About 33,858 artefacts believed to be of slave period origin dated to roughly 1750 have been excavated at a road construction site in Georgia, U.S.
The artefacts, according to sources, include a Mexican coin punctured with a small hole, nails from long-decayed wooden dwellings, and broken bits of plates and bottles are among thousands of artifacts unearthed from what archaeologists suspect were once slave quarters at the site of a planned highway project in Savannah.
The discovery, a source says, happened few days ago when a team hired to survey the site by the Georgia Department of Transportation spent three months excavating 20 acres of undeveloped woods tucked between a convenience store and apartments off busy Abercorn Extension on Savannah's suburban south side.
“Archaeologist Rita Elliott said the project yielded a staggering 33,858 artefacts believed to date from about 1750 until after the Civil War.
“Historical records show that a wealthy Savannah attorney named William Miller owned a large plantation at the site and at one time had 87 slaves, Elliott said. Archaeologists didn't find the main plantation house but believe many of the artifacts they found are consistent with slave dwellings”.