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Searching For Spanish Footprints: Recent Geophysical Prospection On Sapelo Island, Georgia

Author(s): Tyler Stumpf ; Vanessa Hanvey ; Richard Jefferies

Year: 2017

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The Sapelo Island Mission Period Archaeological Project (SIMPAP) has been conducting research on Sapelo Island, Georgia since 2003 in search of the Mission San Joseph de Sapala. Previous test excavations have produced potential architectural features and Spanish artifacts, while previous geophysical feasibility surveys hint at the presence of unique anomalies warranting further investigation. During the summer of 2016, University of Kentucky personnel conducted new ground-penetrating radar and magnetometry surveys across the site with the goal of locating and defining architectural anomalies associated with the suspected Mission structures. The survey focused on areas north of and adjacent to previous test excavations where evidence of architectural features and Spanish artifacts were located. This poster presents the results of the GPR and magnetometer surveys and discusses the results, in combination with previous archaeological evidence, to suggest the locations of Mission period structures.

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Searching For Spanish Footprints: Recent Geophysical Prospection On Sapelo Island, Georgia. Tyler Stumpf, Vanessa Hanvey, Richard Jefferies. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429076)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15525

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America