Archaeological Projects

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.

The next GARS meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18 at Fort Daniel beginning at 7pm. There will be an update on the research and potential dig of Fort Harrison and an update on a recent impromptu survey of a private property located near Fort Daniel. There will also be discussion on upcoming dig opportunities that will be occurring over the fall and winter.

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

Contact Information

Each month GARS strives to participate in either an archaeological excavation or a field trip. Keep an eye on this page or GARS Facebook page for any upcoming field trips.

Mission Statement

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



Field Trips

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society

GARS c/o Delana Gilmore, President
2505 Braselton Highway
Buford, GA 30519

There are several projects in the works, so please 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.
  • William Harris Homestead: Dr. Kate Deeley has been planning with Dotty Zazworski for a return visit to the William Harris Homestead this fall to continue the Archaeological Resource Survey fieldwork carried out several months ago. Further research by Kate (including a slave census that indicates the number of slave cabins!) suggests to her that we may have been looking in right area but the wrong place. At this time a date has not been decided, but an email will be sent out to those who are interested when a date is known.

GARS will be continuing with the Wynne-Russell project and recently finished a small survey of the Henry Site (See GAB September 2018). If you are interested in participating in GARS archaeological projects, please email Delana Gilmore, GARS President.

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