For centuries, Kentucky has been shrouded in mystery, with many believing it to be an empty land. However, the truth is that many Native American tribes, such as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Shawnee, once called this state home. The Shawnee tribe had major settlements in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and they hunted and lived in the Bluegrass region. Around 1200 BC, prehistoric people extracted minerals such as gypsum, mirabilite, and epsomite from Mammoth Cave and other caves in the region.
To do this, they used mussel shells collected from the Rio Verde to scrape off the soft mineral crusts from the walls and place them in containers. These artifacts can still be seen scattered throughout the cave's passages today. To light their way, they used torches made from river reeds.Today, you can still find deposits of these artifacts near tourist trails. Other artifacts such as woven fiber sandals, pumpkin-shaped bowls, and even prehistoric rock art like petroglyphs (carved lines) and pictographs (drawn with carbon pigments) can be seen on underground routes used for gypsum extraction.If you're looking to explore some of these ancient artifacts from Native American tribes in Louisville, there are a few places you should check out.
The Falls of the Ohio State Park is a great spot to start. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, it's home to a fossil bed that dates back to the Devonian period. Here you can find fossils from ancient fish, plants, and other creatures that lived millions of years ago.The Louisville Science Center is another great place to explore Native American artifacts. This center has a permanent exhibit dedicated to Native American culture that includes artifacts from tribes like the Cherokee and Shawnee.
You can also find a variety of interactive displays that teach visitors about Native American history and culture.Finally, you can visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Forest. This forest is home to a variety of archaeological sites where you can find artifacts from Native American tribes like the Shawnee. You can also take part in educational programs that teach visitors about Native American culture.