Cold Springs 9Ge10–1977 Field Season

One of the most important (and under-reported) archaeological sites that was submerged beneath Georgia Power Company’s Lake Oconee in Greene, Hancock, Morgan, and Putnam counties, Georgia was the Cold Springs Site, known as Site 9Ge10. The site is located in the floodplain and lower ridge slope of the Oconee River, just below Thumping Dick Creek. I worked as a crew chief there in 1977 and 1978. This newspaper article is one testament to the extensive efforts of the University of Georgia Anthropology Department crew. Today portions of the site are submerged beneath the lake, other portions are in a residential subdivision, and another portion is located on the U.S.D.A. Oconee National Forest. This particular location shown in this image was in a backhoe trench on the Forest Service property. The Swift Creek phase pit house/daub extraction pit and the Lamar phase burials that intruded into it were discovered in a backhoe trench. P.S. My mom knitted the cap.

Digging Up the Past

Digging Up the Past

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