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Early Native Americans in West Virginia
Early Native Americans in West Virginia
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The Fort Ancient Culture

by Darla Spencer

Once thought of as Indian hunting grounds with no permanent inhabitants, West Virginia is teeming with evidence of a thriving early native population. Today's farmers can hardly plow their fields without uncovering ancient artifacts, evidence of at least ten thousand years of occupation. Lost to time and rediscovered in the 1880s, sixteen of these sites dot the West Virginia landscape—including Buffalo, Logan and Orchard. Archaeologist Darla Spencer excavates the fascinating lives of some of the Mountain State's earliest inhabitants in search of who these people were, what languages they spoke and who their descendants may be.