Georgia's Hidden Treasures: Fernbank Discoveries



ATLANTA -  Channel 2’s Justin Farmer explores a remote dig site as a small army of archeologists from Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History search for treasures that could rewrite Georgia History.

“We’ll take you deep inside the Georgia woods as archeologists, volunteers and students from Georgia State University dig for treasures that are centuries old,” said Farmer.

In 1540, Hernando DeSoto became the first European to explore the interior of Georgia. Modern historians first charted

his trek in Georgia to the Ocmulgee River near Macon, GA. But recent discoveries by Fernbank have raised serious new questions about DeSoto’s original route.

“Channel 2 is excited to partner with Atlanta’s renowned Fernbank Museum of Natural History to showcase this important and fascinating work,” said Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV.

Since 2006, the Fernbank expedition has unearthed beads, iron tools and other artifacts. The very first rare bead was found by a teenage volunteer. Farmer takes viewers through the painstaking process of digging in the forest and gives a behind the scenes look at what happens to artifacts before they are put on public display.

WHAT: Georgia’s Hidden Treasures: Fernbank Discoveries

WHO: Channel 2’s Justin Farmer

WHEN: Wednesday 8:00 p.m., August 29th, 2012

WHERE: Channel 2 WSB-TV


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About Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Since 1992, Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History has provided a gateway for discovery and exploration, unfolding the story of the earth’s history, the environment and human culture through exhibitions, films in the IMAX® Theatre, and innovative programs. Visitors come face to face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from around the world, and engage in learning through a variety of hands-on programs, including Family Fun Days, Summer Camps, afterschool programs, and more. Fernbank Museum features a world-renowned archaeology research program and the country’s only 65-acre urban Piedmont forest, which continue to offer unmatched experiences that inspire visitors with science. Fernbank is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction awarded to the top 5 percent of museums nationwide.

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