mhSupported Research



Leake Site Swift Creek Complicated Stamped Design Study

This project involves the 3D data collection of the designs stamped into the exterior of Swift Creek vessels recovered from the Leake Site. Located in northwest Georgia, Leake was a large multi-mound ceremonial center at which people from throughout the Southeast and the Midwest came together. Several thousand complicated stamped sherds have been recovered from the site, including one that was shown through ceramic petrography to have been made at the Mann Site, a Hopewellian ceremonial center in southwestern Indiana. A visual effort to match designs found at Leake with those from other sites resulted in 13 matches to other sites in Georgia and Florida. It is expected that this design collection and analysis effort will identify many more matches of Leake pottery with that from other Swift Creek sites throughout the Southeast, and possibly with the few sites in the Midsouth and the Midwest that contain Swift Creek pottery.


Colonial Era Firearm Bullet Performance: A Live Fire Experimental Study for Archaeological Interpretation

The results of this live fire experiment with Colonial and Revolutionary War firearms are a beginning for the investigation of late pre-modern gun use. To determine what happens when large-caliber lead balls were used in combat or hunting we observed impacts of experimentally fired balls into ballistic gelatin, an accepted tissue simulant with end coverings to simulate clothing of the era, and into a sand backstop. We also used a wooden palisade made up of dry loblolly pine, green loblolly pine, live oak, and maple palings to obtain bullet impact information. Projectile deformation associated with varied ranges were catalogued. The results of these experiments will permit archaeologists to better interpret recovered projectiles.



Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Petroglyphs Path

The Petroglyphs Path project’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, digital archive of the historic petroglyphs on the Summit Trail of Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain is located approximately 16 miles East of Atlanta, Georgia. Petroglyphs recorded on the Summit trail date from the 1860’s to the present. A total of 652 petroglyphs were recorded during the survey and are presented here in an interactive webmap.