De Soto traces exhibited in Atlanta

At Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, visitors can see the results of a new excavation in a remote corner of southeastern Georgia.

The expedition leader, Dennis Blanton, believes the most convincing explanation for the presence of 16th-century Spanish beads and metalwork there is a visit from Hernando De Soto and his men, who may have passed through on their search for gold.

"De Soto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia" continues until March 1, 2011.