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The rights to old graveyards in Georgia

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


At the April meeting of the Oconee Historical Society Tom Gresham will talk about old family burials/cemeteries and the rights the descendants have in visiting, upkeep and preserving them in Georgia.

Tom Gresham was born and reared in Aiken, South Carolina, where he collected arrowheads with his parents from a very early age. He pursued his hobby and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in anthropology (emphasis in archeology) from the University of Georgia. He conducted his graduate work on cave sites in northern Somalia and then continued intermittent work in that country until 1990.

In 1983 he co-founded Southeastern Archeological Services, a consulting firm based in Athens, and now serves as company president. He was president of Historic Oglethorpe County for many years and is active in the Society for Georgia Archaeology. In 1993 he was appointed to Georgia’s Council on American Indian Concerns, where he served as the archeologist for that Council until 2012, focusing on burial issues. He has been active in the protection of Indian burials, archaeological sites, and cemeteries.
He lives with his wife Gisela and two dogs in the Wolfskin area of Oglethorpe County.

Come ready to ask questions.

The rights to old graveyards in Georgia


April 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Oconee Historical Society


Oconee County Library
1080 Experiment Station Rd
Watkinsville, GA 30677 United States
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(706) 769-3950