Earliest turkey domestication found in Tennessee

Turkeys figured prominently into pre-contact Native American life, but the first archaeological evidence of probable domestication in the Southeast U.S. has just been found at a site in Tennessee.

More than 400 bones of Meleagris gallopavo silvestris, the eastern wild turkey, were found at the Fewkes site, dating to around 1250-1450, and were analyzed by zooarchaeologists Tanya Peres and Kelly Ledford of Florida State University. Writing today in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Peres and Ledford explain how the Native Americans were raising and managing gobblers.

Read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2016/11/21/earliest-archaeological-evidence-of-turkey-domestication-found-in-tennessee


Gary C. Daniels

Gary C. Daniels is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television, video and multimedia writer and producer. He has appeared on History Channel, Travel Channel and Science Channel. He has a passion for Native American history and is the founder and publisher of LostWorlds.org.