Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society
2505 Braselton Highway
Buford, GA 30519

Mission Statement

Archaeological Projects

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society is planning a field trip to the Sandy Creek Nature Center on Saturday, June 26 from 10am to 2:30pm. For information download the flyer. If you are interested in going, please email your response by noon on Friday, June 25. 

Keep an eye on this page or GARS Facebook page for any upcoming events.

Monthly Meetings

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Fort Daniel Archaeological Site (2505 Braselton Hwy, Buford, GA). Beginning at 7pm, the monthly meetings consist of a short business meeting and special presentations on various subjects from recent archaeological investigations to historical sites.

Since the threat of COVID-19 is cancelling several events (including GARS meetings), GARS officers had to think out of the box--digitally and virtually. GARS President Anne Dorland and the other officers like to introduce the new GARS digital platform, Digital GARS, which includes a blog and a members forum. The latest "digital meeting" is now available: Cherokee Basketry-History and Culture written by GARS Vice President, Jenn Tran, Historian at New South Associates. 

Field Trips

Contact Information

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society educates the public about the local archaeological resources and advocates the preservation of these sites.

There are several projects in the works, which might include returning to previous archaeological projects: Graves Soapstone and Fort Peachtree! However, keep checking this page or GARS Facebook page for updates. Below is a list of some projects:

  • Hills Mill Site: A Phase I Archaeological Resource Survey is being planned for this summer or early fall at the original site of Hills Mill. Wayne and Eli Stancel are Hill descendants who have located and researched the site. With some mill features still clearly visible, this should prove to be an exciting and fruitful investigation. The survey will include a pedestrian survey of the site to determine its boundaries based on visible features, systematic metal detection, and limited shovel testing. Additional help will be needed for processing any collected artifacts, which after careful study, will be turned over the County. The fieldwork will be done on one or two weekend days.
  • Fort Harrison Site: Another Phase I Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey is in the early stages of development and will also probably be done during the summer or early fall. Tyler Holman has been researching the location of Fort Harrison—second in the line of forts after Fort Daniel along the Hawkins Line frontier. This survey would be similar to the Hills Mill survey but relying more on metal detection and mapping its results since there are no above-ground features—like at Fort Daniel. GARS members will be informed through email with the specific date.

If interested in these projects, email GARS.