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Tennessee State Artifact

The Mississippian statue known as Sandy; photo by Dr. David Dye, University of Memphis (all rights reserved; used by permission of Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology).

Official State Artifact of Tennessee

Tennessee designated the 700-year old Mississippian stone statue known as "Sandy" as the official state artifact in March of 2014. All Cultural Heritage Symbols

Made from siltstone, Sandy was carved by a Native American artist between 1250 and 1350 AD (approximately). Discovered in 1939, Sandy is 18.5 inches tall and depicts a kneeling man. Today, Sandy is displayed in the permanent exhibit "Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee" at McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.