Investigating Painted Bluff

Discover the past through evidence from a rock art site in Alabama! In this curriculum, students examine the distant past through ancient images ancestors of the Chickasaw people created a left on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River.

Create rock art from authentic images using two different hands-on techniques.

Explore how archaeologists study rock are to understand past cultures. Using archaeological inquiry, student observe an authentic rock art panel at Painted Bluff and make inferences. Cultural background on the Chickasaw and an interpretation is provided by LaDonna Brown, a citizen of the Chickasaw tribe. In a short research project, students employ primary sources such as authentic archaeological data and oral history to demonstrate their knowledge.