The temple mound and mortuary at Town Creek, in Montgomery County,
is one of the few surviving earthen mounds built by prehistoric
Native Americans in North Carolina. It has been recognized as an
important archaeological site for almost sixty years and, as a
state historic site, has become a popular destination for the
public. This book is Joffre Coe's illustrated chronicle of the
archaeological research conducted at Town Creek, a project with
which Coe has been intimately involved for more than fifty years,
since its inception as a WPA program in 1937.
Written for visitors as well as for scholars, Town Creek Indian
provides an overview of the site and the archaeological
techniques pioneered there, surveys the history of the excavations,
and features more than 200 photographs and maps. The book carefully
reconstructs the archaeological record, including plant and animal
remains, pottery sherds, stone tools, and clay ornaments. In a
concluding interpretive section, Coe reflects on what Town Creek
and its artifacts tell us about this prehistoric Native American
Originally published in 1995.
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