30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology, Day 22

RCARP’s Public Outreach and Education Coordinator, Laura Bartel, focused on the public outreach mission of RCARP in today’s edition of the “30 Days of Tennessee Archaeology” blogfest. A great rendition of what we did this summer and our plans for the future. Be sure to see the information on our Open House this weekend at the end of the blog.

Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology

Dig and Dine: Introducing the Rutherford County Archaeological Research Program to the community

Laura Fyock Bartel, M.A.
Independent Archaeologist
Public Outreach and Education Coordinator, RCARP

Most professional archaeologists recognize the importance of public archaeology programs, and where feasible, try to incorporate some sort of public outreach and activity along with their projects. The Rutherford County Archaeological Research Program (RCARP), a new program based at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and directed by Dr. Tanya M. Peres, Associate Professor of Anthropology, focuses on prehistoric archaeology in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Previous posts for the “30 Days of Archaeology” have discussed RCARP and its Magnolia Valley project.

As Public Outreach and Education Coordinator for RCARP and an archaeologist myself, I have the exciting opportunity to assist Dr. Peres in engaging the public with the prehistory of Rutherford County. I would like to share how we have begun our public outreach program.

Tanya Peres and Jesse Tune describe the excavation process for visitors Tanya Peres…

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