Upcoming Digging Savannah Events for the Fall of 2014:
Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah: Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites. The tour starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) at 3pm. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com.
Skidaway Island Guided Hike: Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Late Archaic Native Americans to the 20th century. The hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head at 3pm and is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets or RSVP at Eventbrite.com.
Distinguished archaeologist Dr. David Hurst Thomas will be speaking about his work on St. Catherines Island. Encompassing nearly 40 years of work, Dr. Thomas has excavated Native American sites 5,000 years old through to the 16th century Spanish mission, Santa Catalina de Guale. Bishop Hartmayer will introduce Dr. Thomas and speak about the importance of archaeology and the Spanish mission site. The lecture will take place at Benedictine Military School at 6pm.
Many thanks to our co-sponsor, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.
Fall 2014 Digging Savannah Poster
On November 2, we will be hosting a second guided hike at Skidaway Island State Park. Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Late Archaic Native Americans to the 20th century. The three-mile hikes will be led by AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert. The hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head promptly at 4pm and is expected to be approximately 2 hours. These hikes are recommended for kids and adults 12 years and older.
The hike is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Advance tickets only. Buy tickets here. Friends members, please RSVP at the ticketing link.
Big thanks to everyone who came to today’s guided hike at Skidaway Island State Park. We visited several archaeology sites covering 6,000 years of history! Our next walking tour is October 12 through downtown Savannah. It starts at the Battlefield Park flagpole (next to the railroad musuem). All of the tours start at 4pm and are recommended for kids over 12 and adults.
Starting out on the hike.
Some of the kids found artifacts like this small sherd of colonial bottle glass.
We learn about the Civil War earthworks and plantation history of the island.
Oyster shells from Native American shell middens are one the most common artifacts at the park.