Welcome to the GCAP Blog!

Welcome to the blog of the Garden Creek Archaeological Project, also known as GCAP! GCAP is a multi-stage research project headed up by me, Alice Wright. I’m a graduate student at the University of Michigan. For my dissertation, I am studying the history of monument construction and community interactions in the Appalachian Summit of North Carolina. Specifically, I’m working at the Garden Creek mound and village site outside of Canton, NC.
There are several different components of GCAP: analyzing collections from the 1966 UNC-Chapel Hill excavations of Garden Creek Mound No. 2, using non-invasive geophysical techniques to survey and map the village, and conducting targeted excavations of remains within the village in Summer 2011. I see this blog as a virtual “meeting place” for anyone interested in the project. Over the course of the excavation season, my crew and I will use the blog to tell you about our findings. We welcome all questions, and hope that you check back regularly to share in our discoveries!
Forty-five years after the excavations of Garden Creek Mound No. 2, we returned to the site in March 2011 to learn about the contemporaneous village. These test excavations will guide our work in Summer 2011.

Even at this early stage of the project, we must extend our heartfelt thanks to several people: Bennie Keel; Bob and Julie Cathey, Joe Worley, Will Warren, and other local residents; Wayne Carson and the Canton Area Historical Museum; Scott Ashcraft; and John Wright and Rita Pelczar. With continued support from and collaborations with these and other individuals, we hope to generate new knowledge about the history of western North Carolina that will be of interest to the local community in addition to archaeologists.

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About Alice Wright

Alice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She tweets about archaeology, Appalachia, and cats @alicepwright.
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