St, Murfreesboro, TN.

You are cordially invited to attend our October meeting on Saturday., October 26, noon, at the Heritage Center, 225 W. College St, downtown Murfreesboro. Our guest speaker is Tennessee State Archaeologist and Director, Tennessee Division of Archaeology, Michael C. Moore, who will be presenting “Archaeological Expeditions of the Peabody Museum in Middle Tennessee, 1877-1884.”
The Peabody Museum at Harvard University sponsored archaeological explorations across Middle Tennessee between 1877 and 1884. Extensive field records and artifact collections from 38 site investigations were brought to light during three research trips to the Peabody Museum and Harvard University Archives between 1998 and 2002. This presentation will review the records and artifacts from these expeditions, as well as how this new information served to revise our understanding of late prehistoric settlement (dating AD 1000-1475) in the Middle Cumberland Region.
You do not want to miss this presentation!


 You are welcome to bring drinks and your lunch. We look forward to seeing you!

Note: Check out our list of past speakers– click on “Meetings” in the menu  above and  then click on the subcategory “Past Speakers.” 




















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