Located in the Naturalist Center, this special gallery features rotating displays highlighting items from Fernbank's permanent collection. Topics and themes change regularly.
De Soto's Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia
In 2006, Fernbank Museum launched an archaeological expedition to investigate the history of early contact between Native American Indians and Europeans in Georgia. This exhibit showcases some of the rare artifacts that tell of those encounters and will reveal the significance of the findings.
Among the objects on display are Native American artifacts such as pottery, pipes and stone tools, as well as artifacts carried by the Spanish, highlighted by four distinctive types of glass beads, and objects of iron, brass, and silver. The findings to date have generated intense interest from archaeologists, scholars, historians and the National Geographic Society, which announced a grant to help fund further research.