This week, 24–31 October, 2011, the SGA’s ArchaeoBus is at Fort Hawkins, while excavations are in progress. This is the first time the ArchaeoBus has visited active excavations.
The fort site, in Macon, dates to 1806 (before the city of Macon was founded), when it was established by order of President Thomas Jefferson for trading and meeting with Native Americans. Previous excavations on this frontier fortification have revealed the east wall and part of the south side of the wooden palisade that surrounded the fort. The 2011 work will focus on finding all of the outer walls, and is being done for the Fort Hawkins Commission.
The fort site will be open each day from October 24–31 until 4:00PM. with no admission charge. On week days as excavators continue their research, the public is invited to visit and view their work—now tour the ArchaeoBus, too! The excavation work is organized by The LAMAR Institute.
On the last day of fieldwork, Monday, October 31, plan to attend the Press Conference at 3:00PM at Fort Hawkins to learn about discoveries during the week and to tour both the excavations and the ArchaeoBus.
Then, at 5:00PM, the first Fort Hawkins Halloween Hauntings will begin. The ArchaeoBus will be a major highlight of this free, fun, family event.