[Photograph of a small mid-18th century pit used to smudge Cherokee ceramic vessels at Chota, taken in 1969] / [by Richard R. Polhemus] : a machine-readable transcription
Polhemus, Richard R.
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This is a photograph of a small pit used to smudge Cherokee ceramic vessels. It is from the 18th century Overhill Cherokee village of Chota in what is today Monroe County. Chota was recognized by Europeans as well as other Indians for its powerful socio-economic influence and was regarded as the capital of the Cherokee nation. Excavations of Chota and other Overhill villages were conducted by the University of Tennessee between 1967 and 1983 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, J. Worth Greene.