Introduction to the Catawba Project

In 2001, the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology began the Catawba Project, an extension of the 20-year Siouan Project that seeks to trace the evolution of native societies of the Carolina piedmont through the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Re-analysis of documentary sources and re-evaluation of Catawba settlement patterns have led researchers to a series of settlements occupied sequentially between 1750 and 1820, a critical period of group coalescence that gave rise to the modern Catawba Nation. Investigations at Nassaw-Weyapee and Charraw Town (c.1750-1759), Old Town (c.1763-1790), Ayers Town (c. 1781-1800), New Town (c.1790-1820), and the Bowers site (c. 1800-1820) provide glimpses into the transformations of Catawba material culture through the late Colonial, Revolutionary, and Federal periods.

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