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Can you identify these artifacts?

The dating and classification of artifacts can be tricky, especially if one is working from a professional body of knowledge that fossilized in the late 20th century.

The two ceramic containers in the photo on the left obviously have the standard form of Deptford Style Ceramics, which were decorated by slapping wooden paddles covered with fabric onto the damp clay body.  However, can you name the specific location where they were unearthed and the cultural time period?

Three hints

1.  The jars are not from the Florida Panhandle.

2.  The jars were found near the Atlantic Ocean.

3. In 1937,  archaeologist James Ford excavated bronze axes, daggers and a sword from the banks of the Altamaha River near St. Catherines Island, GA.   He never told his peers about the discovery, but for several years they were on display in a museum owned by the State of Georgia.

Professor Gene Waddell of the College of Charleston is not allowed to participate because he knows the answer!

The first winner of the quiz will receive a copy of “The Forgotten History of North Georgia.”

We will surprise you with the answer on June 21, 2015 – the Summer Solstice.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Guessing at artifactsts: Heres seeing if I remember what I learned in Dr. Bense’s classes back in the day. The blade looks like a biface quartzite blade, material maybe traded from inland. Made in Georgia between 3000 BC-1000 AD (I still use old fashioned dating), found near Savannah on coast. Pottery is stamped, with some incised decoration, twisted decorated edging, late Deptford 500 BC-400 AD from same coastal area. Almost like some Swift Creek materials.

    • Miz Marcie has been studying her anthropology. I didn’t know that biface blades went back that far in the Lower Southeast. We’re still keeping a secret until the Solstice!


    This location is so cool! It is right on the border of Edisto territory!!! 🙂


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