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TENNESSEE

Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Week takes place in September. For more information, visit: http://capone.mtsu.edu/kesmith/TNARCH.

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park consists of at least 15 mounds, an earthen geometric enclosure, and habitation areas, altogether making up almost 1,200 acres of land. The museum, designed to replicate an Indian mound, has an archaeological library and an 80-seat theater. Visitors can learn more about the site and Native American cultures of the Southeast through many exciting activities. In addition, the park also holds special events, such as the annual Archaeofest in September, which celebrates Native American culture and archaeology. For more information, call (731) 988-5614 or visit their website at: http://tn.gov/environment/parks/PinsonMounds/.

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville offers a permanent exhibit called Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee. This large, state-of-the-art exhibit tells the important story of Tennessee’s Native American history, beginning 12,000 years ago and continuing to the present day. Interactive and audiovisual elements enliven the displays of many significant artifacts. There are also exhibits on Ancient Egypt, human origins, the fossil history of Tennessee and more. The museum also offers organized educational programs for schools and other groups. For more information, call (865) 974-2144 or visit: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/

Each October, C.H. Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archaeological Site hosts the Annual Native American Days. The event is a youth program designed to educate and entertain kindergarten through ninth-grade students through hands-on activities, storytelling, and demonstrations that celebrate Native American heritage. For more information, call (901) 785-3160, or visit: http://chucalissa.memphis.edu/.

Prehistoric Tennessee, a children's program at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area, introduces children to the prehistoric Native American cultures that flourished throughout the rivers and forests of Tennessee. Included will be Native American technologies such as the atlatl. There is no fee, but reservations are required. Call (615) 373-3467.

Dinosaur Walk Museum has life size sculptures of dinosaurs, from the two story high T-Rex to the 12 inch Microraptor. There are exhibits with giant sea lizards, flying reptiles and other prehistoric animals. There are movies for children and a dinosaur dig site for them to dig in. For more information: http://www.dinowalk.com/tn/.

Gray Fossil Museum located at the Gray Fossil site has many educational and outreach programs, a dig site, exhibits and more. Every year they also have a summer camp program. For more information: http://www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum/

The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, includes permanent exhibits of artifacts relating to the Jackson family and a small exhibit of artifacts from the excavation of slave residences. For more information, visit: www.thehermitage.com/.

The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville covers the history and culture of Tennessee and the nation from prehistoric Indians to the New South. One of the changing exhibitions, Discovering the Civil War, open until September 1st, 2013, showcases letters, diaries, and photos from the period. For more information, visit the website at: www.tnmuseum.org/.

At the Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum artifacts and stories cover more than 200 years of history from Tennessee's oldest town and county. For more information, visit: http://www.heritageall.org/.

At Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, kids can explore the newly redesigned and renovated Excavation Station. The exhibit focuses on entomology and geology in addition to paleontology. Children can grab a brush and dig for dinosaur bones, meet a paleontologist, and see a T-Rex skeleton! For more information, visit: http://www.cdmfun.org/.

The Pink Palace Museum, the Imax Theater, and the Sharpe Planetarium in Memphis are exciting stops for archaeology and palaeontology buffs in the South. Workshops on a variety of subjects are held throughout the year. For more information, call (901) 636-2362, or visit: www.memphismuseums.org.

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