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Nashville Zoo to host Public Program on Cemetery Discoveries


Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo invites the public to The Unknown 20: Findings from the Cemetery at Nashville Zoo on Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30pm.

During this free, hour-long program, two anthropologists who worked on the project will share what they discovered about the individuals located in the graves found on the Grassmere property and what their discoveries can tell us about the Zoo’s history.

The cemetery, discovered during an archaeological dig in 1989, remained untouched until 2014 when archaeologists carefully and professionally exhumed the remains from their location near the Zoo front entrance and relocated them to a new cemetery site at the Historic Farm.

Nashville Zoo Cemetery Findings.

Nashville Zoo Cemetery Findings.

Through physical analysis and DNA testing, several theories have emerged on who these individuals might have been. Dr. Shannon Hodge from Middle Tennessee State University and Dr. Tiffiny Tung from Vanderbilt University will present their findings and take questions from guests.

The Unknown 20 takes place Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30pm in the Zoo’s Croft Center. The event is free to the public, and does not include Zoo admission.

About the Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry.  Attracting more than 830,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top things to do in Nashville. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615.833.1534 or visit




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