CANTON — A new temporary exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum is digging into Cherokee County’s past.
“Unearthing the Past: Archaeology in Cherokee County” opened to the public Wednesday and runs until April 12. The exhibit explores the last 80 years of archaeological investigations in Cherokee County, highlights some of the more than 1,000 archaeological sites in the area, and features rarely seen artifacts found in Cherokee, the Historical Society said.
The 50 objects on display are all from private collections and are on display for the first time. They represent more than 8,000 years of Native American occupation and include ceremonial objects, game pieces, weapons and tools, said Lisa Tressler, archivist for the Cherokee County Historical Society.
Tressler compiled the data and wrote the panels for the exhibit.
“Native Americans called Cherokee County home for 13,000 years. The Cherokee accounted for approximately 50 of those years. With this exhibit, we hope to open a window to the lives of not just the Cherokee but also these earlier cultures,” Tressler said in a release.
The museum is in the Cherokee County White Marble Courthouse and is a part of the work of the Cherokee County Historical Society.
Executive Director Stefanie Joyner said artifacts from the major archaeological sites are represented, including Long Swamp, Wilbanks Mound and Hickory Log.