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A Cultural Resource Survey of Placentia Canal, Chatham County, Georgia

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Research on the Placentia Canal project, Chatham County, Georgia, consisted of a historic documents search and an archeological survey. The project area is on the eastern fringes of the City of Savannah and on the western margin of Thunderbolt, Georgia. A two- hundred- foot-wide corridor along the existing 2.5-mile-long canal right-of-way was surveyed. No significant archeological sites were identified within the field through either field survey or a check of the State of Georgia Archaeological Site Files. Historic documentation indicates that Placentia Canal was constructed through or near the Placentia Plantation between 1877 and 1887. Construction of this and other related canal systems was stimulated by the Savannah yellow fever epidemic of 1876. Future excavation or construction within the Placentia Canal corridor will not impact significant archeological or historical cultural resources.