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TVA seeks volunteers for archaeological site stewardship around Boone Lake

September 14th, 2015 9:00 am by J. H. Osborne

TVA seeks volunteers for archaeological site stewardship around Boone Lake

This file photo provided by TVA shows Boone Lake immediately upstream of Boone Dam with water levels far below normal due to work to repair the earthen section of the dam (the area under the rock to the right).

BLOUNTVILLE — TVA is looking for volunteers with a sincere interest in the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Tennessee Valley for TVA’s Thousand Eyes Archaeological Site Stewardship Program.

The volunteers will work with TVA archaeologists to monitor archaeological sites for vandalism and environmental damage.

An upcoming training workshop will focus on archaeological sites located around Boone Lake.

Online applications are available at , which also details the requirements applicants must meet to be chosen to participate.

A second application and background check will also be required, and applicants must be willing to drive to Knoxville for fingerprinting in order to complete the background check.

If chosen to participate, attendance is mandatory for a two-day training workshop Nov. 7-8 in the Johnson City or Gray area.

A $25 workshop fee must be paid. Proceeds will be donated to an archaeological preservation society in the state.

Participants must sign a confidentially agreement confirming commitment to protect archaeological sites and information related to sensitive resources on TVA land.

Participants must be over the age of 18 (children between the ages 14-18 can participate if accompanied by an adult who also attends the training workshop).

Participants must be able to walk long distances to access sites.

Following completion of training, participants’ responsibilities and duties include: monitoring the site according to the agreed upon schedule (flexible to your schedule); coordinating activities with other site stewards sharing responsibilities for assigned site; and collecting data and information on site conditions including photographs and filling out monitoring forms after each visit.

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