Mastodons, real ‘Ice Age’ at library Monday


Mastodons, real ‘Ice Age’ at library Monday

Franklin Home Page news reports While the new animated movie Ice Age: Continental Drift is a nice summer flick, anyone interested in real mastodons and archaeology should head to the Brentwood Library on Monday for a free presentation  on the state’s oldest archeological site — and one of the our continent’s oldest too. And it’s right here in Williamson County.

While the new animated movie Ice Age: Continental Drift is a nice summer flick, anyone interested in real mastodons and archaeology should head to the Brentwood Library on Monday for a free presentation  on the state’s oldest archeological site — and one of the our continent’s oldest too. And it’s right here in Williamson County.

The Brentwood Historic Commission is presenting “Mastodons, Stone Tools and Surviving the Ice Age in Middle Tennessee: Archaeological Research of the Coats-Hines Site” at the Brentwood Library. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

The site is east of I-65 near the Crockett Springs subdivision and Nashville Golf and Athletic Club.

Recent archaeological and genetic evidence indicate that a founding population of people reached North America approximately 16,000 years ago. Following their initial entry into the continent, those people quickly dispersed across the continent. The Coats-Hines site suggests that people arrived in Middle Tennessee at least 14,000 years ago.

Previous research at the site has identified at least three mastodons and numerous stone artifacts. Associations between mastodons and stone artifacts are particularly rare, thus making Tennessee a unique area in the study of Ice Age archaeology.

Murfreesboro native Jesse Tune, a PhD student at Texas A&M University where he studies Paleoindian Archeology, will lead the program.

The Brentwood Historic Commission is dedicated to the preservation of Brentwood’s historic sites and heritage.

Registration is requested by calling the library at 615-371-0090, ext. 8510, or by clicking here.

The library is located at 8109 Concord Road.

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