Tennessee State Artifact


Mississippian statue known as Sandy

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).


In March of 2014, Tennessee designated the 700-year old Mississippian stone statue known as "Sandy" as the official state artifact. 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.



A Mississippian Indian culture town in Eastern Tennessee and some Dinosaur eggs!