Digging History

The land on which today’s Georgians live has been inhabited by people for over 19,000 years, yet settlers arrived from Europe and Africa only centuries ago. Learn about the pre-historic and coastal people who lived in this region. This program allows participants to examine their local environment and utilize information-processing skills to compare and contrast other cultures. Participants engage in an archaeological simulation to examine cultural artifacts.

Georgia Standards of Excellence

SS8H1 Evaluate the impact of European exploration and settlement on American Indians in Georgia.

  • a. Describe the characteristics of American Indians living in Georgia at the time of European contact; to include culture, food, weapons/tools, and shelter.
  • b. Explain reasons for European exploration and settlement of North America, with emphasis on the interests of the Spanish and British in the Southeastern area.

SS8H2 Analyze the colonial period of Georgia’s history.

  • a. Explain the importance of the Charter of 1732, including the reasons for settlement (philanthropy, economics, and defense).
  • b. Analyze the relationship between James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove in establishing the city of Savannah at Yamacraw Bluff.


Scientific method, anthropology, archaeology, hypothesis, artifact, excavation, Global Positioning System (GPS), compass, stratigraphy, carbon dating, Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Guale Indians