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The February 12 Meeting will feature member and archaeologist Justin Holcombe, who will give a presentation on his work at Tel Azekah (also Tell Zakariya) in Israel.  The site is located in the heart of the Judean Lowland, and was once the control point of a strategic junction of roads, having played a central role in the ancient history of the region.

The biblical text references the area around Azekah as the arena for the battle between boy David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1). The town was destroyed by the Assyrian King Sennacherib and is referenced in Assyrian texts, as an ‘eagle’s nest … with towers that project to the sky like swords.’ According to Jeremiah 34:7, over a 100 years later during the Babylonian siege against Jerusalem, Lachish and Azekah “were the only fortified cities of Judah that remained”.  Azekah was destroyed by the Babylonian army in 586 BCE.  Yet the history of the site continued during the Hasmonian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, where it appears on the famous Madaba (mosaic) map as Beit Zechariah

Among the first cities in the Holy Land to excavated (1898-99), a team of archaeologists led by Tel Aviv and Heidelberg University returned to the site in 2012. As a student in archaeology at Tel Aviv, Justin was able to participate in this dig.  He served as supervisor of a small test area on the supposed Assyrian siege ramp.

All meetings, including this one, are opened to the public, gathering at 7 pm with meeting beginning at 7:30 and are held at the GJAC, 75 Langely Rd., Lawrenceville.

December Meeting Election of New Officers -  New officers for 2015-16, elected at the December Christmas Party/Meeting are: Delana Gilmore, President, Karen Lee, Vice-President, and Chrstine Durgan, Secretary.  John Hopkins, Jr. will continue to serve as Treasurer.  Advisor, Jim D'Angelo, on behalf of the organization, presented the outgoing President, Leslie Perry with a certificate of appreciation and small gift for her two-year's of leadership in which the group experienced an increase in quality monthly programs, field trips, excavation opportunities. and in membership.  With 18 members paid thru 2015 and 8 more anticipated to be paid by the end of the year, membership now stands at 26. 


 6th Annual Frontier Faire Success!

On September 20, GARS and FDF members held the 6th Annual Frontier Faire at the Fort Daniel Site. Great weather, good attendance, music by The Skillet Lickers, our Cherokee Storey Teller, student archaeologists, and much more helped to make it a great day.  [More photos in the October GAB.]



FDF member Wayne Stencil and grandson enjoy Fort Daniel Reconstruction display.


GSU archaeology students record their progress bisecting SW Blockhouse feature.


GSU low resolution Agisoft 3D oblique view of SW Blockhouse hearth feature  excavation from NE. Top of east unit wall (visible string) is ~8" (20cm) below the present surface. 


Membership in GARS includes not only great monthly programs like the ones mentoned above, but opportunities for archaeological excavation, field trips and special events like participating in the Annual Frontier Faire. GARS has and continues to be responible for the archaeological field work at the Fort Daniel Site in Hog Mountain, GA. For more on that see past issues of the GAB and visit the Fort Daniel Foundation website.

Besides the continuing work at the Fort Daniel site, GARS also excavates at two prehistoric sites in Gwinnett County, a rock shelter and a soapstone site, and has completed excavation or survey projects at several other sites within the County. Some of these projects are presented in the media presentations available on the left.

GARS is a Chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology

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GARS in Education

GARS has teamed up with FDF with funding from an FDF educational grant from the George A. Ramlose Foundation to put together a number of educational resources that will benefit not only the Fort Daniel educational program but schools across the State as well. The expenditures are to include but are not limited to a Fort Daniel Teaching Trunk for use in Greater Gwinnett area schools, a 48" portable, tabletop "trade-show" display for use at fairs, confernences, and a 200 CDs of a presentation for students, based on SGA's Frontiers In the Soil, entitled, Archaeology - What Is It? Several CDs were distributed to local teachers at the Annual Georgia Concil on Social Studies at UGA in October.  Funds from the Ramlose grant were also used to purchase copies of Frontiers In the Soil for five Gwinnett Library branches, with a match from the GARS treasury of another 5 copies for branches that did not yet have a copy.

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         Major General Allen Daniel meets Chief Hunt

        GGC Anthropology Prof. Ken Anderson with Elementary Students

         Legacy Lady, Beverly Paff, discussing ancestory issues with visitors.

        GSU Quad Copter View South into "Creek" territory.


The purpose of GARS is:  1) to promote research into and protection of archaeological sites and artifacts (primarily) in Gwinnett County; 2) to encourage interest in, and activities consistent with, these goals and, 4) document Gwinnett history as it relates to historic and prehistoric sites.    

A major goal of GARS to inform the citizens of Gwinnett County and environs about the significance of our archaeological resources towards the end of public support for preservation, education, and research efforts.

GARS intends to accomplish these aims by:  

Being an advocate for site preservation.  In practical terms this means educating the public through presentations at schools, service organizations and other history-oriented  groups, as well as through public archaeology events and opportunities like Georgia Archaeology Month; cooperating with state organizations and agencies, such as the Historic Preservation Division, Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Archaeological State Files, Society for Georgia Archaeology, and Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, and always encouraging members and the public to report looting or vandalism of archaeological sites to the proper authorities.  

Carrying out scientific investigation of archaeological sites under professional guidance.  Research efforts by GARS range from archival and documentary research to actual archaeological survey and excavation projects, to final reports that document the results of studies.  Part of this effort includes publicizing archaeological opportunities offered by other responsible organizations such as the Lamar Institute or Coosawattee Foundation, as well in involving the public in certain of our own studies.  The level of work carried out by members of GARS under professional guidance adheres to the same standards as those followed by Cultural Resource Management (CRM) professionals, but will not substitute for, or conflict with, formal CRM studies that are required by law under certain circumstances.  

Making archaeological news available to members and the public. Although limited in scope, GARS will try to keep the community informed, mainly through this web site, the Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin (GAB)*, and Society programs about local (County, State or Regional) archaeology and related historical studies.  Back issues of GAB can be found using the Newsletter button.

Recovering and Preserving Our Past 

You don't have to be Indiana Jones to enjoy the adventure of archaeology. If you would like to learn more about archaeology and help recover the rich cultural history of greater Gwinnett, considered joining the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society. GARS is an organization of professional and avocational archaeologists and interested individuals and families who share a keen interest in history - both prehistoric and historic. The scope of our projects includes archival research, archaeological survey, scientific excavation, artifact analysis and publication of results. As GARS' projects suggest, there is need for a wide range of interests and skills.

GARS works with community organizations, such as the Gwinnett Historical Society and the Environmental and Heritage Center to provide the larger environmental and historic context for archaeological investigations, and to educate the public on the need to study and preserve our heritage.   

Site Loss

An alarming number of Georgia's (and the world's) archaeological and historic sites are being lost mostly due to development.  For more on this critical issue go to:

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