21 December 2008


So here's a recent article I read about Ossabaw Island, A local landmark and heritage preserve here in Georgia.

By Russ BynumAssociated Press writerPosted: Dec. 19, 2008 10:42 a.m.Updated: Dec. 19, 2008 10:45 a.m.
SAVANNAH - Exposed by erosion at the edge of a crumbling bluff, the pit discovered beneath 2 feet of sandy dirt at first appeared to be a grave just long and deep enough to bury a human body.
An excavation by archaeologists on Ossabaw Island revealed something more puzzling - just a few small bones, apparently from fingers or toes, mixed with charcoal, bits of burned logs and pottery shards more than 1,000 to 3,000 years old.
The find has led researchers to suspect that American Indians used the ancient pit to burn bodies of the dead, making it a rare example of cremation among the early native inhabitants of the southeastern U.S.

The island has a website here that is quite informative and interesting.

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