Limestone and learning

Submitted by Georgia Mountains Archaeological Society

The Georgia Mountains Chapter continues with the members’ interest and research into the Gainesville limestone and lime production industry. Most work lately has been into the historic records of the industry in the Gainesville area, and crews have revisited the kiln reported here earlier, and found additional constructions in the vicinity. Some members are also recording old boat remains along the streams and rivers of north Georgia. Now that the water levels are so low, it is possible to see, measure, photograph, and record wrecks and remains of boats, dredges, rafts, and so on along the river bottoms.

The September meeting was indoors due in part to the heat, and focused on the recording, mapping, and reporting of sites found, and how to fill out site forms for the Georgia Archaeological Site File. There was also a report on recent archaeology in Peru, with photographs by chapter advisor, Jack Wynn.

One of the most exciting steps GMAS members have taken recently is the establishment of the chapter’s own website, by chapter President Dan Page and member Brian Babcock. It is now up and running, with loads of photographs, and will continue to be improved and updated from time to time. To see what they have produced, and to follow current and planned activities, see where Dan and Brian are sharing the latest adventures of the chapter members in the Elachee Nature Preserve as well as along the streams of northern Georgia.

GMAS meets the first Saturday each month at 10 AM at the Elachee Nature Science Center, south of Gainesville, and new members are welcome. For additional information see our website.