The northwestern Piedmont is that part of the North Carolina Piedmont drained by the middle portion of the Yadkin drainage. During the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, and Early and Middle Woodland periods, archaeology of the north central Piedmont is much like the rest of the Piedmont. After A.D. 1000 the local expression of the Piedmont Village Tradition is the Donnaha phase, which is related to the contemporary Dan River phase.
Donnaha is a well-known site that was occupied primarily during the Late Woodland period and is related to the Dan River phase, although people lived there both before and after that main period. The site is located on the west side of the Yadkin River in Yadkin county. Excavations have been done by Wake Forest University, which has been working in the Great Bend area of the Yadkin River Valley since 1973.