JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee State University professor has been awarded a grant that will help him study a prehistoric shelter where primitive stone tools were found.
Anthropology professor Jay Franklin says that he will lead a group that will study the location in the Upper Cumberland Plateau during the warm months. He says they will be trying to learn more about the lives of early Americans.
Franklin says the $12,000 grant from the National Geographic/Waitt Grant Program will fund mapping, travel and radiocarbon testing.
Because the shelter is relatively undisturbed by amateur diggers, he said it could hold very valuable information.
The finds in the shelter so far are representative of tools that were used about 11,000 years ago.