Selected Archaeology Projects in the Southern US…


The following selected archaeology web sites have been evaluated for public-friendliness. Do you have a web page that could be included in this list of archaeology site web pages? Forward that information using the Feedback Form provided. This page remains under construction.

Mammoth Cave (Kentucky)

Tour Mammoth Cave, the longest cave in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and assess the ways it has been used and preserved as a historic resource.

   

Cactus Hill (Virginia)

The Cactus Hill site, located about 70 km. south of Richmond, Virginia, is one of a handful of archaeological sites that contain convincing evidence of a pre-Clovis population in North America. The site is located in a sand dune and contains a stratified series of cultural layers that date from the 18th century back to the Clovis period and beyond.

Artifacts from the Clovis level included the typical fluted points, made of chert, and radiocarbon dated from a piece of associated charcoal to 10,920± 250 years BP. Below the Clovis layer and just above sterile clay, archaeologists discovered several blades, projectile points and a scraper, all made of quartzite. A soil sample associated with one of the blade clusters was radiocarbon dated to 16,670±730 years BP.

Historic Jamestown (Virginia)

Two interactive archaeology modules allow students to interpret artifacts and /or buildings at Historic Jamestown.

The Leake Site (Georgia)

The Leake archaeological site represents a large Native American mound and village located in northwestern Georgia along the Etowah River. From approximately 300 B.C. until 650 A.D., the site served as a ceremonial center and a gateway between the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the U.S. The site was reoccupied by Native Americans several hundred years later during the 15th and 16th centuries, around the time of Hernando de Soto's exploration of the Southeast. This extensive website offers something for all people, including detailed information about the site and excavation, artifact photographs, educational materials for teachers and students, and links to related websites.

Frederica: An 18th Century Planned Community(Georgia)

Discover why this British settlement was built and how it functioned as Great Britain and Spain each struggled to control land from Charleston to St. Augustine.

Fort Mose: America's Black Colonial Fortress of Freedom (Florida)
In 1738, the fort and town of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose was established as the first legally sanctioned free black community in what is now the United States. The Florida Museum of Natural History web site presents historical archaeology research on this African American experience in the Spanish colonies.

 

Los Adaes, a Spanish colonial site
     (western Louisiana)
The Louisiana Division of Archaeology invites you to take a look at its new interactive web project about Los Adaes, a National Historic Landmark operated by the Louisiana Office of State Parks. The Los Adaes archaeology evidence includes the remains of a mission and a presidio. Although the settlement marked the eastern frontier of the Spanish Province of Texas, the presidio served as the provincial capital for more than 40 years. Los Adaes also represented a rare instance of cooperation among three cultures: the Spanish, the French, and the Caddo Indians. This online exhibit provides an opportunity for those who want to learn about life at the site, as revealed through history and archaeology. The interactive website presents information in layers, allowing the user to determine the amount and level of information received.

Excavating at Occaneechi Town (North Carolina)
The visitor to this site can excavate, set budgets and payroll, and use different sampling strategies to explore an Eighteenth-Century Indian Village in North Carolina. This interactive excavation uncovers artifact photos, plans, profiles, and artifact inventories.  You can then compare your analysis with those of the archaeologist who excavated the site. There are also video clips that explain various archaeological terms and procedures. This is the web edition of a CD-rom that is also available.

St. Augustine (Florida)
St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, forty two years before Jamestown. This Florida settlement still survives, forming the oldest European town in the United States. This Florida Museum of Natural History web site presents historical archaeology research on the settlement as part of an on-line exhibit.

 Blackbeard's Flagship The Queen Anne's Revenge
This comprehensive web site offers archaeology, history, conservation, and education about the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck, lost in North Carolina waters in 1718. This web site is operated by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

 

 

 Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost ArkansasImages and artifacts from an award winning exhibit about Arkansas archaeology are available at this web site. Sam Dellinger gathered nearly 8,000 prehistoric artifacts in a quest to protect Arkansas's heritage from dispersal to out-of-state museums and private collectors during the early 20th century. The collection, now recognized as one of the finest collections of prehistoric Native American artifacts in the United States, is at the University of Arkansas Museum. The Dellinger exhibit (at the Old State House, part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage) was guest-curated by Dr. Robert C. Mainfort Jr. of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The project was funded in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

Texas Beyond History (Texas)

 

 

Texas Beyond History (TBH) is a public education service of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with 16 other organizations. Begun in 2001, its purpose is to interpret and share the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world.

In this virtual museum you will find information on and images of many different aspects of the cultural legacy of Texas, a legacy spanning at least 13,500 years.

 

 

 

 

Updated 11/12/2013