River Basin Surveys Papers, No. 6: Rembert Mounds, Elbert County, Georgia

Author(s): Joseph R. Caldwell

Year: 1953


The River Basin Surveys concept marks a nationwide acceptance by archaeologists of a leading role in the conservationist movement. If one agrees that an increment of archaeological knowledge has value, then it follows that every time a site is excavated ahead of inundation the act is one of preservation of a national as well as an intellectual resource. Beginning in 1945, the River Basin Survey Papers describe inter-agency salvage archaeological projects in thirteen states which include Oregon, New Mexico, Kansas, Texas, Georgia, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Virginia, Washington, California, and North Carolina. The River Basin Surveys Papers were published between 1953 and 1967 and include 39 individual reports.

During an archeological survey of the Clark Hill Reservoir in Georgia and South Carolina, by Carl F. Miller and the writer from January 12 to June 1, 1948, a number of test excavations were made at the site of the former Rembert mounds. This important group, almost totally destroyed since it was first described by William Bartram in 1773 (Van Doren, 1928, pp. 265-66), has never adequately been treated in a scientific report, and indeed is scarcely mentioned in any recent publication dealing with southeastern archeology. The waters of the new Clark Hill Reservoir will cover the place sometime in 1952, and it is possible that no more digging ever will be done.

Cite this Record

River Basin Surveys Papers, No. 6: Rembert Mounds, Elbert County, Georgia. Joseph R. Caldwell. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin ,154. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. 1953 ( tDAR id: 124466) ; doi:10.6067/XCV89K4C2F

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.897; min lat: 33.468 ; max long: -81.909; max lat: 34.321 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Sponsor(s): Smithsonian Insitution

Record Identifiers

River Basin Survey Papers(s): 6

NADB document id number(s): 376671

NADB citation id number(s): 000000059809

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
river-basin-surveys-papers-v-6-the-rembert-mounds-elbert-count... 4.04mb Mar 14, 2013 3:04:04 PM Public