In 1999, the Tennessee Department of Transportation archaeologists discovered evidence of a mid-15th century settlement along the banks of the Little Harpeth River
in southwest Davidson County, Tennessee. Their archaeological survey revealed:
Post holes and hearths from 12 pole construction structures
Seven human graves
Two palisade lines with bastions
Remnants of food including corn, nuts, and beans
Domestic artifacts such as animal effigy pottery bowls and other vessels
The archaeological testing revealed that the property contained intact evidence of a large prehistoric Indian town, although it was still unclear who
lived here and why their story was important.
Ceramic duckhead effigy that originally sat on rim of a bowl found at Aaittafama' Archaeological Park. Side view on the left, top view on the right
Reconstructed ceramic vessel found on floor of a burned house, just below the surface.