Past Speakers

  Our monthly meetings feature a guest speaker and we are fortunate to have heard a variety of topics including  prehistoric and historical archaeology, cultural resource management, public archaeology, cemetery conservation, historic preservation, forensic anthropology, cultural anthropology, and travelogue  presentations.

 2015

January 2015 The Nashville Zoo Cemetery: Revealing the Unknown Through Bioarchaeology and DNA, Dr. Shannon Chappell Hodge, Associate Professor of Anthropology, MTSU         

February 2015 Prehistory Beneath Our Feet: Doing Archaeology in Rutherford County, Dr. Tanya M. Peres, Professor of Anthropology, MTSU

March 2015  From Murder to Mummies: Days in the Life of a Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Hugh Berryman, Director, Forensic Institute for Research and Education; Professor of Anthropology, MTSU

April  2015 TDOT Archaeological Investigations in Rutherford County, Phillip Hodge, M.A., Tennessee Department of Transportation, Archaeology Division

May  2015 Tracing the Footsteps of a Moroccan Ruling Dynasty Through Archaeology, Dr. Ron Messier, Professor Emeritus of History, MTSU

June  2015 The First Tennesseans: Humans and the Environment at the End of the Ice Age, Dr.  Jesse Tune, Visiting Professor, Fort Lewis College

July 2015 Landscape of Liberation: Archaeology and the African-American Geography of Civil War Tennessee, Zada Law, M.A., Director, Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology, Geospatial Research Center, Geosciences Department, Middle Tennessee State University

August 2015 (two meetings)

August 6, 2015 Archaeology in Transylvania: Excavations of an Early Iron Age Site at Magura Uroiului, Romania,  Ginny Lucas, M.A,   Ms. Lucas is a bioanthropologist and archaeologist with a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.. A former graduate of MTSU and member of its forensic anthropology team (MTSU FIRE/FASR), she is entering the University of Nevada, Las Vegas this fall to pursue her PhD in Anthropology.

August 20, 2015 Two Centuries of Hallowed Ground: The Archaeology and History of Murfreesboro’s Old City Cemetery, Dr.  Kevin E. Smith, Professor of Anthropology, MTSU.

September 2015 The Pickett Chapel Community Research Project: A Community Based research project on the history, archaeology, and memory of Pickett Chapel, an 1827 Methodist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, Philip Hodge, M.A., Tennessee Department of Transportation, Archaeology Division

October 2015 The Celts: A View From Ireland, Dr. Brad Bartel,  MTSU University Provost (Executive VP for Academic Affairs) and Professor of Anthropology.

November/December 2015 The MTSU Study Abroad Trip: Our Archaeological Adventures, Pat Thomas, Academic Affairs Special Events Coordinator, MTSU

2016

January 2016 Confessions of a Fieldwork Junkie,  Dr.  Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian; Professor of History and Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation

February 2016  Mythbusting The Maya: Fifty Centuries of Settlement and Subsistence in the Peten Rainforest, Dr. Andrew Wyatt, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, MTSU

March 2016  Stones River National Battlefield: Public Parks and Private Homes, Dr. Will Leggett, Associate Professor of Anthropology, MTSU and Elusive Narratives: Native Americans and Middle Tennessee History, Kelsey Lamkin, Anthropology undergraduate student, MTSU

April 2016  Historical Archaeology and Civic Engagement at Clover Bottom Plantation: Seeking Stories of Family and Community,  Dr. Kathyrn Sikes, Assistant Professor of Historical Archaeology, MTSU

July 2016 Cemetery Archaeology and Conservation in Tennessee, Dan Allen, M. A.  Dan Allen and Associates

August 2016 Archaeology For The Public: My Journey in Educational Archaeology from Jamestown to Yorkshire, Jared Bryson, M.A.  Discovery Center of Murfree Spring

September 24, 2016  Archaeology Day Special Event,Presented by the Rutherford County Archaeological Society

October 2016 Archaeological Survey of Tennessee’s Rosenwald Schools, Benjamin Nance, M.A.   Tennessee Division of Archaeology

November/December 2016 Doing Public Archaeology, Marsha Welch, M. A., Tennessee Department of Transportation, Archaeology Division

2017

February 2017 The Protection of Archaeological and Historic Resources: Cultural Resource Management and Tennessee Law, Jared Barrett, M.A., TRC Environmental, Nashville

March 2017 Bringing Back A Special Place: Murfreesboro’s Old City Cemetery Site, Laura Bartel, M.A., President, Rutherford County Archaeological Society, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Motlow College

April, May 2017   fieldwork projects

June 2017 Tattooing in Antiquity, Aaron Deter-Wolf, M.A.  Tennessee Division of Archaeology

July 2017 Interpreting Old Stone Fort (museum), Dr. Brenden Martin,  MTSU Professor of History and Director, Public History Program

August 2017   Stone Tool Production of the Common Folk: Studying the Maya of Tamarindito, Guatemala,  Phyllis Johnson, M.A.,  Vanderbilt University, PhD candidate

September 2017  The 2017 Excavations at Castalian Springs, Dr. Paul Eubanks,  Assistant Professor of Anthropology, MTSU

October  2017   Just What Does the Tennessee Division of Archaeology Do?            Sarah Levithol Eckhardt, M.A., Archaeologist, Tennessee Division of Archaeology

November/December 2017   The Bosely Cemetery Removal Project, Jared Barrett, M.A., Archaeologist TRC Corporation

2018

January 2018    Annual Meeting of  Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology, sponsored by the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology and Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.

February 2018  Stories From The Field: Our Fieldwork and Experiences in Brazil, Dr. Andrew Wyatt,  Associate Professor, MTSU and  Clelie Cottle Peacock, Kelly Daniel, and Christopher Lane, MTSU Anthropology students

March 2018   Skeletons, Isotopes, and the Body Farm: You Are What (and Where!) You Eat.  Dr. Tiffany Saul, Research Assistant Professor with the MTSU Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE). 

April 2018   At The Edge Of Archaeology: William  Gregory Wood-Martin and the  Development of Archaeology at the Turn Of The 20th Century, Lydia Harris, M.A.

June 2018   Field Trip/ Excavation at Castalian Springs, TN,   Paul Eubanks, MTSU

July  2018     New Interpretations of Paleolithic Cave Art in Europe, Dr. Brad Bartel, Professor of Anthropology, MTSU

August 2018  Interpreting Mesa Verde National Park: A House or a Home?, Mark McDonald Crawford III, NPS Interpretive Ranger