December 11, Sunday,1:00pm at Oaklands Mansion
James Pegler guest speaker on Indigenous use of rock-shelter caves on the Upper Cumberland Plateau
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
APRIL MEETING IS ONLINE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022, 6:00pm CDT
RCAS APRIL MEETING: Online Presentation by Kevin E. Smith
In lieu of an in-person meeting this month, we are happy to announce a live online presentation sponsored by the Tennessee Division of Archaeology. The TDOA has created a new virtual lecture series for 2022(Third Thursdays, April-October).
The inaugural presentation is on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00pm CDT.
Archaeologist Dr. Kevin E. Smith(MTSU) will present “Exploring Native American Foodways in Ancient Tennessee: More Than Just Corn, Beans, Squash.“
The presentation is free utilizing Zoom and you may sign up at https://bit.ly/CRITA-April21
After signing up, you will be contacted by the TDOA with links on how to access the presentation. Please direct any questions to State Archaeologist Phil Hodge at Phil.Hodge@tn.gov
Abstract of Presentation, by Dr. Kevin E. Smith
Explorers of Tennessee’s Cumberland River valley in the 1700s reported forests of American bamboo miles in diameter and so dense only children could squeeze through them. Archaeologists have usually assumed that this now critically endangered ecosystem developed in the 1600s after indigenous people abandoned the area. For ancient Nashville between about AD 1200 and 1500, I will examine some exciting new research about the antiquity of these Cumberland Valley bamboo forests – and how they intersect with the history, culture, traditions – and food – of indigenous people. Along the way, I will also explore the relationship of beaver ponds and maize fields, tame deer herds, and a continent-wide trade network of useful plants beyond maize, beans, and squash.
RCAS note: We hope you join us for this special presentation of some of the early Native American lifeways in Tennessee and the environment in which the people lived and interacted.
March Meeting featuring Macie Orrand, Collections Manager for the Tennessee Division of Archaeology
The Rutherford County Archaeological Society is excited to host a special presentation for our upcoming meeting, Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 pm at the Oaklands Mansion event room. Doors open at 12:30. Our meetings are free and open to the public, and we hope you are able to join us.
Our special guest speaker is Macie Orrand, M.A., Collections Manager for the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, who will be presenting “Guardians of Antiquity: The Care and Management of Archaeological Collections. Macie is an MTSU alumna with a B. S. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University along with Museum Anthropology certification.
In her own words: My presentation will highlight the importance of collections care and the responsibility and roles of collection managers and archaeologists to ensure that archaeological collections are available for generations to come. Curation is often an afterthought but is arguably the most valuable process within the field! I will discuss collections care and all that goes in to it, including logistics and planning of everyday tasks like policy writing, processing and procedures, repository maintenance, and emergency management planning. I will also discuss my development of the TN Collections Management Community of Practice (COP) group and how I hope to expand communication among collection managers across the state. Finally, I will provide insight into the knowledge I’ve gained over the past months working with other curators from institutions and agencies all over the southeast and what I envision for the future of archaeological collections care work.
February Meeting! Saturday, Feb. 19, 1:00PM Oaklands Mansion
Doors open at 12:30PM