Rutherford County Archaeological Society

About the Society:

The Rutherford County Archaeological Society (RCAS) is a registered non-profit association based in Murfreesboro,Tennessee welcomes you to share and experience the archaeology of the county and beyond.  We are a diverse group composed of community members of varying ages and backgrounds, including local professional archaeologists. We recognize the significance of the past and enjoy the exciting and informative story archaeology provides–the  story of us. RCAS also serves to foster a deeper understanding of the need to preserve and protect archaeological resources and the cultural heritage that unites us all.

Our free meetings are  on the 4th Saturday of the month at noon, unless holidays or other circumstances necessitate changes. We meet at the  Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130.   Meetings feature our professional speaker series in which myriad topics are covered, including archaeology, anthropology, history, Native American culture, and related subjects.  We also welcome  members of the general public who would like to share their encounters with archaeology, history, and other cultures through travel, volunteerism, or study.

Activities and events such as archaeological site visitations, field trips, archaeological volunteer opportunities, informal get-togethers, classes, and community days are also a part of RCAS.

For more information about RCAS and our events please visit our Facebook page and our website . For other questions and inquiries, please contact Laura Bartel by phone: 615-995-2927 or email.

Board and Officers:


  • Founder and President: Laura Fyock Bartel, M.A.
  • Vice-Presidents:  Georgia Dennis, Matthew Whitten
  • Secretary: Sara Northcutt
  • Treasurer: Pat Thomas                                      

Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Carroll Van West
  • Dr. Kevin Smith
  • Dr. Shannon Chappell Hodge
  • Dr. Tanya M. Peres Lemons
  • Pat Cummins (Native American advisor)
  • Jared Barrett
  • Michelle Willard
  • Dan Allen (Cemetery archaeology advisor)
  • Leigh Ann Gardner
  • Jared Bryson
  • Philip Hodge