What's Happening at Garden Creek Today?
The Plott family sold their property at Garden Creek in the 1950's, and in 1958, the first houses of a neighborhood development were built. The Garden Creek archaeological site is still currently situated in a residential area. Although such development dramatically impacts the archaeological record, the presence of local residential community presents an opportunity to cultivate grassroots archaeological stewardship and a sense of preservation for local histories. GCAP was only possible thanks to the generosity, patience, and assistance of families who live on what remains of the centuries-old Garden Creek site. Considering the many threats facing the archaeological record of Native North America – looting, erosion, development, plowing, and more – these sorts of partnerships between archaeologists and neighbors with sites literally in their backyards charts a way forward for archaeological discovery and site preservation in the 21st century.