[Photograph of mid-18th century central hearth Cherokee townhouse at Tomotley, taken in 1976] / [by Gerald F. Schroedl] : a machine-readable transcription
Schroedl, Gerald F.
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This is a photograph of a central hearth of a Cherokee townhouse from the Overhill village of Tomotley dating back to the mid-18th century. All political and social events were held in these large winter townhouses, which were cone-shaped and appeared to look like a small mountain from a distance. Some were large enough to hold 500 people. The seats were arranged like an amphitheater with the seats rising one above another, leaving an area in the center for a fire. Excavations of Tomotley were conducted by the University of Tennessee in 1976 as part of the Tellico Archaeological Project in anticipation of the flooding of the Lower Little Tennessee River by the Tellico Dam Reservoir. The excavations were conducted under contract with the National Park Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Principal investigator, Alfred K. Guthe. Field Director, Gerald F. Schroedl