Topic ID #30857 - posted 1/28/2014 2:33 AM

archaeology volunteer project: March 2014, Chattahoochee-Oconee NF, GA

Jennifer Palmer

Chattahoochee-Oconee NF
New! In a Bend of the Broad: Test Excavations at Site 9ST62

March 10-14, 2014

Must commit to entire session

Join us this spring along the beautiful Broad River for a glimpse into Georgia's prehistoric past! The Late Mississippian "Lamar" Period (ca. A.D. 1375-1670) could be, according to previous archaeological studies, a time easily described as boasting the heaviest prehistoric human occupation in northeast Georgia. However, despite the abundance of cultural materials and other data elsewhere that testify to this, a focus has always been placed on the "big sites." In the case of the Mississippian Cultures, of course, this means the mounds. To date, little archaeological excavation has been conducted on non-mound sites in the region.

This spring, PIT volunteers and Forest staff will attempt to change that, as we carry out test excavations at Site 9ST62, a Late Mississippian occupation located not on a mound, but on a wide terrace of the Middle Fork of the Broad River. It is our goal to learn more about the past inhabitants of Georgia at a site somewhat outside of the more typical research focus common to this area. Testing will also help us to assess the site's eligibility for placement on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The area is beautiful, and is a popular locale for camping, fishing, and off-roading, but these activities have the potential to cause irreparable damage, and looting is always a danger. The site's eligibility for the NRHP will help us to establish means for its protection, and further exploration of the site may shed new light on settlement patterns and site usage in the region. We hope you will join us in March for this unique and important project!

Number of openings: 4

Special skills: Previous archaeological excavation/testing, survey, mapping, artifact identification (especially Late Mississippian), sketching, and/or photography experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 10 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Tent and small (pop-up) RV camping permitted on site at no charge; no toilets, no potable water; Hotels/motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities available in towns of Cornelia and Commerce; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area (if opting for in-town accommodations)

Nearest towns: Cornelia, 8 miles; Toccoa, 11 miles; Commerce, 28 miles

Applications due: February 10, 2014

More information here.


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