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THE SOUTHEAST >> SOUTHERN MIGRANTS A PROMISING FUTURE PICTURING CULTURE
   

Whether driven by curiosity or the possibility of better prospects, the first people in the Southeast entered a world with a promising future. From mountainous interior to coastal plain, they encountered perhaps the continent’s most abundant plant and animal life.

They came from generations who may have first emerged on the continent around the massive glaciers to the north, although archeologists remain uncertain about the exact route they followed. The earliest southeasterners needed skill and resourcefulness to cross the snow-capped Appalachians to the north or the flood plains inundated with glacial meltwaters to the west. 

  (photo) Archeologist works at the Thunderbird site, by Virginia’s Shenandoah River.
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(photo) Man with beard and red shirt.
(photo) Fingers holding spearpoint.

An archeologist at a South Carolina excavation.

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