Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society

SGA Chapter based in Gwinnett County; known as GARS
The GARS has its own website here.
Contact information:
Leslie Perry, President
email: GARS_info@thesga.org
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Mark your calendars for the Sixth Annual Frontier Faire

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) and the Fort Daniel Foundation are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Fort Daniel Frontier Faire, scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014. Access a PDF of the announcement by clicking here.

June 2014 Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin now available

The June 2014 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. Read about recent and planned activities of GARS, including Fort Daniel news.

May 2014 Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin now available

The May 2014 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. Read about recent and planned activities of GARS, including Fort Daniel news.

April 2014 Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin now available

The April 2014 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. A longer article is “The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain,” by Bill Pilon. Many shorter notes of interest are also included in this issue.

Fort Daniel Fair a success

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett County chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, and The Fort Daniel Foundation sponsored the fifth annual Fort Daniel Frontier Fair on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fort Daniel on Highway 124 in Buford, Georgia. Read on for a report on the fair!

Announcing the fifth annual Ft. Daniel Frontier Faire

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett chapter of the SGA (GARS), along with the Ft. Daniel Foundation, is sponsoring the fifth annual Ft. Daniel Frontier Faire on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy this celebration of Georgia’s history! Come visit Ft. Daniel and enjoy fun and educational activities. Access a PDF flyer by clicking here.

June GARS newsletter available

The June 2013 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. Longer articles include “Old Peachtree Road Field Trip,” and “Some Early Iron Making on the Georgia Frontier.” Also, read about the memorial service held at the Cherokee Nation capital of New Echota to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the removal of about 20,000 Cherokees to Indian Territory in 1838.

March GARS newsletter available

The March 2013 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read a research article on a Creek settlement that is now an archaeological site in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Fort Daniel news, and more. Access a PDF of the new issue by clicking here.

Catch up on GARS newsletter

The January and February 2013 issues of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), are now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read Fort Daniel news and more.

Fort Daniel tract now owned by Gwinnett County

Submitted by Jim D’Angelo

Efforts of members of The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and The Fort Daniel Foundation have finally paid off. On December 21, 2012, Gwinnett County closed on the 4.5-acre tract within which the entire fort site is situated. The County shall, in turn, lease the property to the Foundation, which will be responsible for developing both the land and an educational outreach program. Details of the lease agreement are being worked out, and it is expected that the Foundation will assume its responsibilities by the end of March. Already, students from local schools have had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn something about archaeology and about Fort Daniel’s connection with our frontier history and the Creek Indian War.

December issue GARS newsletter available

The December 2012 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read stories about Fort Daniel news and more.

November GARS newsletter available

The November 2012 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read stories about Fort Daniel news and this fall’s successful Fourth Frontier Faire, held Saturday and Sunday, 20–21 October, with about 250 attendees.

October 2012 issue of GARS newsletter available

The October 2012 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read stories about Fort Daniel news and upcoming plans for this fall’s Frontier Faire, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 20–21 October 2012—you’re invited!—and other activities of the Chapter.

September 2012 issue of GARS newsletter available

The September 2012 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read stories about upcoming plans for this fall’s Frontier Faire, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 20–21 October 2012—you’re invited!—and other activities of the Chapter.

2012 Fort Daniel Frontier Faire scheduled for 20–21 October

Submitted by Leslie Perry (lpdigsite@netscape.net)

The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), a Chapter of SGA, and the Friends of Ft. Daniel Foundation (FDF), will host their annual Fort Daniel Frontier Faire on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, October 21 from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy a museum display, Trading Post, face painting, archaeological tour, refreshments, blacksmith, and other vendors right on the location of the fort in Buford in Gwinnett County. Admission is open to the public at $2 per person or $5 per family.

2012 Spring Meeting: Presentations and tour

Submitted by Catherine Long, President, the SGA (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

2012 Spr jd excavation talk CUThe SGA held its 2012 Spring Meeting in two locations. We attended presentations in the Student Center at the Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville throughout the morning. Then, in the afternoon, we adjourned to the Fort Daniel archaeological site, with tours conducted by Lead Archaeologist Dr. Jim D’Angelo. Our hosts were the Fort Daniel Foundation and the local SGA Chapter GARS.

June GARS newsletter is here!

The June 2012 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. The issue has stories about Fort Daniel research and recaps Archaeology Month activities. Find all stories about GARS on this website by clicking here.

May 2012 GARS newsletter available

The fourth issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. GARS members are heavily involved in this year’s Archaeology Month, in May, which has the theme Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

April 2012 Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin now available

The third issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. GARS members are planning to co-host (with the Fort Daniel Foundation) an afternoon expo at the Fort Daniel site on May 19th, as part of the 2012 Archaeology Month activities.

Archaeology Month 2012 posters are rolled and stuffed

Submitted by Leslie Perry (digsitelp@yahoo.com)

2012 Poster prep CUOn Monday, April 2, 2012, volunteers from the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, TRC staff, and others from the SGA met at the offices of the cultural resources firm TRC, Inc. in Norcross to roll the Archaeology Month 2012 posters and stuff them in mailing tubes destined for Georgia school districts. Thanks to all the volunteers for finishing this important work.

First two GARS newsletters available

UPDATED! The first two issues of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), are now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. GARS members are planning to co-host (with the Fort Daniel Foundation) an afternoon expo at the Fort Daniel site on May 19th, as part of the 2012 Archaeology Month activities.

2011 Fort Daniel Faire conclusions

Submitted by James D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

Ft Daniel excavation unit 27 view north CUPrior to the 2011 Fort Daniel Frontier Faire in Gwinnett County, several geophysical surveys had been conducted at the site by Dr. Sheldon Skaggs of Georgia Southern University, the combined results of which suggested the presence of features within the footprint of the fort. We have also previously reported that the footprint of the fort’s palisade walls and corner blockhouses, as determined by archaeological investigations, corresponds precisely to the plan for frontier forts sent by President Washington’s Secretary of War, Henry Knox, to the Governor of Georgia in 1794.

2011 Frontier Faire well attended

Submitted by Leslie Perry (digsitelp@yahoo.com)

2011 Ft Daniel Faire CU flagThe well-attended October 2011 Frontier Faire at Fort Daniel, sponsored by the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, a Chapter of the SGA, and the Fort Daniel Foundation, hosted a Trading Post, tours, a candle-maker, both Girl and Boy Scouts, a food area and more. The 2011 Frontier Faire is considered a definite success and will serve as a model for next year’s Faire.

Fort Daniel: A geophysical survey of an 1813 Georgia frontier fort

Submitted by Dr. Sheldon Skaggs and Dr. James D’Angelo (sheldonskaggs@georgiasouthern.edu)

2011 Ft Daniel research GPR CUWhere was Fort Daniel? This frontier fort was long believed to have been on a ridge-top knoll on Hog Mountain in Gwinnett County. In 2007, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, a Chapter of the SGA, began a research program under the direction of Dr. James D’Angelo to locate physical remains of the fort using two forms of subsurface remote sensing, metal detection and ground penetrating radar. This detailed article reports the happy results of that research.

Fort Daniel and GARS to host annual Frontier Faire October 15-16, 2011

Submitted by James J. D’Angelo (President and Site Archaeologist)

The Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), along with Fort Daniel Foundation (FDF) members are sponsoring a Frontier Faire to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 11am to 4pm. All are cordially invited to attend.

GARS to sponsor Frontier Faire

Submitted by Leslie Perry (Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society)

The Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), along with Fort Daniel Foundation (FDF) members are sponsoring a Frontier Faire to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 11am to 4pm. All SGA members and their guests are cordially invited to attend.

GARS investigates Berkmar “mystery” site

Submitted by James D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

GARS_logo_CUMembers of the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) worked over the weekend at the Berkmar “mystery” site—this was part of the old Wynne-Russell Plantation but is now Berkmar Middle School, Gwinnett County property. GARS members plan to record the site on 14 May, and are clearing brush, etc., in preparation for doing that with Berkmar MS 8th graders.

GARS members consider bricks and mortar during fieldtrip

Submitted by Jim D’Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

GARS_logo_CUDespite the rains the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) field trip in March 2011 to the Howard Cement Company site and vicinity was fun and profitable. The group also visited the Howard plantation site (including a mill and large earthen dam), another lime kiln site, and the Kingston museum and the Confederate cemetery in Kingston. Accompanying photos are of the remaining lime kilns at the Howard site.

Fort Daniel named “Regionally Important Resource”

Submitted by James J. D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

The Atlanta Regional Commission has recently released a draft of its PLAN 2040: Regional Resource Plan. Among the many important archaeological and historical resources highlighted in this 89-page document is Fort Daniel, a late 18th/early 19th century frontier settlement in Gwinnett County.

GARS update: Archaeology Month 2010 and Fort Daniel activities

Submitted by James J. D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society teamed with the Fort Daniel Foundation to again combine their public archaeology event with FDF’s 2nd annual Frontier Faire at the Fort Daniel site in Gwinnett County, May 22-23. A highlight of the weekend was a brick making project employing methods and technology that would have been used in the late 18th–early 19th centuries.

Fort Daniel event is in the news

11alive_Fort_Daniel_2010_CU.jpgRead 11alive’s report on the Fort Daniel Faire and Public Archaeology Event, held at the Fort Daniel historical site in Gwinnett County in late May 2010. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation named Fort Daniel to its 2009 Places In Peril list in recognition of the importance of this military site. Visit the Fort Daniel Foundation website and learn how you can help save this important place, which is presently on private land.

April GARS meeting topic: a Spanish Paleolithic cave

Submitted by Jim D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

Dr. Jim D’Angelo will give a presentation on examples of Cro-Magnon and later cave art, at the monthly meeting of the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, a chapter of the SGA, at its meeting on Thursday April 8. The meeting starts are about 7 PM with the program beginning at 7:30 PM. Jim recently returned from a visit to Spain and was fortunate enough to visit a Paleolithic cave, which he will discuss.

GARS will meet on November 17th

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society will have its regular meeting for November 2009 on the 17th, beginning at 7 pm. The speaker will be Scot Keith, lead archaeologist for recent excavations at the Late Woodland Leake Site. The site has been listed by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation as a 2010 Place in Peril. (See a story on this website about this here.)

Field trip to the Roswell Mills scheduled for November 15th

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society has scheduled a field trip to the Roswell Mills site for Sunday, November 15.

Work Day at Fort Daniel, Saturday, November 14th

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society will be having work day at Fort Daniel this Saturday, November 14, weather permitting, beginning about 9:30 am.

GARS and FDF hold Frontier Faire

The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) and the Friends of Fort Daniel (FFD), recently announced that FFD has reorganized as The Fort Daniel Foundation (FDF). The new organization will be a non-profit, tax-exempt entity that can receive donations and grants directed at the on-going work at the site, including site preservation. In connection with these […]

Press reports on GARS Archaeology Month Event

gdn_child_trowelThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, together with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, hosted an Archaeology Month function at Fort Daniel on Saturday, 2 May, called the Frontier Fort Faire and Public Archaeology Event, which was covered by Heath Hamacher, of the Gwinnett Daily News.

Gwinnett Chapter busy with Fort Daniel activities

GARS and Friends of Fort Daniel (FFD), a special committee created for Fort Daniel preservation efforts, have had a lot going on since the last Profile. Since Fort Daniel’s listing as one of ten historic properties listed the Georgia Trust’s 2009 Places in Peril, GARS and FFD have submitted an application for a Georgia Trust […]

GARS excavations at Fort Daniel reveal trench, hearth

Figure 1. Trench feature with hearth feature in background, both at the bottom of the plowzone. The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) has put excavations at Fort Daniel on hold until analysis of recovered artifacts, representing more than one year of investigations at the site, and preparation of a technical report are completed. On the […]

Of rock shelters and work at Fort Daniel

This year the GARS Archaeology Month event was a public archaeology day at the Creekside Rock shelter located on the historic Elisha Winn property in Dacula, on May 3 and 4. The site was first identified, recorded, and excavated by GARS in 2006. Although contending with intermittent showers and poor turnout on Saturday, two large […]

GARS explores rock piles, Fort Daniel, mystery artifacts

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 […]

Fort Daniel news, artifacts

Submitted by Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society

Figure 1. English leaded crystal from Fort Daniel. GARS continues its study of the Fort Daniel site (9GW623) in Gwinnett County, having completed the first phase of investigations on November 9 after 16 weekends in the field. Results of the investigations to date were presented at the Fall SGA meeting. A PowerPoint presentation in PDF […]

Winn House tract rock shelter research

Overview looking south of excavations at L1 and L2. The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) continues to work with the Gwinnett Historical Society (GHS) investigating areas of archaeological interest on the 20-acre Winn House tract in Dacula. Having completed excavation of an outbuilding location associated with the historic Elisha Winn house, where the public was […]