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Archaic Period Mural

Mural (painted by Karen Carr) on display in "The First Alabamians" museum exhibit at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). While the mural itself is not a primary source, the artist incorporated a number of primary source artifacts housed at ADAH into the scene depicted. Archaic people experienced the end of the Ice Age and had to adapt to the disappearance of large animals due to climate change and over-hunting. This mural shows that they used grinding stones to crush nuts and seeds for their food and hunted smaller animals, including turkey and deer. They continued to use spears with stone points to hunt. They also made baskets of cane or bark, and used stone and clay pots for cooking.

Creator: Karen Carr
Date: 2012
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Painting

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ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard:
Grade 3: Standard(s) 13
Grade 5: Standard(s) 3
Grade 8: Standard(s) 1 14

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