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McDowell County, North Carolina, United States of America (35.66089 -82.04822)
Archaeological excavations performed by Dr. David Moore during the early 1980s, revealed the earliest inhabitants of McDowell County to be from the Mississippian and Woodland eras. Dr. Moore discovered evidence in an area close to the Catawba River in and around an unusual topographical site known as Round Hill. Cherokee and Catawba Indians were known inhabitants of what is now McDowell County. These early Native Americans lived in this section prior to Juan Pardo's exploration of the region.