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Archaeology/Native Heritage

To the right of the foyer is the entrance to the Museum. This room which was sponsored by the Cullman County Archaeological Society, it contains a collection of arrowheads spanning over 12,000 years. Of interest to younger visitors is a central table with different shaped arrowheads embedded in the top of which they can make a rubbing on paper to carry home to remember their visit. There is a case of pottery fragments which help archaeologists date ancient cultures.

One pot in particular is especially valuable. It was found in a bluff shelter in Morgan County and dates to around 400-600 A.D. This pot was so valued by a previous owner that when it cracked, holes were drilled to tie it together. The Indian tribes had lived in Alabama for more than 12,000 years and included Creeks, Cherokees, Chickasaws and Choctaws, but within a few lifetimes after the appearance of the Europeans they were gone. In the early 1800’s, the United States government determined to remove all Indians west of the Mississippi, this forced removal has been called the “Trail of Tears”. Don’t forget to say goodbye to “Big Red” our Indian made from one tree that fell during a 1974 tornado.