2012-11-15 / Front Page

Archaeologists to research location of Carr’s Fort site along Beaverdam Creek


Archaeologist Dan Elliot, whose field team explored Kettle Creek Battlefield, will return to Wilkes County in January to study Revolutionary War action at Carr’s Fort. Archaeologist Dan Elliot, whose field team explored Kettle Creek Battlefield, will return to Wilkes County in January to study Revolutionary War action at Carr’s Fort. Archaeologists will be returning to Wilkes County early next year to explore a largely unknown Revolutionary War battlefield.

“Wilkes County was a hotbed of Patriotism in the American Revolution,” said archaeologist Dan Elliot with the LAMAR Institute, Inc. in Savannah. “The county is dotted with about 35 frontier forts from that period. Military action at one of these, Captain Robert Carr’s Wilkes County militia fort and farmstead, took place on February 10, 1779, only four days before the historic battle of Kettle Creek.”

Elliot spoke to the Wilkes County Commission meeting last week to inform local citizens of the upcoming expedition. In June, 2008, Elliot led the LAMAR expedition at Kettle Creek battlefield that helped researchers fully understand the action that took place in that battle. “I look forward to returning to Wilkes County with our field crew in January,” he said.

Historical research for the Carr’s Fort study is already underway, he said, and the fieldwork in Wilkes County is scheduled to begin on January 28 and last through February 15 or later if bad weather prevails.

“Our focus is on the Beaverdam Creek watershed of southwestern Wilkes County,” Elliot said. “We are currently seeking permission from landowners for additional access to tracts that are likely to contain archaeological traces of the American Revolution.”

The project is an outgrowth of LAMAR Institute’s earlier involvement in the Kettle Creek battlefield study that was sponsored by the City of Washington and funded by the Preserve America grant program of the National Park Service. The upcoming project is sponsored by the LAMAR Institute, Inc., with major funding from a 2012 research grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, and additional support by the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association, the LAMAR Institute, and others.

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