Mystery Unearthed Behind City Hall



Contractors working for Georgia Power on a new ferry shelter landing on Rousakis Plaza, unearthed an archaeological mystery.

An intact jug, buried six feet down in their construction site, was passed along to the City’s Research Library & Municipal Archives department. Working with local experts they will determine when the jug was made and the purpose it may have served.

Due to the location, City staff believes the jug might date back to when the port of Savannah was located along River Street.

It may have been an item that was imported or exported through the port. Inside the jug a dark, oily substance smelling of fish was discovered.

The jug also seems to feature a salt glaze and exhibits show marks around the neck and base, with no visible potter’s marks.

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