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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).
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Archaeology -- Tennessee -- Rhea County; Antiquities; Archaeology; Rhea County (Tenn.) -- Antiquities
Rhea County (Tenn.)
F443.R4 H66 1990
Honerkamp, Nicholas, "Archaeological testing of the Cedine Mound, Rhea County, Tennessee" (1990). Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology Reports. 36.