Savannah River Drainage

On the Savannah River these include the Refuge site, Groton Plantation (Stoltman 1976) and several projects conducted by the Savannah River Site staff (Sassaman 1989, 1990). Further upriver projects conducted on several lakes combine to give us an idea of the pottery resources available there (Wood 1986).

A great deal of work has been done along the coast as a result of Federal permitting regulations so a casual observer might conclude that the people were highly concentrated there. The background research shows this is not the case, however, there have just been more sites recorded along the coast. Pottery use began as a coastal phenomenon, and moved northward from the mouth of the Savannah area. Pretty much every island on the coast large enough to develop has seen considerable excavation. The emphasis on pottery in most of these studies is variable.

I will summarize work by Chester DePratter, on what is known as the "mouth of the Savannah sequence" (DePratter 1991), Sean Taylor and Carl Steen at Fort Johnson, on Charleston Harbor, Chris Espenshade at Minim Island, in the Santee Delta, and Bobby Southerlin, on Little River Neck, near the North Carolina border.