1000 Year Old Native American Petroglyphs

Come along with me as I hike out to a sandstone rock shelter here on the Cumberland Plateau that contains 1,000-year-old Native American petroglyphs. This shelter was used by the late woodland and early Mississippian Native Americans and is the only excavated petroglyph site in the state of Tennessee. It was excavated by Dr. Duane King in 1974. 752 shards of pottery and numerous points were found here during the excavation and it is believed this was a ritual or ceremony site. The shelter contains petroglyphs of deer tracks, turkey tracks, and even linear grooves that are associated with vertical shafts we cavers call pits.


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