In the spring and summer of 2008, American Indians, Etowah staff and volunteers constructed a wattle and daub house utilizing an original archaeological floor plan of a house that was at Etowah around 1250 to 1325 A.D. It was constructed of upright posts with woven green cane (wattle) between each. Daub made of Georgia red clay was mixed with grass and water and "daubed" to the wattle.
While some of Etowah's structures were round, the majority built during the Indian town's densely populated period were square. When the structure is finished by the end of August, 2008 visitors will be able to look inside this replica and see or imagine things inside this house as it would have appeared 700 years ago. The project was supported and funded by the Georgia Indian Council.
Below are scenes of various stages of the wattle and daub house construction:
Cartersville resident Corey Lightfoot who is part Cherokee joins posts to the roof rafters with hemp rope.
Archaeology intern Jacquelyn Carrubba bundles thatch before being applied to roof.
Local school teacher volunteer Carmen Gonzalez mixes daub and grass mixture.
Visitors get first glijmpse of house during free day on June 14th.
Volunteer Mason Harris, 16, of Cartersville applies daub to a drip slope at the base of the wattle and daub house.