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Near Mount Gilead in Montgomery County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Preservation and the Archaeological Record

 
 
Preservation and the Archaeological Record Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, September 3, 2010
1. Preservation and the Archaeological Record Marker
Inscription. Organic materials, including the human body, decompose when buried in the ground. Clothing made of animal skins or hides does not survive after many years of burial. Likewise, most pigments used to paint the body do not survive. Foodstuffs placed in ceramic pots, gourd containers, or shell cups, also disappear except for microscopic or chemical evidence. Therefore while archaeologists are extremely careful to recover all traces of organic materials, interpretation of these burial practices is based largely on tradition and historical research.
 
Location. 35° 10.974′ N, 79° 55.759′ W. Marker is near Mount Gilead, North Carolina, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Town Creek Mound Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead NC 27306, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burial Huts at Town Creek (a few steps from this marker); Town Creek Indian Mound (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haywood Motor Company (approx. 4.6 miles away); McAulay Bros. Store (approx. 4.7 miles away); Ingram McAulay Hardware & Furniture
Preservation and the Archaeological Record Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, September 3, 2010
2. Preservation and the Archaeological Record Marker
The marker is located on the exit door of the burial hut.
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Ross & Ingram Grocery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Williams Barber Shop (approx. 4.7 miles away); O.C. Bruton Store (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Gilead.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the exit door to the burial hut.
 
Also see . . .  Town Creek Indian Mound. NC Historic Site (Submitted on October 24, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 
 
Categories. Anthropology
 
The Burial Mound at Town Creek image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, September 3, 2010
3. The Burial Mound at Town Creek
The Gate to the Burial Mound image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, September 3, 2010
4. The Gate to the Burial Mound
Town Creek Indian Mound image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, September 3, 2010
5. Town Creek Indian Mound
The sign at the entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 523 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 24, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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