First Tennesseans

A mastodon from Paleolithic periodPrehistoric Indian cultures existed in Tennessee through four evolving periods, beginning about 15,000 years ago, peaking between 800 and 1650 A.D. with the Mississippian people, and ending with the ascendancy of such modern tribes as the Cherokee and Chickasaw.

Artifacts from the Paleolithic, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods are on exhibit. The museum even has a display of bones from a mastodon that roamed Tennessee 10,000 years ago.

Other artifacts of note include:

  • Thruston and Hutcherson pictographs, two of the most important discoveries of late prehistoric politico-religious art found in Tennessee

Return to Permanent Exhibits

THE STATE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED 
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

The Tennessee Military Branch Museum is open for visitors.
Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
301 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243
FREE ADMISSION
 

 

 

 

 
 
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THE STATE MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED 
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

The Tennessee Military Branch Museum is open for visitors.
Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
301 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243
FREE ADMISSION
 

 

 

 

 
 
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