How Long is a Long Time Ago?
Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Thousands of years ago a portion of Russell Cave's entrance collapsed, creating a shelter that, for more than 10,000 years, was home to prehistoric peoples. Today it provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.
Did You Know?
One of the oldest bone fishhooks in the Southeastern United States was found at Russell Cave National Monument. The ancient people who occupied this site ate many species of fish from the Tennessee River.