Update SE: Shell Middens & Rock Art Along The Tennessee River

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Amazing Rock Art at Painted Bluff
Amazing Rock Art at Painted Bluff
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.
Shell midden along the River
Shell midden along the River
Shell Midden Point
Shell Midden Point
Points at the Shell Midden Sites
Points at the Shell Midden Sites, with Shells all around
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!
Mark and Matt Gage, Director of the Office of Archaeological Research at The University of Alabama in a boat with Painted Bluff in the background.
Mark and Matt Gage, Director of the Office of Archaeological Research at The University of Alabama in a boat with Painted Bluff in the background.

Learn more about the process of Protecting and Researching Painted Bluff :

2014 Professor Awarded for Prehistoric Rock Art Research

2014 TVA Restores Painted Bluff… Prehistoric cliff paintings in our backyard

2014 Archaeologists want to preserve rock formation

Protecting Painted Bluff
Protecting Painted Bluff
New Signage at Painted Bluff
New Signage at Painted Bluff
Read two articles from 2013 before Painted Bluff was protected:
President Mark Mitchell and SE Director Jessica Crawford at Painted Bluff
President Mark Mitchell and SE Director Jessica Crawford at Painted Bluff

 

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