An Archaeological Survey of the Norris Basin in Eastern Tennessee

An Archaeological Survey of the Norris Basin in Eastern Tennessee

An Archaeological Survey of the Norris Basin in Eastern Tennessee

An Archaeological Survey of the Norris Basin in Eastern Tennessee

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This bulletin, An Archaeological Survey of the Norris Basin in Eastern Tennessee, is the first of a series of archaeological reports based on studies conducted under the direction of the Research Section, Social and Economic Division, Tennessee Valley Authority.

In planning the work of the Tennessee Valley Authority it became evident that the building of dams on the Tennessee River and its tributaries and the flooding of large areas would cover with impounded water many sites showing evidence of man's prehistoric occupancy of the valley. Valuable evidences of prehistory would thus either be destroyed or forever placed beyond any possibility of investigation. The board of directors was concerned with this problem of conservation and expressed a desire to conserve to future generations the wealth of archaeological material and information available in the Tennessee Valley area.

The study of the Norris Basin was carried on under the technical supervision of Maj. William S. Webb, Senior Archaeologist, Tennessee Valley Authority, with the assistance of a number of governmental agencies. The Civil Works Administration and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration supplied labor for the field work. The University of Tennessee provided laboratory facilities' for the study of the materials recovered.

The preparation of this report was begun after the close of field work in July 1934, and the manuscript was submitted for publication in September 1935. A report of the archaeology of the Wheeler Basin is now being prepared, and it is hoped that additional publications dealing with the prehistory of the other basins -- Pickwick Landing, Chickamauga, and Guntersville -- can be added to this series.

T. LEVRON HOWARD,

Chief, Research section, Social and Economic Division, Tennessee Valley Authority.

KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 1937.

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