Alabama
3:11 pm
Mon February 16, 2004

Guntersville Artifacts on Display

Guntersville, AL – More than six decades ago, archaeologists searched the Guntersville Basin for artifacts dating back as far as eight thousand years. Archaeologists had shown interest in the area for some time when the Tennessee Valley Authority paid 600-thousand dollars for excavations. The archaeologists were under a tight deadline -- the T-V-A soon flooded the area to make Lake Guntersville. Now, more than 200 of those artifacts are on display at the Guntersville Museum. Many of the items will be on public view for the first time; others were shown in 19-98 during the city's 150th anniversary celebration. Most of the items came from Henry Island and McKee Island. Several others came from a ceremonial Indian mound along Brown's Creek and Hampton Cave near Carlisle Park Middle School. The exhibit will be on display through mid-May and is being coordinated by the University of Alabama museums.