...This site briefly reviews some of the stuff that went on around the North Carolina Piedmont before Columbus went looking for China. Most Americans think American history started with Columbus...

Introduction: From an archaeological perspective, most of what we know of these first, ancient North Carolinians exists as stone artifacts, fired clay pottery, and a few large, earthen structures. Typically, wood, bone, leather and similar materials have not survived the moist conditions and acid soils of the Piedmont. Additionally, much of the archaeological record has been lost due to "recent" land disturbing activities. As a result, a purely archaeological perspective (like this web site) is limited to stuff like speculation about subsistence strategies, tool use, and where folks got their raw materials, etc. In my opinion, the traditions and other stuff passed down through the millennia are are more important for really understanding folks, but that's another story.

Recording your finds (and other reasons this site exists)

The Ultra-Amazing Quasi-Accurate Projectile Point Thingy and friends
- A look a the styles and ages of various projectile points and other artifacts found in the Piedmont with some information on what life was like for the folks who made them...

The Ultra-Sophisticated Method of Lithic Artifact Categorization (TUSMOLAC)
- My take at some of the stuff you can find at a construction site and what real archaeologists call it...

The Amazingly Exciting, Curiously Spicy, Ultra-Cool Site Presentation
- A rare before and after look at what bulldozers and dynamite can reveal... or, more accurately, destroy...

Artifact of the Month Whenever
- Featuring stuff that is especially intriguing or that you need to identify for me...

Links and stuff and WEBRINGS...
- These are a few of my favorite links... (sung to the tune of "Favorite Things"... sorry)

Reference Page (my apologies to the authors)
- These are the complete citations of the references I used to develop this site...

Major and Well Deserved Awards:

write us (Dingo or Todd) and let us know what you think:

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The ultra-sophisticated stuff about the prehistory of the North Carolina Piedmont and stuff