Video Clips from The Ancient Carolinians
The short video segments below were created for a traveling exhibit called The Ancient Carolinians,
which was created by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in collaboration with the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, both at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Funding for these videos was provided by the Alcoa Foundation.
The Ancient Carolinians is currently open to the public at
Town Creek Indian Mound, a State Historic Site in Mount Gilead, N.C.
Executive Director of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Greg
Richardson explains that American Indians have lived and thrived in North
Carolina for more than 10,000 years.
Paleontologist Dale Russell of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
describes some of the plants and animals that ancient North Carolinians would
UNC archaeologist Silvia Tomášková describes the hunting and gathering lifestyle
and explains how it was a successful adaptation for thousands of years.
Steve Watts of the Schiele Museum of Natural History explains that Stone Age
technology is part of the history of all humans.
Steve Watts of the Schiele Museum of Natural History demonstrates how to make
a stone tool.
UNC archaeologist Brett Riggs describes the natural resources that attracted
people to the Hardaway site for thousands of years.
UNC archaeologist Steve Davis explains the social significance of the
Archaeologist Theresa McReynolds explains how studying stratigraphy helps
archaeologists determine the relative ages of artifacts.