Return to the Trail of Tears

Blackburn, Marion
March 2012
Archaeology;Mar/Apr2012, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p53
The article discusses the excavation of a site at the U.S. Army Fort Armistead in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, revealing that it was part of the Trail of Tears, a path used by Cherokee Indians forced to move to Oklahoma by the U.S. government in 1838. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) began carrying out excavations in 2006 and discovered evidence of archaeological structures as well as artifacts such as ceramics and beads. Other topics include the lack of archaeological evidence of the Trail of Tears, the history of Fort Armistead and its relationship with the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee attempts to become part of the U.S., and the protection of the archaeological site.


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