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Endowment Fund supports first project!

Submitted by Rita Elliott (ritafelliott@windstream.net)

Ever wonder what happens to all those wonderful Endowment contributions to the Society for Georgia (SGA) Archaeology Endowment Fund? The contributions generate interest that is used to fund archaeology research and public education projects. The SGA Board recently approved the use of the 2006 interest for its first Endowment project. These funds will provide assistance for a survey of artifact collections in Georgia. SGA member John Whatley is leading the project that will document prehistoric stone tools and pottery collected by members of the public. John will record information about site locations, the types of artifacts in the collection, and the time periods represented. His notes, photographs, and site forms will be an extremely useful record to help us understand where people lived in the past, how they moved across the landscape over time, and what their everyday lives were like. The gathering of this information now is crucial, as archaeological sites are being destroyed at an increasingly rapid pace, and as artifact collections and their context often become scattered when passed down through generations, or are sold on the internet. Stay tuned as John works on this exciting and important project and follow his progress in future Profile articles and the SGA web site. Congratulations to John and to all the many endowment contributors who have made this, the first of many endowment-funded projects, a reality!

Endowment contributions can be made to: The Society for Georgia Archaeology. Please write ‚“Endowment” on the memo line. Checks may be sent to: SGA Treasurer, P.O. Box 693, Athens, GA 30603. If you would like more information about the endowment, please contact Rita Elliott, SGA Endowment Co-Chair at ritafelliott@windstream.net or (912) 826-5214.

Gwinnett Archaeological Research SocietyResearch articles

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 invited to participate for two weekends as part of Archaeology Month, the group began excavations at a rock shelter on Labor Day weekend. The initial dig was for GARS members only with seventeen members, under the direction of Jim D’Angelo, participating over two weekends. Shovel testing and clearing and mapping of the site were completed during the summer months. The shelter has been divided into three loci and, after griding the site, 50- cm test trenches were placed at the central location (L1) and southern location (L2), and then expanded by 1 √ó 1-m unit increments (see photos). So far, fragments of a Lamar pot and one blue trade bead have been recovered from L1 above massive roof fall that has been encountered across the excavation areas. Plans are to return to the site October 9-10 as part of GHS’s annual Winn Fair.

A GARS web site will be up and running by mid-September where more information on this and other GARS archaeological projects will be posted.


Panorama of entire rock shelter during clearing and mapping phase.