Archaeologists unearth Troup’s history

Researchers look for evidence of OglethorpeFirst Posted: 11:00 am - April 19th, 2016  By…

Georgia (Apr 21, 2016)

Researchers look for evidence of Oglethorpe


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First Posted: 11:00 am - April 19th, 2016


By Tyler H. Jones -

LaGRANGE — Imagine, if you can, 7,000 years ago in Troup County.

Towering hardwoods and long-leaf pines blot out the sun as wild game roam freely in the shadows below. The underbrush is sparse — not like today. The thick canopy above keeps the birch and thorns at bay.

A herd of deer meander to the banks of a rushing stream as they dodge beams of golden sunlight. The river’s flat shoal provides ample crossing. The deer, one by one, ford the shallow shelf with their young in tow.

It is a time before the written word, before the wheel has rolled its first turn in the Americas, and long before the first European settlers ever laid eyes on Georgia. It is the middle Archaic period, between 8,000 and 5,000 years ago, and the first Americans are on the verge of discovering agriculture, trade and sophisticated tools. It is Eden.

Yards from the river crossing, a small group of hunters crouch silently, readying their spears. In a moment of zeal, a young hunter rears back and thrusts his projectile toward the prey, certain he has the shot.

He misses, the herd flees and the arrow lands on the other bank, lost and buried in the soil for 7,000 years.

‘The first textile mill in the county’

Standing in a square pit Saturday, Terry Powis, an archaeologist from Kennesaw State University, wiped the sweat from his brow as he dug a square-point shovel into the thick Georgia soil.

Exhausted, Powis and his student, KSU senior Greg Smart, shoveled dirt into 10-gallon buckets and hoisted them ground level to Quinn Black, another KSU senior who carefully poured the dirt into a sift searching for evidence of ancient life. …



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