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Archaeological exploration at the Yahoola High Trestle site in Dahlonega Georgia explored the construction, use, and abandonment of an important component of America’s first gold rush. This trestle was a structure that supplied high-pressure water to hydraulic mining operations in Dahlonega, Georgia, facilitating large-scale mining operations during the industrialization of America. This poster presents the results of archaeological excavations conducted in 2015 and 2016 by student volunteers and members of the local community. These excavations confirm that the trestle was not as substantial as it was originally intended and was systematically disassembled after it became obsolete. Furthermore, this poster demonstrates the utility of archaeological field research to engage students in a meaningful manner, encouraging critical thinking while contributing to community heritage.


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  • Subject
    • History, Anthropology, & Philosophy

  • Event date
    • 11 November 2016

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Dr. Balco is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. His main research focuses on social complexity, material exchange, and pottery analysis in the ancient western Mediterranean, but he also explores historic-period archaeological sites in north Georgia. Jessica Stehlin and Kadee Spears are undergraduate students at University of North Georgia’s Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses. Margaret Riches completed a bachelor’s degree and graduated from University of North Georgia in May, 2016.