With the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933, there arose an immediate concern for the thousands of prehistoric and historic Native American sites that would be inundated by reservoirs along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. The universities of Alabama and Tennessee entered into agreements with TVA to conduct archaeological investigations in the areas to be impacted. From 1934 to 1942, archaeologists from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, excavated over 1.5 million square feet on sites in nine reservoirs. The results of these massive investigations, along with subsequent work in later reservoirs, are housed at the Frank H. McClung Museum. The material forms one of the most important research collections in the eastern United States, and many of the objects rank among the finest examples of prehistoric Native American art. This exhibition traces the last 12,000-15,000 years of Native American occupation of Tennessee, using many of the artifacts from the collections, along with photographs, artists' renderings, and models. The exhibition is arranged chronologically by archaeological culture period: PaleoIndian (10,000+ to 8000 BC), Archaic (8000 to 1000 BC), Woodland (1000 BC to AD 900), Mississippian (AD 900 to 1600), and Historic (AD 1600 to 1839).

THE AMERICAN INDIAN IN TENNESSEE:  An Archaeological Perspective

He keeps Going and Going and Going ... The first sign of "Mischief" Click to see "S" with Polka-Hontas? (photo taken 11/30/97)  Then click on BACK button to return to this page, See - Kwoy - Aaahhhhhhhh!

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