Preservation and the Archaeological Record

Preservation and the Archaeological Record (HMOVH)

Location: Mt Gilead, NC 27306 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 10.974', W 79° 55.759'

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Organic materials, including the human body, decompose when buried in the ground. Clothing made of animal skins or hides does not survive after many years of burial. Likewise, most pigments used to paint the body do not survive. Foodstuffs placed in ceramic pots, gourd containers, or shell cups, also disappear except for microscopic or chemical evidence. Therefore while archaeologists are extremely careful to recover all traces of organic materials, interpretation of these burial practices is based largely on tradition and historical research.
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 597485 N 3893851
Decimal Degrees35.18290000, -79.92931667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 10.974', W 79° 55.759'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 10' 58.44" N, 79° 55' 45.54" W
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Area Code(s)704, 910
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 483-499 State Rd 1542, Mt Gilead NC 27306, US
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