Investigating Rock Art: 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.

This investigation comes with a copy of Investigating Rock Art. 

A great way for students to learn how to make inferences using something from their own school culture, and then build on that skill to read a piece of Rock Art from an ancient culture. - Johnna Hammond, Idaho teacher.


I love it! The curriculum definitely promotes active students learning! It features such a great variety of activities that get students engaged with the past at this very important site in the state of Alabama. - Candice Cravins, Alabama archaeologist and museum educator