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TVA Works with Experts and Volunteers to Protect Painted Bluff Archaeological Site

March 18, 2014


Tennessee Valley Authority works to protect a prehistoric and historic rock art site that has been damaged by natural elements and vandalism.


  • Rebecca Tolene, TVA vice president of Natural Resources
  • TVA archaeologists
  • Rock art conservation specialist (under TVA contract)
  • Volunteers helping to enhance site


Friday, March 21, 2014

1 p.m. CDT
Boats depart for site

1:30 – 3 p.m. CDT
Site tours and interviews

3:30 p.m. CDT
Boats return to boat ramp


Guntersville Dam and Lock Boat Ramp

Additional Information

Painted Bluff, managed by the TVA, sits on two bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River. The site has more than 80 drawings in red, orange and yellow created over 600 years ago. The archaeological site will be improved by removal and camouflaging of the graffiti.


Take Highway 431. Turn onto Guntersville Dam Road. Take last right before dam which will take you to the boat launch ramp.

Media Contact

Kristine Cooper, Huntsville, 256-430-4837
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000


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