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Remains of slaves found at Nashville Zoo

The remains of nine people, believed to be enslaved African-Americans, have been found on the grounds of the Nashville Zoo. They were relatively young people of African descent, worn down by years of hard labor. Six of them had arthritis. One man walked with a limp, and a woman endured fractured vertebrae

Cannonball found on Civil War battlefield

A 12-pound cannonball has been unearthed by workers excavating at the Eastern Flank Battle Park in Tennessee. City police and fire officers along with a state Highway Patrol bomb expert were called out and determined the cannonball was non-explosive and no danger, said Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner. “Finding pieces of history

Remains of butchered mastodon found in Tennessee

12,000-year-old Mastodon bones bearing evidence of ancient butchering marks have been found in Franklin, Tennessee. State archaeologists say discoveries unearthed in 2010 at a long-studied archaeological site known as Coats-Hines in Cool Springs reveal it to be one of only a few sites that show early man in this area hunted

Mastodon remains found in Tennessee backyard

The remains of what may be a mastodon have been unearthed in the backyard of a Tennessee home. Since last week, a team of archaeologists and Middle Tennessee State University students has hewn a trench about 10 feet deep into the cool clay of a suburban Williamson County backyard, bringing

Prehistoric fossil bones found in Tennessee backyard

An Tennessee man's pool installation was interupted by the discovery of trilophodon fossil in his backyard. "My wife called and said, 'You're not going to believe it... They found a dinosaur," Leyden told Memphis' WMC-TV. In fact, while digging 8 feet beneath Leyden's Brighton, Tenn., backyard on June 30,

Remnants of Trail of Tears fort uncovered in Tennessee

The remnants of one of the 29 forts along the Trail of Tears has been uncovered in Tennessee. It has been more than 170 years since the dark days of the Cherokees' forced removal from their lands in Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. Twenty-nine forts were used by the U.S. government to

Civil War battlefield found at building site in Tennessee

Construction at the University of Tennessee has lead to the discovery of the first Confederate battle site identified in Knoxville. Angst and other researchers found buttons, metal straps, bullets, rivets, Union belt buckles thought to have been scavenged and pieces of stoneware from South Carolina. Forty-two friction primers, the brass pieces

Native American village found in Tennessee

A 2,000 to 3,000-year-old Native American village has been found near the construction site of a bridge being built over the Nolichucky River in Tennessee. Matt Gage, senior archaeologist with the University of Tennessee Archaeological Research Laboratory, told the Greeneville Sun that they have found evidence of food storage facilities, pottery