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State Museum Presents Prehistoric Indian Lecture: "Visions of Ancient Nashville"


The Tennessee State Museum will hold two programs about prehistoric Indians who lived in the Middle Tennessee area on Saturday, September 13, as part of Archaeology Awareness Month in the state. The programs, which are free to the public, will include a lecture on Mississippian Indians in Middle Tennessee and a tour of the Museum’s First Tennesseans exhibit. The programs will begin at 2 p.m.

Kevin Smith, a professor of anthropology at MTSU, will first give a presentation entitled, “Visions of Ancient Nashville: Changing Woman and the Hero Twins of A.D. 1250.” He will discuss recent breakthroughs in the study of Mississippian art and symbolism that have begun to reveal the central characters of the mythology of these ancient people, some of whom lived in the Middle Tennessee area.

By 1250, according to Smith, Nashville was home to “one of the most spectacular native civilizations of the Americas.” Thousands of native people who lived in the towns and villages of prehistoric Middle Tennessee participated in development of the art and religion of the Mississippian culture - a culture that linked the Midwest and Southeast from Illinois to Florida and Arkansas to North Carolina. “As part of that cultural renaissance, these ancient Nashvillians created some of the most impressive art of the western hemisphere - reflecting their unique vision of the cosmos and the supernatural beings that inhabited it,” Smith said.

The Tennessee State Museum houses an extraordinary collection of these Mississippian objects in its First Tennesseans exhibit. Dr. Smith’s lecture will emphasis the importance of these collections as not only objects in glass cases but also as objects of new archaeological research about the ancient people of Middle Tennessee.

Following Dr. Smith's lecture, museum curator Dr. Rex Weeks will lead a tour of that exhibit.

September is Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month (TAAM), and the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology (TCPA) is promoting events at institutions and sites throughout the state. There is a calendar of confirmed events at this link.

 

 

 





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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120

FREE ADMISSION

Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 





tn4me

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120

FREE ADMISSION

Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org