Archaeology meeting and pottery washing—January 13th at New Echota

Submitted by Jim Langford (

Greetings to Friends of Archaeology in Georgia!!

On Thursday, January 13, 2011, we will have our annual “pottery washing” event and workshop at New Echota Historic Site located near Calhoun. This is part of our regularly scheduled meetings of the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00pm. The public is enthusiastically encouraged to attend.

Everyone seems to really enjoy this hands-on experience. We will be washing pottery and other artifacts excavated from the Thompson site – located on the Coosawattee River in Gordon County. Everyone will get to chance to get their hands wet. Since we will be working indoors, weather will NOT be a factor.

The Thompson site includes occupations from at least two time periods: one at about 900 AD, and the other at about 1400-1600 AD. The ceramics at this site include late Woodland or “Woodstock” designed pottery, and a wide range of pottery types from the late Mississippian period.

The workshop will describe the entire range of Native American ceramic assemblages found in Georgia from 1500 BC until the early 1800’s AD.

The meeting will be held in the museum at New Echota – located about one mile east of I-75 off of Exit 318 near Calhoun. Follow the brown signs to the site.

All the best to you.

Jim Langford, President, The Coosawattee Foundation

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