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3000+ year prehistoric mining--miles into caves near Tennessee & Ky waterways

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  • Susan English
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2007
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      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.
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      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
      enlarge:

      "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..."

      from: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-7316%28198404%2949%3A2%
      3C350%3AAMPRCI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-B&size=SMALL
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      see PreColumbian Inscriptions posts past few days re: Tennessee cave
      findings.
      http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Precolumbian_Inscriptions/
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