LIDAR reveals an earlier civilization at Soque River Mounds
Earlier peoples occupied the location of the Soque Capital (Batesville, GA) and left their imprint!
It will be late fall 2019, before we are able to get into the dense vegetation on the east side of Hwy. 255 in Batesville, GA, but we expect to make major discoveries there. In 1886, Smithsonian archaeologist, Cyrus Thomas, noted a stone circle, “piles of stone” and stone cairns in that area. On satellite photos, one can see the piles of stone. On the LIDAR image that a patron of the Apalache Foundation funded, man-made features are clearly visible. They look very similar to the stone ruins at Track Rock Gap, 19.8 miles to the northwest. However, they have a different character than the ruins on the west side of Hwy. 255, which on early maps was labeled the principal town of the Soque People. Remote sensing can only go “so far” in documenting ancient ruins. At some point one must hike in to have a “close encounter of a third kind” with the Native American community site. To get a clear picture of who actually built these structures, it is necessary for archaeologists to carefully excavate test trenches on the site in order to see soil stratification and obtain artifacts.
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