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DeKalb County Historical Markers

Steatite Boulder


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Steatite Boulder
  • Location: Old DeKalb County Courthouse, Decatur

STEATITE BOULDER

This steatite boulder was found on the site

of a prehistoric quarry along Soapstone

Ridge 8 miles south of Decatur. It shows

the methods of Indians in making stone bowls,

with the first girdling of the stone to remove

workable cores. It is estimated to be at least

3,000 years old by archaeologists studying

such remains in central and north Georgia.

The soapstone quarry on River road, DeKalb

County, is the largest found by archaeolo-

gists in Georgia.

044-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1953