Five archeologists from the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) spent twelve days in March conducting a remote sensing survey at Fort Frederica National Monument (FOFR) as part of a project to identify and document subsurface cultural features at the park. Remote sensing allows SEAC to conduct non-invasive mapping of archeological sites to determine where cultural deposits may exist. Once the survey data has been completely analyzed, it will provide new insights into portions of the site that are not as well documented archeologically as other portions of the site.
If you are unfamiliar with Fort Frederica, it was established in 1736 along the southeast coast of present-day Georgia. The fort was built on St. Simons Island, along the Frederica River, by General James Oglethorpe to help defend the British colony of Georgia from attack by the Spanish in Florida. The town of Frederica was established next to the fort and both were surrounded by an outer defensive wall. As military needs changed, the fort was abandoned in the mid-18th century and the town would follow suit in the late 18th century.