The Archaeology of North Carolina

Stanly County, North Carolina

North Carolina's oldest piece of artwork

Stanly County is in the heart of North Carolina's Southern Piedmont region and home to the state's most famous archaeological site - Hardaway. Among the hundreds of thousands of artifacts donated by Alcoa Corporation to the UNC-RLA are a number of incised pebbles - North Carolina's oldest works of art.

Incised pebble pendant

This incised pebble pendant is one of forty-six found at the Hardaway site. Pebbles and pieces of slate with incised designs were found at all levels of both the Hardaway and Doershuk sites and thus date to between five thousand and ten thousand years old.

Learn more about the Paleo-Indian and Archaic occupations at the Hardaway site.

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