Soque River Basin Stone Architecture Survey . . . list of project sites
The following is a list of ancient stone ruins in the Soque River Basin, which was prepared by archaeologist Cyrus Thomas of the Smithsonian Institute in 1891. Of these, only the massive turtle effigy and the Alec Mountain stone circle were ever visited again by professional archaeologists. In 1939, Robert Wauchope measured the fieldstone turtle and in 1956, Phillip E. White of Harvard University dug some test pits within the Alec Mountain Stone Circle. We will begin work as soon as the leaves fall . . . which should be in mid-November 2018.
- Massive fieldstone effigy of a turtle on the Tallulah River (now on an island in Lake Burton)
- Hundreds of stone cairns, walls and possible building ruins in and around Batesville.
- Mound on farm of Patton Jarrett on south bank of Chattooga River, one fourth of a mile above Toccoa Creek.
- Stone mounds on the headwaters of the Soquee River.
- Mounds on west bank of Chattooga River, about 2 miles above Toccoa Creek.
- Stone structure, horseshoe shape, 2 to 4 feet high, at Soquee post office.
- Circular earthwork about 30 feet in diameter, just east of last.
- Several stone cairns along the road, just south of Soquee post-office.
- Stone cairns on Tray Mountain.
- Stone cairns at Unicoi Gap, north of Helen
- Stone circle formerly on the hill above Glade Creek, on the road from Clarkesville to Tallulah Falls, 5 miles from Clarkesville.
- Stone cairns on a ridge between Rabun and Habersham Counties, 2 miles west of Tallulah Falls.
- Stone cairns on Soapstone Mountain, 5 miles southeast of Ayersville.
- Large mound on east side of Soque River, 1 mile above Deep Creek.
- Stone walls nearly obliterated, on the east bank of Soquee River, about 4 miles above Clarkesville.
- Stone cairns on north side of Toccoa Creek, 4 miles above its month.
- Mound on the east bank of Soquee River, one-half mile above Clarkesville on the Wilson farm.
- Stone cairns on the Ryan farm, 1 mile northeast of Clarkesville.
- Stone cairns on the road, 1 mile north of Soque post-office.
- Stone cairns on the west bank of Soquee River, 2 miles below Clarkesville.
- Stone circle 100 feet in diameter, with walls originally 4 feet high, on Alec Mountain, 7 miles northwest of Clarkesville.
- Stone mound near the bank of Tugaloo River just below the mouth of Toccoa Creek.
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