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Closed! In a Bend of the Broad 2019: Test Excavations at Site 9ST62

Img_3244.jpg by James Wettstaed, US Forest Service
Excavating burned Lamar house

June 3-7, 2019

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Join us this summer at the Farmers Bottom Site for a glimpse into Georgia’s past! The Late Mississippian ‘Lamar’ Period (ca. A.D. 1375–1670) may well be the time boasting the heaviest American Indian 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. Already our ongoing work at the Farmers Bottom Site, which has no mounds, is helping to change our understanding of the history of this region!

This summer, PIT volunteers, Forest staff, and consulting archaeologists from Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, Inc. will continue to carry out test excavations at ‘Site 9ST62,’ located on a wide terrace of the Middle Fork of the Broad River. So far, we have identified two houses occupied at different times during the Late Mississippian period and are working at excavating as much of these structures as possible. We think we may have identified the location of an Early Mississippian (A.D. 1000-1200) occupation at the site as well, and we’ll be conducting additional excavations there. The area is beautiful and we hope you will join us in June for this unique and important project!

Number of openings: 10

Special skills: Previous archaeological excavation, survey, mapping, drawing, artifact identification (particularly Mississippian), 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 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: April 1, 2019

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