Discovery News featured the work of Jan Simek, president emeritus and a distinguished professor of science in the Department of Anthropology. Simek’s work is published in this month’s edition of Antiquity. It finds that the oldest and most widespread collection of prehistoric cave and rock art in the United States has been found in and around Tennessee. The art provides intriguing clues about what life was like for Native American societies more than 6,000 years ago. “The discoveries tell us that prehistoric peoples in the Cumberland Plateau used this rather distinctive upland environment for a variety of purposes and that religion was part of that broader sense of place,” said Simek.
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