Prehistoric Indians of the Southeast: Archaeology of Alabama by John A. Walthall

By John A. Walthall

This publication offers with the prehistory of the quarter encompassed by way of the current country of Alabama and spans a interval of a few 11,000 years—from 9000 B.C. and the earliest documented visual appeal of humans within the zone to A.D. 1750, while the early eu settlements have been good tested. in basic terms in the final 5 many years have continues to be of those prehistoric peoples been scientifically investigated. This quantity is the manufactured from in depth archaeological investigations in Alabama via ratings of novice researchers. It represents no finish product yet particularly is an preliminary step in our ongoing research of Alabama's prehistoric prior. the level of present business improvement and road development inside Alabama and the damming of progressively more rivers and streams underscore the need that an unheard of attempt be made to maintain the lines of prehistoric people which are destroyed on a daily basis through our personal development.  

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Thomas M. N. Lewis and DeJarnette were selected to direct the field operations in Tennessee and Alabama respectively. Utilizing depression-era Civil Works Administration and, later, Works Progress Administration labor, excavations were begun in December 1933 in the area of northern Alabama to be inundated by the construction of Wheeler Dam. During this project nineteen sites were excavated. Among these was a large shell mound designated Lu°86, which produced the first documented evidence of prepottery Archaic cultures in the Middle South.

The history of this problem in American archaeology begins not in the New World but in Europe. In 1849 Boucher de Perthes reported the results of a ten-year study of the terrace deposits along the Somme River in northwestern France. In these ancient gravel beds he had found worked flints of a distinctive, recurring type near extinct faunal remains. It was not until the summer of 1859, howeverwhen a group of distinguished British scientists visited the Somme terraces and themselves found worked flintsthat de Perthes's findings were authenticated.

The history of this problem in American archaeology begins not in the New World but in Europe. In 1849 Boucher de Perthes reported the results of a ten-year study of the terrace deposits along the Somme River in northwestern France. In these ancient gravel beds he had found worked flints of a distinctive, recurring type near extinct faunal remains. It was not until the summer of 1859, howeverwhen a group of distinguished British scientists visited the Somme terraces and themselves found worked flintsthat de Perthes's findings were authenticated.

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