The Summer That Paved Over An Indian village

In the summer of 1961, people reacted in horror to the announcement of plans to build Interstate 16 along the Ocmulgee river and right through the site of a prehistoric Indian Creek Village in the Ocmulgee National Monument.  Before the Department of Transportation began construction on the interstate, there was the Ocmulgee Highway Salvage Project, also known as “The Big Dig," where excavations were conducted between 1961 and 1962 in an effort to save any and all artifacts from the area.

Here is a news clip from the 1960's that talks about the building of I-16 that goes through the park.

posted 05/01/2017 in Community


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