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Archaeology

The Tennessee Division of Archaeology (TDOA) is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Tennessee's historic and prehistoric archaeological resources. The Division’s responsibilities include 1) maintaining the official State archaeological Site File and site information archive; 2) working with other State agencies to protect and manage archaeological sites on State lands; 3) surveying the state to identify and record archaeological sites; 4) archaeological site protection and preservation; and 5) archaeological research with the results published in professional and popular formats.

The Division of Archaeology maintains records of all known archaeological sites in the state (over 26,000 at last count).  The archaeological Site File continues to grow as new sites are recorded and site information is updated.  Archaeological investigations carried out on State lands require a permit issued by the TDOA.  The Division’s Federal Programs Archaeologist works with the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to review federally funded, licensed, or permitted projects in the state and assess their potential to affect archaeological sites.

The TDOA provides general archaeological assistance to state and local agencies, law enforcement, municipalities, the development community, universities and colleges, and the general public.  Many of the archaeological reports published by the TDOA are available in PDF format and can be downloaded for free through the Archaeological Publications Tab below.  Additional information regarding TDOA services and information about archaeology in Tennessee can be accessed through the other tabs on this page.


About the Division

General history and information about the TN Division of Archaeology. Includes contact information and office directions. 

Services and Resources

A brief overview of the service the TDOA offers and additional resources available for those seeking information. 

State Archaeological Permit

Anyone wishing to conduct archaeological work on state-owned or state-managed lands will need a permit from the Division of Archaeology.

State Archaeological Parks & Areas

This page lists all of the State Archaeological Parks and Areas with information about each of them. 

Archaeology Publications

This page contains links to the Tennessee Division of Archaeology Publications and to the Tennessee Archaeology e-Journal. 

Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council

This page contains information about the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council including its current members and upcoming meeting details.  

Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA)

The Tennessee Division of Archaeology co-sponsors the annual Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) event with Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council to promote the distribution of information about archaeological research in the state over the past year.

Tennessee Archaeology Societies and Organizations

A listing of archaeology organizations currently active in the state of Tennessee. Includes relevant information about each organization and information on how to join.  

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