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Abstract

A small prehistoric mound located in Rhea County, Tennessee, was tested prior to its removal due to construction of a dining facility at the Cedine Bible Mission Camp near Spring City, Rhea County, Tennessee. Under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Honerkamp, two weeks of fieldwork were carried out in May, 1989, by students enrolled in a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Archaeological Field School. Controlled excavation of 14 square meters in the central area of the mound revealed evidence of previous excavation in the form of a large pit dug to the premound surface. Included in the fill of this pit was a high frequency of mussel shells and several large slabs of limestone; two limestone-tempered ceramic fragments and small amounts of charcoal were also recovered. Apparently the initiating burial or burials and accompanying grave goods (if any) had been removed, and the looting pit had been quickly backfilled. Based on its location and assumed method of construction, this feature is thought to be associated with the Hamilton Mortuary Pattern described by Patricia E. Cole (1975).

Department

Dept. of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

1990

Subject

Archaeology--Tennessee--Rhea County; Antiquities; Archaeology; Rhea County (Tenn.)--Antiquities

Location

Rhea County (Tenn.)

Document Type

reports

Extent

14 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

F443.R4 H66 1990

Rights

Under copyright.

Archaeological testing of the Cedine Mound, Rhea County, Tennessee

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