Stallings Island

Stallings Island is an archeological site with shell mounds, located in the Savannah River near Augusta, Georgia. The site is the namesake for the Stallings culture of the Late Archaic period and for Stallings fiber-tempered pottery, the oldest known pottery in North America. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.[2][3] Stallings Island pottery found in coastal Georgia was formerly called St. Simons pottery, but is now recognized as Stallings Island.[4]

Stallings Island
Stallings Island is located in Georgia
Stallings Island
Stallings Island is located in the United States
Stallings Island
LocationColumbia County, Georgia, USA
Nearest cityAugusta, Georgia
Coordinates33°33′39.4″N 82°2′47.4″W / 33.560944°N 82.046500°W / 33.560944; -82.046500Coordinates: 33°33′39.4″N 82°2′47.4″W / 33.560944°N 82.046500°W / 33.560944; -82.046500
NRHP reference No.66000279
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLJanuary 20, 1961[2]

Description and historyEdit

Stallings Island is located upriver of Augusta, in an area known as the Ninety-Nine Islands, just downriver of the mouth of Stevens Creek. The island was occupied from about 2600 B.C.E. to about 2000 B.C.E., and again from about 1800 B.C.E. to 1400 B.C.E. The site was occupied during the first period by people of the Paris Island (ca. 2500-2200 B.C.E.) and Mill Branch (ca. 2200-1800 B.C.E.) phases, pre-ceramic traditions that harvested large numbers of freshwater mussels. During the second period the site was occupied by people of the Classic Stallings culture, who used decorated pottery. The earliest, undecorated, Stallings ceramics first appeared at other sites while Stallings Island itself was unoccupied.[5] The site represents a transitional period, in which hunter-gatherer culture was gradually replaced by more sedentary village and agriculture-based lifestyles.[6]

The island was identified as an archaeological site in 1861, and has been the subject of several scientific excavations. It has also been subject to extensive looting, and was listed for many years as a threatened landmark. The island was acquired by the Archaeological Conservancy in 1998.[6]

Stallings Island Middle School in Martinez, GA was named after this site.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Stallings Island". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
  3. ^ Note: A National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination document should be available upon request from the National Park Service for this site (perhaps redacted to remove location information), but it appears not to be available on-line from the NPS Focus search site.
  4. ^ "St. Simons Incised and Punctated". University of Georgia Department of Anthropology. Archived from the original on April 18, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  5. ^ Sassaman, Blessing, and Randall:539, 540, 551
  6. ^ a b "NHL Network, Spring 1998" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-27.