Sachsen Cave Project


Sachsen Cave Shelter is located on the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. "The site was used repeatedly as a residential base camp for small family groups over a long period of time during the Late Archaic Period (ca. 6-3000 BP) by prehistoric hunter gatherers who lived year round in the uplands of Southern Appalachia. These activities include butchering and cooking of large mammals on site, nut processing and cooking, and hide processing and sewing. These activities appear to have been concentrated in the fall of the year. However, it is likely that site function depended upon seasonal exploitation of local resources, because faunal elements were recovered that indicate use during the spring and summer months. It may also be that the site was used year round. We support these hypotheses with technological, use-wear, faunal, and archaeobotanical studies." (Franklin et al. 2011)

Cite this Record

Sachsen Cave Project. ( tDAR id: 400923) ; doi:10.6067/XCV88W3FWQ

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections



Archaic Late Archaic


Site Name
Sachsen Cave

Site Type

Investigation Types
Data Recovery / Excavation

Archaic Cave Faunal Data

Geographic Keywords
Tennessee, East

Temporal Keywords
Late Archaic

Temporal Coverage

Radiocarbon Date: 4500 to 3400 (Late Archaic)

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Renee Walker

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-15 of 15)


  1. Sachsen Cave Shelter (2015)

Coding Sheets

  1. Coding sheet for Burning (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  2. Coding sheet for Butchering (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  3. Coding sheet for Chronology (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  4. Coding sheet for Element (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2015)
  5. Coding sheet for Frag (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  6. Coding sheet for Gnawing (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  7. Coding sheet for Level (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  8. Coding sheet for Portion (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  9. Coding sheet for Resource Taxon (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  10. Coding sheet for Side (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2017)
  11. Coding sheet for Taxon (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2017)
  12. Coding sheet for Test Unit (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  13. Coding sheet for Unit (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)
  14. Coding sheet for Weathering (Sachsen Cave Shelter) (2016)