The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS)
A new GARS Home Page is under construction.  All current news can be found on our Facebook Page, and in issues of our Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin at: GAB Archives    Retrospective: 2014 6th Annual Frontier Faire Photos

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The next regular monthly meeting of GARS, following the summer break, will be on September 10 in the Archaeology Lab and Meeting Room of the Fort Daniel Foundation, 2505 Braselton Hwy (124), Buford, 7 - 9 p.m.  Program to be announced.

 7th Annual Frontier Faire Coming

Retrospetive: 2014 6th Annual Frontier Faire Photos 


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.

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:

Archaeology & The Law

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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.

       FDF member Wayne Stencil and grandson enjoy Fort Daniel Reconstruction display


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.   


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