Madison Square

Madison Square
Savannah Under Fire archaeologists work in Madison Square, Savannah, GA, surrounded by visitors and citizens interested in our dig.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

“Revolutionary Steps: Marching Towards Discovery and Preservation”

On January 7, the Savannah Under Fire people hosted a symposium at the 2010 Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. The symposium, entitled “Revolutionary Steps: Marching Towards Discovery and Preservation”, was a smashing success. Unfortunately for the audience, it was standing room only at some points. Some of the papers and PowerPoint presentations are available at our Slideshare site. Not all of the papers are formally written, but presenters have included their notes to help you understand the slideshow. Below is a list of all papers presented.

"Archaeology at the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill"
Tariq Abdul Ghaffar
"Ebenezer and Sunbury: Revolutionary War Landscapes of Two Dead Towns in Georgia"
Daniel Thornton Elliott
The LAMAR Institute, Inc.

"Francis Marion, Archaeology, and Heritage Tourism: Archaeological Investigation of Francis Marion’s camp and Redoubt at Dunham’s Bluff, South Carolina"
Steven D. Smith
University of South Carolina

"Hear the Cannons Roar! 20 Years of Metal Detecting at a Revolutionary War Battle Site"
Dan Sivilich

"Hidden Vestiges: An approach to recognizing an 18th-century historic landscape within an urban environment"
Larry B James
University of West Florida

"Identification and Mitigation at the Bufords Massacre Battlefield (29 May 1780), Lancaster County, South Carolina."
Scott Butler

"Meeting at Headquarters: Public archaeology at Valley Forge"
Joseph R. Blondino
Temple University

"Preservation and Public Archaeology at Carleton Island, NY"
Douglas J. Pippin
SUNY Oswego

"Recounting the Revolution: Captivating Imagination through Public Archaeology"
Carin Boone
Temple University

"Rediscovering the Backcountry Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, Georgia"
Daniel Edward Battle
Cypress Cultural Consultants

"The Lost Colonial Port of Sunbury, Georgia"
Christopher P. McCabe, Stephen D. Dilk
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

"The Third Battle of Savannah: An Archaeological Struggle for Identification, Preservation, and Interpretation"
Rita Elliott, Laura Seifert
Coastal Heritage Society

Discussants: Charles Baxley (Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution), Daniel Elliott (LAMAR Institute)


  1. Archaeologists Unveil Revolutionary War Sites; Seek Public Input for Savannah Plan

    What ever happened to all that Revolutionary War archaeology being done in Savannah? What did archaeologists discover? How can people who live, work, and play in Savannah and Chatham County become involved with archaeological sites? Can preserving sites help the area's economy and quality of life? Come to an archaeology presentation and public meeting Feb. 1, 2011 to find out and to offer suggestions. Coastal Heritage Society will reveal Revolutionary War discoveries in Savannah stemming from the two “Savannah Under Fire” projects conducted from 2007-2011. The projects uncovered startling discoveries, including trenches, fortifications, and battle debris. The research also showed that residents and tourists are interested in these sites. Archaeologists will describe the findings and explore ways to generate economic income and increase the quality of life of area residents. Following the presentation the public will be invited to offer comments and suggestions about such resources. Don't miss this rare opportunity to provide input. The meeting is sponsored by the Coastal Heritage Society, through a grant from the National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program. It is free and open to the public. Time: 6-7 p.m. Location: Savannah History Museum auditorium, 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah, Georgia (same building as the Visitors' Center on MLK). Date: Feb. 1, 2011. Thanks!!

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