But it real life, it’s harder to tell if it’s an omen when they find 6,000 year old bones at Clee’s Landing, there at the end of Bell’s Bend (speak
of the Devil).
The Nashvillest asks, “Who the heck was in Tennessee 6,000 years ago besides the dinosaurs!?” and I am happy to report that I now know that the people who were in Bell’s Bend 6,000 years ago were doing then what folks in Bell’s Bend do now–hunting, fishing, and experimenting with growing things. They lived in small groups, usually three or four related families, and some of them would have been following the game and others of them would have settled into small fishing villages. They would have been on the verge of figuring out how to grow squash and gourds.
Those bones, in fact, probably belong to the very people who put the white shells along the bottom of the bend to mark where in the river bank they buried their dead.
So, that’s who was here, folks who hunted and fished and who put their dead people near the river, so that they would always been near the lifeblood of their people.