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Wal-Mart Supercenter built on long-occupied land

The customers walking the aisles of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Georgia’s Cherokee County are probably unaware that they are walking on land which has been occupied by Native Americans for 10,000 years.

During the summer of 1995, a large crew of archaeologists and their assistants unearthed a trove of artifacts that told a story of the land’s ancient inhabitants. The property, known as the Hickory Log Site, yielded 48 graves and thousands of artifacts that filled 120 boxes. The discovery offered one of the most detailed looks ever at the life of Native Americans in North Georgia.

Local officials hope to exhibit the findings — ranging from 10,000-year-old spear tips to a rifle used by the Cherokees — at The Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University.

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Story: Bill Torpy, AJC | Photo: Curtis Compton, AJC

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