At the start of September, the Conservancy’s president, Mark Michel was in the Southeast Region with Regional Director, Jessica Crawford, visiting some amazing sites. Some of these sites are potential acquisitions, in Alabama and Mississippi. It was a fascinating trip to the Tennessee River Valley area, near Huntsville to learn about the shell middens along the river.
We also visited Painted Bluff, a beautiful rock art site, high above the Tennessee River and is now well protected by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The site has been radiocarbon dated to around A.D. 1300-1400, and has undergone much recent research. Thanks to everyone at Moundville Archaeological Park and The University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research for your hospitality and assistance!
Learn more about the process of Protecting and Researching Painted Bluff :
Read two articles from 2013 before Painted Bluff was protected: