Stephen D. Dilk
FROM QUIET WOODS TO TIDE KISSED SHORE: SEARCHING FOR THE COLONIAL PORT OF SUNBURY, GEORGIA
(Under the direction of Professor Nathan Richards) Department of History, April 2012
This thesis chronicles efforts to examine a unique colonial waterfront complex in Sunbury, Georgia comprised of four distinct colonial wharf sites. To carry out an explanation of these features and Sunbury's overall land-water interface, this thesis utilizes Immanuel Wallerstein's World-Systems Theory in conjunction with extensive historical research and archaeological survey. The project's primary aim will be to identify novel aspects of Sunbury's economy and society through archaeology. Secondary goals include an investigation into the port's role locally and abroad. A corollary to this aim will be to connect the lifespan of the wharf sites to larger forces affecting the town.