33,000 artifacts recovered from slave quarters excavated in Savannah

Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Admin

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Excavations carried out at suspected slave quarters in Savannah, Georgia, has turned up over 33,000 artifacts.

Clusters of nails found in the ground indicate that buildings were made from wood instead of brick, Elliott said. Archaeologists uncovered small pits used to store items in the floors of dwellings and dug up no window glass, further evidence the site had crude structures occupied by slaves.

Archaeologists found a silver Mexican coin from 1831 with a hole punched near the edge, as if it had been worn as a pendant. An 1865 penny was recovered from a pit. Researchers also found fragments of brick, broken dishes and bottles, a cast iron pot and a small brass thimble.

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Story: Russ Bynum, AP | Story: Wikimedia Commons

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One Response to 33,000 artifacts recovered from slave quarters excavated in Savannah

  1. This is great news. Those people that were enslaved are very important to America’s history. If you are interested, I am including some of my research that I gathered for a paper every week on my blog. I am not a professional writer or photographer, by any means (yet!), but you might be interested in what photos I took for my research. Later, I will be including photos of items recovered from the dig at the Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson. I also have a couple of bills of sale from the Smiths at Historic Rock Castle on my blog.

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