Logo Soapstone Ridge, near Panola, GA
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Soapstone Ridge is an area of approx. 25 square miles SE of Atlanta.   It was the site of numerous Native American quarries
and workshops, producing bowls and other wares that were traded throughout the present USA.   The workers first girdled
a section of a boulder, then hollowed out the removed core.   This stone ware production dates to the Late Archaic Period
(5000-3000 years ago), prior to the development of pottery.   I've wanted to visit this area for many years; with development
continuing to overrun the area, it was time to head that way.   I located one of the quarry/workshop sites, finding five large
steatite boulders containing evidence of bowl manufacture.



~ Boulder 1 ~
This boulder contains many preforms and scars from removed bowls.


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Bowl_scar



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Boulder_1



Boulder_1-detached_preform
Detached preform



~ Boulder 2 ~

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~ Boulder 3 ~

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Boulder_3_preform
This preform had been worked considerably before being abandoned.


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The preform from another angle.



~ Boulder 4 ~

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Boulder_4_scar



Boulder_4_preform
Detached preform; apparently a reject.



~ Boulder 5 ~

Boulder_5
Partially worked preform



Native American Index To SE USA Index
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