NBF State Park will host an Aboriginal Artifacts Identification Forum this Saturday, July 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to come and bring any and all aboriginal artifacts they may have like flint, stone, pottery, arrowheads and shell. You can learn about the material culture of Tennessee aboriginals and also learn to identify, preserve, record and document your findings.
“There is much to be learned about the history of the Eva Archaic Site at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. This is one of the most important and unique stories of the early inhabitants of the park,” John Johnsonius said.
In addition to ranger-led programs, you will be able to hear from author and expert Maury Miller. Since the 1970’s, Miller has given archaeological presentations and installed archaeological displays at public libraries and Tennessee State Parks to bring American Indian awareness to individuals of all ages in order to give glimpses into the material remnants of past cultures as lived in the local environs. He has been interested in archeology since grade school, and has several years of experience with southeastern archeology. Miller will be present for an informal round table style discussion at the Tennessee River Folklife Center and Museum. He will also be available to autograph his book, Remnants of America’s Southeast Aboriginals – Paleo to Mississippian. The book is available for purchase at the park.
The Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum is located at 1825 Pilot Knob Rd., Eva. For more information on this event call NBFSP officials at 731-593-6445 or email [email protected] To see all upcoming activities visit tnstateparks.com and then navigate to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and “Upcoming Events” or look for them on Facebook for more information.