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Historic Fort Gadsden, Greek Village Becomes Archaeological Site

(1) In 1816, Andrew Jackson ordered the destruction of historic Fort Gadsden, on the Apalachicola River in the Florida Panhandle. Hundreds died in a cataclysmic explosion. This now is a historic site operated by the US Forest Service and open to the public. (2) Residents abandoned the Greek village of Moussai in the 1960s. Now the settlement is decaying. This process of destruction, which archaeologists call "site formation," shows how a living site becomes an archaeological site.




Produced in 2011 by Archaeological Legacy Institute

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Web links:

Fort Gadsden National Historic Site (Apalachicola National Forest)

Fort Gadsden and the “Negro Fort” on the Apalachicola (ExploreSouthernHistory.com)

Historic Sites (Apalachicola National Forest)

Site Formation Processes (About.com)