Archaeology - Anne

William F Stiles from The Museum of the   American Indian ,Heye Foundation  stayed with us while  my parents were excavating a clay mound near Brown's landing.  Be sure to check out the photo taken by William  Stiles of my mother working in  the trench.    I wanted to know when they were going to find the gold .  What  did I know at thirteen.   There seemed to be lots of archaeologists  staying with us or stopping by to check on my parents latest location of  any newly discovered  mounds including Clemons de Bailou ,   Dr A. R . Kelly , Rebeka Burgess.  and Dave Phelps.      

It's amazing how my parents could get a major museum to send William F Stiles to see  the site they were excavating .  In a letter written by the noted archaeologist Dr. A.R. Kelley he  writes " It's a curious coincidence that my friendship with doctors and all surgeons at that , has been critical to serious work in different parts of Georgia during the past 25 years. 


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The mysterious pot or urn with the badly drawn figure.

There was nothing in this artifact when I mother found it .It's a mystery why anyone would think that anyone would waste their time redrawing something so messy , What would they go by to change the figure. The only thing I can think of they used a dremel tool and it went berserk .and just messed it more. Maybe it looked better before the berserk dremel tool incident .

When would my parents have the time to fiddle with the pot .My father was a general surgeon ,he hunted, both parents fished , then the horses kept the family busy and then all his affairs took up alot of his time too , The archeology was expensive. They would take archeologists to and from sites , offer my bedroom, food , dinner all you could eat and if students needed laundry done yes that was done at our house on and on. Mom was always gluing pots or urns in the den . There must have been four card tables with potsherds being glued . So why did they get fed up well it was the bickering about identifying pottery types . Think Bill Edwards was another factor ..