Archeologists find Native American sites during Greenway construction in Pennington Gap

Archaeologists have uncovered Native American sites they say are up to 10,000 years old in Pennington Gap during the construction of the town biking trail.

Middle school students were invited to the site on Wednesday to take part in the historic event.

During the construction of a two-and-a-half mile biking and walking trail through town, officials began to find evidence of historical land dating back from 8000 B.C. to about 1000 A.D.

TVA currently has archaeologists sorting through the sites were nearly a dozen firepits were found in one location.

TVA is required by federal law to preserve cultural heritage during construction projects. They are now working with Native American tribes across the country to inform them of the findings.

Archaeologists have been on site in since Monday and expect to finish up this weekend. Their findings will require months of lab research.

Construction for the Greenway Trail is expected to resume in August.

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