GARS explores rock piles, Fort Daniel, mystery artifacts

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Tom Gresham talking about rock pile sites at the February GARS meeting.

The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society has moved their monthly meeting date to the first Wednesday of the month, but is still meeting 7:30 to 9:00 PM in the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Building, 75 Langley Road, Lawrenceville. In February we had a stimulating presentation by Tom Gresham of Southeastern Archeological Services, Inc., on north Georgia’s enigmatic rock piles, the epicenter of which, we learned, is Gwinnett County. The March 5 speaker was Jack Wynn who spoke to the group on archaeological methods. For programs and updates on archaeological projects visit our web site at: www.thegars.org.

Work at Fort Daniel resumed in February with an expansion of the site grid onto the adjoining property. Results of metal detection survey on these additional 6000 square feet were meager with only four artifacts that could be from the period. As the tract that contains the archaeological site is again for sale, a committee to “save” Fort Daniel has been formed in cooperation with the Gwinnett Historical Society (GHS), and others. The effort includes descendants of Major General Allen Daniel, a militiaman who served at the fort. The Southeast Region of the Archaeological Conservancy (TAC) will be helping with the effort.

For Archaeology Month, GARS, in cooperation with GHS, will conduct a public archaeology excavation May 3 at the historic Elisha Winn property in Dacula, at the Creekside Rock Shelter. The Winn House will also be open for tours and there will be an exhibit of artifacts from GARS’ survey and excavations on the property.

If you want to have some fun trying to identify mystery artifacts visit our website here.