Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jeffrey B. Glover

Second Advisor

Nicola Sharratt

Third Advisor

Frank L'Engle Williams


As the city of Atlanta rapidly expands, burial grounds that have been lost in history are being rapidly rediscovered. This project surveyed three historic, African American burial sites in North Georgia with the aim of documenting the sites for preservation purposes. Survey methodologies included ground-penetrating radar and ground probing. Site histories were compiled using archival data, oral history collection, and the analysis of historic maps. Ground-penetrating radar results were compared with previous surveys for verification. This work has been conducted through the framework of archaeological praxis, where the project design and implementation was conducted in consultation with local stakeholders with the ultimate goal of benefitting community members and stakeholders. Additionally, this research provides a case study for the benefits of community-based archaeological projects. Deliverables included georeferenced maps, processed GPR data, and comprehensive site histories built upon both archival data and the unwritten, oral histories provided by individual, community members and community-based organizations.


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