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    Russell Cave

    National Monument Alabama

Archaic Time Period

Archaic People
NPS
Susan Walton
 

By about 8,000 B.C., at the trail end of the last ice age, the weather had warmed enough to help cause the extinction of the large game (overhunting also contributed) on which the Paleo hunters had relied. Over the course of the early Archaic, American Indians became versatile, efficient hunter-gatherers, drawing on all the resources of forest and river.

 
Archaic period bone fishing hook.

Park Guide Antoine Fletcher

An archaic period bone fishing hook.

To that end their tools became steadily more varied and specialized. Bone and antler were shaped into an array of implements. Stone tools, long in use, were being ground and polished by the late Archaic. The mortar and pestle for milling, the fishhook, the drill, woodworking tools-all were used in the Archaic period.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The National Geographic Society purchased 310 acres surrounding the cave shelter area and donated the land to the American people. Russell Cave was designated as a National Monument in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.