CRITA is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Division of Archaeology and Middle Tennessee State University. Archaeologists come from all over the state to give presentations on their research during the year. The meeting, held at the Ellington Agricultural Center, is open to the public and always well attended.
The Tennessee Governor's Archaeological Advisory Council annual meeting is held during CRITA. Native History Association President Pat Cummins serves on the Council as a Native representative.
The conference organizers invited the Native History Association to set up a display table at this years meeting.
We were very happy to see our friends Melba Checote-Eads and Sandra Ellis, both members of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, at the conference. Ms. Ellis also serves on the Archaeological Advisory Council as a Native representative.
Retired Tennessee state archaeologist Nick Fielder has taken up painting and drawing, and had a table at CRITA. His work is influenced by his years as an archaeologist and anthropologist, and features scenes from around Tennessee.
Archaeologist John Broster, a longtime Tennessee Division of Archaeology employee, is retiring soon. He received a career achievement award from the Tennessee Council on Professional Archaeology.
Click here to see a downloadable copy of the CRITA program, which contains short abstracts of each presentation that was give. Please be aware that some of these abstracts discuss human remains.