Archaeology Programs at Tennessee State Parks

September 16, 2022  |  Permalink

September is Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month! Tennessee State Parks offers archaeology events year-round that encourage all citizens to learn more about prehistoric and historic archaeology in Tennessee. Take a look below at some of the event coming up soon:


40th Annual ArcheoFest

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park

September 17: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM — September 18: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM • FREE

Meet at: Pinson Mounds Visitor Center • Map and Directions

This is the 40th year of the Pinson Mounds ArcheoFest. Activities include guided hikes, archaeology talks, storytelling, birds of prey programs, hayrides, museum and educational exhibits, and a variety of demonstrations.

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Mound Bottom: 148 Years Of Archaeological Investigations

Harpeth River State Park

September 24 • 8:30am - 11:00am • Price $5

Meet at: Parking lot at 1007 Cedar Hill Rd. Kingston Springs TN, 37082 (Corner of Hwy 70 and Cedar Hill Rd.) • Map and Directions

Join park guide and local historian Kevin Markuson on a guided hike to Mound Bottom.  We will discuss an archaeological history of the site and how these archaeological investigations have contributed to our current knowledge of the site and the people who constructed it. Please be prepared for a 1.5-mile hike to the site on a woodland trail.


Link Farm State Archeological Area Walking Tour

Johnsonville State Historic Park

October 2 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm • $0 / Youth 6-17 Years of Age • $5 / Person 18 & up

Meet at: Johnsonville State Historic Park Visitor Center • Map and Directions

By approximately A.D. 1150 a large prehistoric mound and village center was constructed at the confluence of the Duck and Buffalo Rivers in Humphreys County by Native Americans that archaeologist refer to as the Mississippian culture.  The site, known as the Link Farm, consists of four large mounds surrounding a central plaza and an occupation area at the top of a steep bluff overlooking the Duck River Valley.  This ancient settlement, prominent throughout eastern North America as a center of prehistoric trade, declined and disappeared by A.D. 1400.

In 1894 a tenant farmer working a garden plot at the site uncovered what has come to be known as the Duck River Cache, one of the most impressive caches of prehistoric ceremonial items ever discovered in the southeastern United States.  The Cache included a male and female pair of stone statues that likely represent mythical founding ancestors along with nearly four dozen ceremonial knives, daggers, swords, maces, and other striking examples of prehistoric art. 

Join State Park Rangers for this guided tour of this fascinating and scenic Mississipian mound site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Please meet at the Johnsonville State Historic Park Visitor Center at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour. Travel for group participants will will be by personal vehicle to the Link Farm site which is a 20 minute drive from the Johnsonville State Historic Park Visitor Center. 

We will be walking over level to moderate terrain for a distance of approximately one mile.  Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a small pack with snacks, water, etc.  There are no restrooms at the Link Farm site. Please do not bring pets.  The tour will be cancelled in the event of severe weather and refunds will be provided. 


Knap-In and Archaeo-skills Event

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

October 7 – October 9 • 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM • FREE

Meet at: On Top of the Old Stone Fort State Park Museum • Map and Directions

We hope you are ready to join us for the Archaeoskills and Knap-In Festival this coming October! This event will take place the first weekend of the month from October 7th-9th.

This is our most unique event of the year, featuring a variety of primitive skill demonstrators and knappers, set in an ancient hilltop enclosure surrounded by waterfalls. We will have an atlatl range, with ISACs Friday and Saturday and an open throw on Saturday only.  RV and tent campsites are available in the park campground and primitive camping is offered to knappers, vendors, and demonstrators in the maintenance field. We will have at least one food vendor, and many other vendors of rock, crafts, and knapped items. Hope to see you there!

Please contact Park Ranger Eric Collins at or calll at 931-247-4673 for more information. If you would like to be a vendor or demonstrator please let us know.


International Archaeology Day at Chucalissa

C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa

October 15 • 10 AM - 3 PM • FREE

Meet at: C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa • Map and Directions

Archaeology Day will be held at the C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa featuring free admission, hotdogs and popcorn while supplies last, and programming. T.O. Fuller State Park rangers will conduct a Birds of Prey program at 10:30 a.m. There will also be Trench Tours, Pottery, a Guided Hike, Flintmaking, Musical Storytime, contests, and more.

Third Thursdays Free Online Archaeology Programs


October 20 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM • FREE

Meet at: The link to attend this free online program will be emailed to all who have registered.

The Tennessee Division of Archaeology is pleased to present free programs on recent archaeological research in Tennessee, on the third Thursday of each month from April - November 2022. On October 20, tune in for programs by Camille Westmont (Sewanee: The University of the South), titled “Hell Holes of Rage, Cruelty, Despair, and Vice”: Archaeological Findings from the Lone Rock Convict Labor Stockade (40GY78), Grundy County, Tennessee."

For information on registering for this free online event and for the entire program of Third Thursday events, please click here.


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