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The Context of Early Southeastern Prehistoric Cave Art: A Report on the Archaeology of 3rd Unnamed Cave

Jan F. Simek, Jay D. Franklin and Sarah C. Sherwood
American Antiquity
Vol. 63, No. 4 (Oct., 1998), pp. 663-677
DOI: 10.2307/2694114
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2694114
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

In the deep recesses of "3rd Unnamed Cave," a karst cavern in Tennessee, evidence for an ancient association between dark zone cave art and chert mining has recently been documented. The art comprises petroglyphs on the ceiling of a chamber more than 1 km from the cave entrance. On the floor below the art, natural sediments were excavated prehistorically to obtain high-quality chert nodules. Radiocarbon age determinations place the mining during the Terminal Archaic period. Studies in lithic technology, geoarchaeology, and petroglyph description are presented.

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