Summer 2008 activities, fall plans

Coastal Georgia Archaeological Society’s activities this summer were very low key, compared to 2007 when we worked on the Groves Creek site on Skidaway Island. We spent the summer of 2008 in air conditioned comfort at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum washing, sorting and cataloguing artifacts from excavations, lead by Mark Newell, made along the Canal from 2006-2008. The most interesting items came from the Locktender’s House site, where a variety of high status artifacts were found. These included transfer-printed pearlware, mocha ware, a Chinese ginger jar, and music box parts. Along the Canal itself, Lock 3 yielded what looked like black eyed peas and Lock 5 the remains of a hoist used to lift logs up to a now vanished sawmill.

The latest addition to the club’s fall schedule is the October 25th Fall Festival at the Bamboo Farm, where we plan to have an informational booth on “Plants and Archaeology.” Still in the works are an excursion to the Effingham Living History Museum and the Reiser-Zoller House, and a Fall Picnic and program on the Civil War vessel “Waterwitch.” The picnic will be held at the Canal Museum and feature an exhibit of the artifacts we worked on and a tour of the Locktender’s House site. Dates for these events are to be announced. Anyone in the Savannah area wishing to join us is welcome. Please contact Chica or Carl Arndt at (912) 920-2299 or