Archaeology In Nashville: On the Hunt for Ice Age Elephants

When: Tue., March 4 2014

This year we’re learning about some pivotal dramas in Tennessee history, thanks to the Civil War anniversary and the state museum’s groundbreaking exhibit on slavery. But most of us don’t think about another dramatic era in Tennessee — the time when giant mammals stalked the earth. One species of extinct megafauna, the mastodon, a cousin of elephants, roamed the plains when Nashville’s first human residents arrived 14,000 years ago. Aaron Deter-Wolf, prehistoric archaeologist with the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, will give a talk on the “natural history of mastodons, their role in American history and prehistory, and archaeological excavations at a mastodon butchering site in Williamson County that dates to approximately 12,100 B.C.” The program is part of the Gordon Jewish Community Center’s Mind & Zest Fest. Reservations required, $10 fee for non-members. Details at

Dana Kopp Franklin


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