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Public invited to Knoxville archaeological dig

Published On: Jul 12 2013 03:21:56 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 04:56:05 PM CDT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

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.