Mountain People - Appalachian Expedition Part 2

Commemorative march on the anniversary of the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain. Photo: Library of CongressNow, as you leave base camp, you search for evidence of early settlers on Blair like rock walls, old stump fences, and chestnut rails. Before long, one of your teammates stops everybody. He is standing in the middle of a cleared area-a spot that looks like it could have supported a farm at one time-kneeling on the ground, looking at something. The team Anthropologist is very excited! Lying in the dirt is a sharp-pointed piece of black rock.

The team Anthropologist explains that some Native Americans used spear points like this one to hunt deer, elk, and bear on mountain slopes. When settlers later came to the mountains, they uncovered these artifacts by plowing up the land for farming. How exciting! This means that there were people here before the Europeans. In fact, these spear points provide evidence that Native Americans lived in these mountains for at least 12,000 years before the Europeans arrived!

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