Scope of Collections
The Laboratory of Archaeology curates all collections from Georgia produced by the University of Georgia field schools in addition to collections from all over Georgia as well as surrounding states in addition to some ethnographic and archaeological collections from around the world including Iran, Somalia, and Puerto Rico. These collections represent objects from over 16,000 archaeological sites that include some of Georgia's most significant places, such as Etowah (National Register of Historic Places [NRHP], Ossabaw Island (NRHP), Kolomoki (NRHP), as well as large collections excavated by the Works Project Administration (W.P.A) during the 1930s to 1940s from the Georgia Coast and central Georgia. The Laboratory also houses collections from Spanish period and English sites in Georgia, including collections from the many Native American sites that Hernando de Soto (AD 1539-1543) visited on his trek across the Southeastern United States in the sixteenth century. One of the more substantial collections from Georgia includes materials excavated from St. Catherines Island that relate to one of the most completely excavated Spanish mission in the United States.