Tennessee Archaeology Network
The Central Information Source
CRITA 2016 is scheduled for January 22-23, 2016 at the Ed Jones Auditorium. The preliminary program is now available.
Meeting Programs -- 1989-1993 -- no abstracts were required during these years.
Annual Meeting on Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology
Since 1989, the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council and Tennessee Division of Archaeology have sponsored an annual conference to promote the distribution of information about archaeological research in the state over the past year.
The meeting is currently held annually in late January.
Plans to establish the meeting were initiated in 1988 with the idea of promoting "communications among the archaeologists working in the state" (Jefferson Chapman, Chair of Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council, Letter to Colleagues, November 7, 1988). The first meeting was held on January 14, 1989 in Garland Hall at Vanderbilt University.
Since that first meeting, the program has seen considerable growth. As evidenced below, the program has grown from about a dozen presentations to a consistent two dozen over the past many years. While the first meetings were very informal, since 1994, the organizers have printed abstracts for the programs. In response to changing patterns of scholarship, we also incorporated requests for display of posters beginning in 2010. To formalize the documentation of that expansion of the CRITA program, in 2013 we instituted a requirement that titles and abstracts for posters be submitted and approved in the same fashion as oral presentations.
The program is also intended to provide a showcase for the interested public to discover what has been "happening" in Tennessee Archaeology over the past year.
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