Wild Wondering West Virginia

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Wheeling resident and entrepreneur Brian Joseph posed the latest question in our ongoing Wild, Wondering West Virginia series. He asked us to tell the story of what some say are the oldest mountains in the world -- the Appalachian Mountains -- including sister mountain range, the Atlas Mountains.

This question won our online voting round, so we decided to visit with Joseph to gain a bit more insight into his curiosity. Glynis Board reports.

It's time for you to choose the next story for Wild, Wondering West Virginia, our series devoted to answering questions about the Mountain State.

Last time, you voted for Jaime Wichterman's question about Native American History in West Virginia. Round 2 is underway and it's up to you to decide, West Virginia!

Shayla Klein / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Along the banks of the Ohio River and other waterways, there are several places where -- after a heavy rain -- Native American artifacts still crop up today. Despite these clues, archeologists and historians haven’t been able to paint a clear picture of the people who lived here before white settlers.

Artifacts have led archeologists to believe people first came to the region about 14,000 years ago, hunting woolly mammoths and dodging sabertooth cats. There were also people here 2,500 years ago building mounds. But most of what is known outside of that revolves around tribes that lived in the region around the late 1600’s -- tribes  forced to relocate in the mid 1800’s. And there’s a lot of speculation about that, too.