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083-0022 Daugherty's Cave Site and Breeding Site

Daugherty's Cave Site and Breeding Site
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 06/23/1978

NPS property number 78003044

Along the banks of Big Cedar Creek near its junction with the Clinch River, these two sites contain Indian artifacts dating from 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1600. Excavations at Daugherty’s Cave show deeply stratified cultural deposits containing stone projectile points and tools, ceramic potsherds, unusually well-preserved bone and skull fragments, and hearth features. The adjacent Breeding site contains remains from the Early Archaic period (8000-6000 B.C.) that are rare in Daugherty’s Cave. Future investigation of both sites should provide contrasting information on Indian life-styles at various periods in both rockshelters and open habitats.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated November 15, 2018