An Archaeological Exploration of Little Cumberland Island, Georgia

Exploring Little Cumberland Island, Georgia

Last summer I took a trip to visit a friend on one of Georgia’s Golden Isles to record archaeological sites. Little Cumberland Island (LCI) is a private island owned by an association of homeowners, so it was a wonderful privilege to be invited there at all. The purpose was to record the coordinates of a few surface scatters of artifacts that had become exposed by wave and wind action on the beach and in the sand dunes.

After crossing over from Jekyll Island by boat one afternoon, and spending a lovely evening with my hosts, we started bright and early the following morning on our peregrinations, as we knew the day would be hot. There was still no way to imagine just how hot! It felt like 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade, with 100% humidity, by eleven o’clock in the morning! But we pushed on through, and visited and recorded several sites including a couple Archaic period shell middens, a prehistoric ceramic-making site, as well as a Union sailor’s relocated grave, and the lovely tabby lighthouse.

An Archaic Shell-Midden on LCI

An Archaic Shell-Midden on LCI

LCI Lighthouse

LCI Lighthouse

It was a unique experience that I hope to repeat some day, and I am indebted to my hosts for their hospitality and the opportunity to visit a special place that even most Georgians never see. And we even got to see the wild horses on the beach!

LCI's Wild Horses

LCI’s Wild Horses

“The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright….”

Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter, 1872

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