In This Issue: June Volunteer Day, Brand New Exhibit and Expanded Family Days Summer Programming
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

June 2014

Volume 8, Number 6

June Volunteer Day

Saturday, June 21, 9am to 1pm

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa happily announces its sixth Volunteer Day of the year scheduled for this Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9 am to 1pm. Please drop by any time to sort artifacts indoors or help landscape our new butterfly garden while enjoying this gorgeous, warm weather! 

If you have specific volunteer interests, we are very interested in working with you on an individual basis. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Maish, and she will be glad to discuss long term and/or individualized projects with you at or (901) 785-3160 extension 12.

Please also keep the following Volunteer Days dates in mind for the balance of the year (Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm): July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 13. 

Please drop by for the entire morning or just an hour. No experience or sign up is necessary. Children are most welcome with adult supervision. 

We hope to see you on Saturday!


Brand New Exhibit on Display at Chucalissa

"From the Field to the Museum: What We Can learn from Artifacts Collected in Plowed Fields"

Our newest Graduate Assistant, Nur Abdalla, in the process of installing the exhibit earlier this Spring with our Lead Maintenance Supervisor, John Chando.
Please visit our new exhibit that explores what archaeologists can learn about prehistoric sites - all by examining artifacts on the ground surface with no excavating!

The exhibit is based on artifacts collected from the surface of an archaeological site on the farm of Fred Jobe in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Artifacts were curated at the C.H. Nash Museum in 1981 but have not ever been on display. Today, we use artifacts like these to better explain to the public how archaeologists interpret the prehistory of the region.

These types of collections are also useful as part of student projects at the University of Memphis. Our new Graduate Assistant, Nur Abdalla, created this exhibit as her final project in the Applied Archaeology and Museums class she took this past Spring semester. She classified and researched nearly 5000 artifacts recovered from the ground surface of the plowed fields of the Jobe Farm. From these materials, Nur was able to determine that Native Americans occupied the site for at least 2000 years. They used the location for everyday activities such as making tools and cooking foods as well as cultivating crops (as demonstrated by the presence of stone hoes). All of this information was obtained simply by examining artifacts collected on the ground surface! 

This exhibit will remain at the C.H. Nash Museum for the next six months and will then be transferred to the Lincoln County Museum in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Creating the exhibit at Chucalissa and transferring to Lincoln County Museum is yet another way that students at the University of Memphis are able to be of service to the public who support our institution.

Stop by and see what a typical assemblage of stone tools can tell us about a prehistoric site!

The finished exhibit! 

Expanded Family Days Programming This Summer

Drop by Chucalissa any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 10am or 1pm!

We are happy to share the news that we have expanded our Family Days programming from one to THREE days a week during the Summer season!

For the price of regular admission, your family can enjoy a guided tour through the Museum that includes a program, craft activity, spear throwing using atlatls PLUS a guided tour of our hands-on archaeology lab, main exhibit hall and outdoor mound complex! 

We change the program and craft activity on a weekly basis so that your family can experience new activities and learn a variety of things about the Native Americans who lived here! Please see our program and craft activity summer schedule below.
June 14,17,19: Trash Talks & Simple Beading
June 21, 24, 26: Native American Music & Pottery
June 28, July 1, July 3: Sports and Hunting Program & Snake Painting
July 5,8,10: Trash Talks and Simple Beading
July 12,15,17: Native American Music & Pottery
July 19, 22, 24: Sports and Hunting Program & Snake Painting
July 26, 29, 31: Mystery Box & Talking Stick
August 2, 5, 7: What is Archaeology? & Braided Beading
August 9, 12, 14: Trash Talks & Simple Beading
August 16, 19, 21: Native American Music & Pottery
August 23: Sports and Hunting Program & Snake Painting
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