Pisgah Forest Dig 05/28-6/13 Western NC

Shelta

Over

Over the summer ETSU performed an excavation in Pisgah N.C. in Western North Carolina. The Shelter had been partially excavated prior to our arrival. Originally we expected to find artifacts more in line with Cherokee dates because we had some limited information from the prior dig of what they had discovered. Our finds were pretty much limited to small sherds and lots of splintered bone. Strange as it was, most of the large pottery sherds were found in front of the shelter in the non-living area. From the best guesses dr. Franklin could come up with it appeared the later Indians had cleaned out the contents of the original shelter and pitched items out of the interior of the shelter and unto the slope. We will never know exactly why this event occurred but it could have been a ceremonial cleansing or “resetting” of the shelter.

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