Originally created 12/19/06

Archaeological site will become N. Augusta park



NORTH AUGUSTA - There will soon be another park in North Augusta.

The city council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to approve a deed restriction for the Riverfront Indian Village archaeological site in the Hammond's Ferry development.

According to the resolution, the South Carolina Department of Transportation will pay the city the value of the 10.23-acre land, which is $168,795, or $16,500 per acre. The North Augusta Riverfront Co. will develop the property as a public park.

"This is something we've known about for some time. It's just the official signing-off process," said Mayor Lark Jones.

The American Indian village covers about 5 acres of the property.

The park will include a portion of the land that is required to remain undeveloped since it was not excavated. The park also will include part of the site where human remains were discovered.

The park's design will be subject to approval by the city.

The excavation, which was completed this summer, produced more than 100,000 artifacts from the Mississippian Period, from A.D. 1000 to 1600. The artifacts include crystal quartz projective points, ceramic shards, deer and turtle bones, American Indian and European pipe fragments and trade beads.

In other business, Greenville, S.C., consultant Bob Knight said a ground-breaking ceremony for the second phase of the Palmetto Parkway is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the top of the bridge at U.S. Highway 1.

The Palmetto Parkway, or Interstate 520, is an extension of Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta. Phase II of the project will extend for about six miles from U.S. Highway 1 to Interstate 20 near exit 5.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (803) 648-1395, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.