3000+ year prehistoric mining--miles into caves near Tennessee & Ky waterways
- Ancient Waterways Members and welcome to new member, Domenique!
I posted this at PreColumbian Inscriptions, but want the reference
and link at this site of Mississippi River (tributaries)and uncanny
similarities to pre-historic miners of Lake Superior peaking and
ending at about the same time.
Perhaps those who will be investigating the Tennnessee caves and
sinkholes situation(Jamie, his contacts, and most recently Larry)
will bring some of their findings to the October, 2007 Ancient
American Artifact Preservation Foundation Conference in Ohio in
October, as well as to upcoming conferences.
A Mississippian Period Ritual Cave in Tennessee
Charles H. Faulkner, Bill Deane, Howard H. Earnest, Jr.
American Antiquity, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr., 1984), pp. 350-361
Only first page of report is included on web site, which you may
"Five thousand years ago prehistoric Indians began exploring deep
cave passages in the southeastern United States...these Late Archaic
People went thousands of feet into the perpetual darkness,
penetrating as far as three miles in such systems as Mamouth
Cave....On the basis of archaeological evidence, this exploration and
mining by pre-historic Indians in Kentucky and Tennessee reached a
peak of about 3,000years ago..."
see PreColumbian Inscriptions posts past few days re: Tennessee cave