Archaeology of the War of 1812

Brockington is pleased to announce Scott Butler’s inclusion in a new volume highlighting the archaeology of the War of 1812. A Senior Archaeologist in our Atlanta office, Mr. Butler lead a project related to the War of 1812 in 2003 at Point Peter, near St. Marys, Georgia. Point Peter was a United States Army garrison manned by infantry and riflemen. In 1814, the 80 men stationed at Point Peter retreated in the face of 800 British troops.

Brockington’s 2003 project identified the remains of burned barracks, a large trash heap, a well, and a privy at Point Peter, as well as a wealth of artifacts related to the site’s military history. Bones recovered from the trash heap showed that the U.S. troops had supplemented their rations with wild game, fish, and mollusks. Species included deer, beaver, opossum, muskrat, duck, alligator, stingray, and more. Expensive ceramics and glassware found in the well and privy may be the result of the later British occupation of the garrison. British troops were widely reported to have looted the surrounding plantations. It is likely that they brought the fine china and glass vessels taken from the plantation houses back to Point Peter, where they were used and consumed by the celebrating troops. Many of the artifacts recovered from Point Peter are now on display at the National Park Service Museum in St. Marys.

Mr. Butler’s article on Point Peter is one of many fascinating works included in the Archaeology of the War of 1812, edited by Michael T. Lucas and Julie M. Schablitsky. Just like the War of 1812, the book spans the length of the continental United States, from the Great Lakes to the Chesapeake, and from the Midwest to the South.

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