History Of Savannah

Dated: 08/17/2017

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF Savannah THE FIRST INHABITANTS 

Savannah has a rich and fascinating history which, in many ways, begins with the Native Americans who hunted and fished in the region as early as 10,000 BCE. These indigenous people began as hunter-gatherers, but archaeological evidence found in the Savannah area indicates that by 3,500 BCE, they formed agricultural settlements in the region. Large circular mounds of oyster shells from that period, known as SHELL RINGS, indicate that shellfish served an important protein source. The shell rings can still be seen today but, their larger significance remains unknown. By the first millennium BCE, these agriculturalists became traders and merged with the widespread MISSISSIPPIAN culture that linked the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico waterways with Central American trade. Members of the Mississippian culture from the Gulf to the Ohio Valley were ceremonial mound builders. Locally, the most celebrated of these sites is the IRENE MOUNDS, located approximately five miles upstream from the present City of Savannah. The Irene Mounds were originally excavated in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, which employed African-American women as archaeological workers. The collection of pottery and other artifacts taken from the mounds is now housed at the University of Georgia in Athens. Pots from this time have characteristic incised markings, representing an era in Mississippian culture known as the “IRENE PERIOD.”


This is an excerpt from a manual written by Barbara C. Fertig

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