The Ocmulgee Archaeological Excavations

By Jeannette Holland Austin

Ocmulgee Mounds

The dig near of the Ocmulgee and surrounding area is known as one of the largest in American history. A major excavation occurred between 1933 and 1936, with over 800 men working under the direction of Dr. Arthur R. Kelly of the Smithsonian Institute uncovering 2.5 million artifacts, viz: pottery, pottery sherds, metals, arrowheads, spear points, stone tools, pipes, bells, jewelry, seeds, bones, etc. Some of these items are on display in the Ocmulgee National Monument Museum or stored in the museum curatorial. It was determined that people lived on the Macon Plateau between 12,000 BC and 1800 AD. In Georgia, genealogists should research all of the available Indian Rolls and Census as outline on Georgia Pioneers

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