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Moccasin Bend Archeological District

Chattanooga, Tennessee
County of Hamilton.
National Register Number: 86003510
Resource type: District.
The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: TN-3 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - September 8, 1986):
This is the best preserved and most important compact, yet diverse, sample of archeological remains known in the Tennessee River Valley, indicative of Chattanooga's pivotal status in trade, communications, economics, and political importance in the interior Southeast. The site includes evidence of occupation by Native American groups of the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods; because of 16th-century Spanish trade and gift items found there, the site provides significant opportunities to study the early contact period in the Southeast. Also included are Civil War earthworks associated with the battle of Chattanooga.

The Tennessee River has been an ongoing threat to the integrity of the NHL. The river continues to erode away land along the riverbank resulting in the loss of cultural resources.

The NPS is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize the riverbank.

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