Public invited to Knoxville archaeological dig
The Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting the public to visit an unusual archaeological dig in the middle of downtown Knoxville.
According to TVA, workers preparing to build a parking garage near the city's Market Square business district recently uncovered the remains of the home of Peter Kern, a wealthy confectioner and Knoxville mayor who served more than a century ago. They also uncovered the remains of a mid-1800s building and an early 1900s apartment house.
A deeper dig over the past month has unearthed old bottles, pieces of pottery and the shards of a sundial.
On Saturday, the public is invited to an open house at the site near the corner of Summer Place and Locust Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Archaeologists will be available to answer questions.
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