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Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Chapters in Athens Heritage

Native People

 
 
Chapters in Athens Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, June 19, 2021
1. Chapters in Athens Heritage Marker
Inscription.  For 11,000 years, Native Americans were part of the river and forest communities, and seasonally hunted and gathered food along the North Oconee River.

About one thousand years ago, after the introduction of maize (corn), native people settled in large villages down stream to grow crops. They continued to hunt, fish and gather edible plants along the floodplains of the North Oconee River basin, which were too narrow to be farmed. Huge chestnut, oak, and hickory trees provided nuts to complement a variety of berries. When the settlers arrived in the 1780s, they harvested the forests and over-farmed the land. This removed the topsoil and choked the rivers with sediments. Today, we understand that the river needs protection and local animals need a forest in which to live.

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The main trading resource of the native people was white-tailed deer skin. Deer were scarce when the settlers arrived. By the end of the 19th century deer were extinct in Georgia. They were reintroduced from other states in 1928

An ear of Maize

To trap fish, the Creek people anchored woven baskets to the
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rocky shoals. Because the water was so clear, large fish like bass were also caught with spears.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 33° 57.465′ N, 83° 21.968′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker can be reached from East Broad Street east of First Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1170 E Broad St, Athens GA 30601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Chapters in Athens Heritage (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Chapters in Athens Heritage (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Chapters in Athens Heritage (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Chapters in Athens Heritage (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Chapters in Athens Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Mill Products (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Mill Products (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Mill Products (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Chapters in Athens Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, June 19, 2021
2. Chapters in Athens Heritage Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 18, 2024