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Conveyed in Clay

Using pottery as a lens, this permanent indoor exhibit explores 5,000 years of human history, from the oldest pots discovered in North America to the introduction of Spanish majolica in the mission era.

Featuring a selection of objects from the St. Catherines Island Foundation and Edward John Noble Foundation Collection, this new permanent exhibition examines how Native Americans adapted to changes in natural and cultural conditions through the evolution of their pottery. From the invention of simple pinch pots to the progressive engineering of more advanced coil pots, visitors will explore the innovative designs and the introduction of decorative embellishment as cultures interacted.

Exhibit Highlights

  • Explores 5,000 years of human history, including some of the oldest pots discovered in North America, made in Georgia
  • Features insights from Fernbank's own research in Georgia

Did you know?

  • The oldest pottery in North America was made in Georgia 5,000 years ago and can be seen in Conveyed in Clay.
  • The St. Catherines Island Foundation and Edward John Noble Foundation Collection includes more than one million artifacts recovered from archaeological work on St. Catherines Island, Georgia.
  • Fernbank Museum has conducted archaeological research in Telfair County and Coffee County, Georgia.