Ancient statue to be named official state artifact

Ancient statue on display at McClung Museum to be named official state artifact

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A Wilson County farmer found "Sandy" in 1939. A Wilson County farmer found "Sandy" in 1939.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An ancient statue named "Sandy" is one step closer to being named the official artifact of Tennessee.

The 700-year-old figure is currently on display at the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee.

The statue depicts a kneeling man and was created between 1250 and 1350 AD.

A Wilson County farmer found "Sandy" in 1939.

The bill to name the statue the official state artifact has passed the House and Senate. All the measure needs is Governor Bill Haslam's signature.

The McClung Museum director said "Sandy" and his mate are an important part of Tennessee's history.

"These are part of a larger exhibition on archaeology and the native peoples of Tennessee. They tell the exceptional story of over 15,000 years of Native American occupation in here in the state," said Jeff Chapman.

The museum is located on Circle Drive on UT's campus. It's open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

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