TDEC Hosts Virtual Discussion Of Submerged Sites In Archaeology Lecture Series

Friday, July 1, 2022
Dr. Morgan Smith of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga will give a virtual lecture on submerged archaeological sites in Tennessee on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. (CDT).
 
The lecture is part of a monthly series of speakers including researchers, resource management professionals and archaeology students to highlight archaeological research in Tennessee. The series is hosted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Archaeology.
 
Dr.
Smith’s talk is titled “Exploring Tennessee’s Submerged Cultural Landscapes and Resources.” Online registration is available at this link.
 
“When we think about underwater archaeology, we perhaps imagine the faraway ocean wreckage of Spanish galleons, lost Mediterranean cities or more recently the Antarctic discovery of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance,” said State Archaeologist Phil Hodge. “However, researchers like Dr. Smith are documenting submerged archaeological sites in inland lakes and rivers and are demonstrating the power of such sites to present a more complete picture of the past.” 
 
Officials said, "The Tennessee River is full of inundated archaeological sites which have seen little if any formal monitoring or survey since their inundation over half a century ago. Recently, UTC's anthropology program has begun assessing critical historic and prehistoric sites in the vicinity of Chattanooga. These include the Civil War shipwreck Chattanooga and the Paleoindian LeCroy site (40HA43). This conversation will highlight the process and significance of submerged sites research, the importance of the underwater archaeological record of Tennessee, the state of UTC's research on the aforementioned sites, and future plans for research on these resources."
 
The online lectures, presented on the third Thursday of each month, are free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Details for the series can be found at this link, and links to each meeting will be provided there as each presentation approaches.
 
Each year since 1989, the Division of Archaeology has co-sponsored the Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) meeting to promote the state’s archaeological heritage and share information about research in the state. After canceling the 2022 meeting, the division pursued ways to share happenings in Tennessee archaeology with the public and professional community and build momentum toward the anticipated return of CRITA in 2023. The virtual series is a result of those efforts.
 
Anyone who has questions about the series are invited to contact Mr. Hodge by email at Phil.Hodge@tn.gov.

Beginner Genealogy Workshop Offered On July 30

Remembering The Day Chattanooga Honored Sgt. David Wyatt

Memories Of The Town And Country Restaurant


A Beginner Genealogy Workshop will be offered at the Bachman Community Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. The workshop is free and is sponsored by Signal Mountain Genealogical and ... (click for more)

One of the greatest honors of my funeral career was serving as the funeral director for Staff Sgt. David Allen Wyatt. It was seven years ago that he, along with three other Marines and one Navy ... (click for more)

During my 25 years of hosting a talk show on WDOD, we discussed thousands of topics. I always enjoyed hearing from listeners on what was happening on both the local and national level but the ... (click for more)



Memories

Beginner Genealogy Workshop Offered On July 30

A Beginner Genealogy Workshop will be offered at the Bachman Community Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. The workshop is free and is sponsored by Signal Mountain Genealogical and Historical Society. The center is at 2815 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain. (click for more)

Remembering The Day Chattanooga Honored Sgt. David Wyatt

One of the greatest honors of my funeral career was serving as the funeral director for Staff Sgt. David Allen Wyatt. It was seven years ago that he, along with three other Marines and one Navy Sailor, gave their lives for our great country. As I think back to the events of that day and the week that would follow leading up to the funeral, I simply cannot express the emotions I ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Heavy Rain Closes Many Chattanooga Streets; Some Vehicles Were Entrapped On Moore Road; Surrounding Areas Get Up To 4 Inches

Heavy rain through the Chattanooga area on Wednesday caused a number of flooding problems. Rhea County was also under a flash flood warning after a line of heavy thunderstorms came through the county dumping rain. Brad Harrison, Emergency Management director for Rhea County, said he and his staff were continuously checking problem prone creeks in the area to make sure of any ... (click for more)

City Council Gives Final Approval For Stadium Deal; Council Adds Provisions For "Transparency" On $80 Million Project

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the $80 million Southside Stadium project. The action puts in motion the ability for a new city/county Sports Authority to convene and issue $80 million in bonds for the "community" facility on nine acres at the U.S. Pipe/Wheland Foundry site. Councilman Chip Henderson added several provisions that he said would add "transparency" ... (click for more)

Opinion

Rest In Peace, Larry Wallace

Athens and Tennessee lost a great friend and a long-time public servant when Larry Wallace passed away Saturday afternoon. The 1962 McMinn County High School graduate started his lifetime law enforcement career with the Athens Police Department in 1964. He joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1967 and was appointed as a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Alabama Picked No. 1 In Coaches’ Poll

When Alabama football coach Nick Saban described last year’s season as a “rebuilding effort,” it triggered a lot of good-natured laughter throughout college sports. After all, the Crimson Tide just won 13 games and the SEC championship game before losing the national title game to Georgia. As if to underscore such greatness, this year’s Alabama team has just been chosen by the AFCA ... (click for more)