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Division of Archaeology

Responsibilities of the Division

  • Work with other state agencies in the protection and management of archaeological sites on state lands
  • Survey the state to identify and record archaeological sites
  • Excavate, protect and preserve prehistoric and historic sites
  • Conduct research and encourage public cooperation and responsibility for site preservation
  • Publish archaeological findings in scientific and popular formats

Shell midden, Clee’s Ferry site, Nashville, TN
Shell midden, Clee's Ferry site, Nashville, TN

The Asset Management section is responsible for the protection of archaeological sites and artifacts on all lands owned or controlled by the state. This section maintains accurate records on all known archaeological sites in the state, conducts research and publishes reports on archeological subjects.

The Technical Assistance section coordinates with all state agencies to ensure activities do not destroy significant sites. This section provides technical assistance and conducts archaeological surveys for other state agencies.

The division reviews all federal projects to determine the impact on archaeological resources. It also provides expertise to the State Historic Preservation Office and prepares nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Assistance is offered to pub lic and private entities on legal and technical aspects of prehistoric Indian cemetery relocation and related concerns.