Tennessee Valley Authority Conservation and Management Initiatives at Painted Bluff, Alabama
Located in northeastern Alabama, Painted Bluff contains motifs similar to ones found on Mississippian ceremonial objects, and an associated charred river cane dating to between AD 1300 and 1440. Approximately 80 images were recorded on the limestone cliffs of the bluff, most of which are red ocher paintings, a few done with yellow pigment, one containing white, and at least three separate thinly-plastered surfaces with fine-line incisions. Following initial recording of the site by Simek, Cressler, and Hermann, Pritchard from the TVA decided to pro-actively conserve and manage the painted site with public visitation in mind. In consultation with relevant Native American Indian groups, Pritchard launched a condition assessment, graffiti removal and camouflage session, and thorough graphic recording of the site with the aim of opening and interpreting a selected portion to the public, with the aid of a boardwalk and interpretive infrastructure.
SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015) •
- Methodology and Interpretation in the Archaeology of Rock Art
Cite this Record
Tennessee Valley Authority Conservation and Management Initiatives at Painted Bluff, Alabama. Erin Pritchard, Johannes Loubser, Jan Simek, L Mashburn. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395176)
min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;