The Spring 2014 President’s Message has been posted. It has been a busy spring for the SGA; read on for SGA President Tammy Herron’s report on recent events in Georgia archaeology, including the launch of the new research grant!
Attend one of our two meetings each year and meet avocational and professional archaeologists. The spring meeting is during Archaeology Month, in May. Check our calendar for the date of the next meeting!
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Please join in and help celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month 2014! Your event will be included in the calendar of events brochure, which will be distributed statewide and well as posted on the SGA website. This year’s Archaeology Month theme is “Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever.” To submit an event, complete this form and submit it to Melissa McKay. Click here for a pdf of the call for events that you can share. Read the full article to learn more.
The SGA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources to sponsor student research grants for 2014. Deadline for application is 1 September 2014. Details in the full story.
Dr. Timothy Pauketat will deliver a talk on the archaeology of Cahokia as part of the The Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture series next week on Thursday, March 27, at the Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Please make plans to join us on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at Red Top Mountain State Park for the Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. More details will follow soon regarding the meeting and registration. This year’s theme for Archaeology Month 2014 is “Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever.” Once again, we will post a brochure of events on the website regarding archaeology-related happenings scheduled around the state during the month of May. Stay tuned!
Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild members and archaeologist Dr. Jack T. Wynn of the University of North Georgia will examine, record, and identify your prehistoric artifact collections and discuss their function. All are invited to bring their prehistoric artifacts for identification. There will also be a primitive technology demonstration by Brian Floyd. The event will take place in the meeting room at the United Community Bank Building, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, in Dahlonega, Georgia from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th. This is a great learning opportunity for adults and children alike.
On February 24, 1864, the gates opened at Camp Sumter, a Civil War POW camp located in Americus, Georgia. Learn about the archaeology of Camp Sumter, now the Andersonville National Historic Site, in this excellent article by SGA member Amanda Morrow.
At the next meeting of the GAAS, Dr. Adam King will give a presentation on his recent fieldwork at Etowah. His talk, “Summer Testing at the Etowah Site,” will focus on results of remote sensing and targeted test excavations at Etowah. The meeting will be held at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
The latest edition of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS) newsletter, Atlanta Antiquity, is now available. Access a copy by clicking here.
Former SGA president Catherine Long reports on the Seventh Biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts , held Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1 at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center. The symposium included tours of historic properties in Athens and a presentation on ceramics by SGA’s own Dan Elliot.
The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet on Thursday, January 30th, at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill located at 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway just off I-20 in Augusta, Georgia. Archaeologist Kara Bridgman Sweeney will discuss the typology of Early Archaic side-notched projectile points and Edgefield scrapers. We will gather for dinner with the speaker at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (BRAG) will meet on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m., at the United Community Bank in Dahlonega, Georgia, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. BRAG President Tony Shore will give a presentation titled, “Moundville Archaeology and the Moundville Museum.”
Congratulations to the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS), who recently accepted the winning trophy from the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) President Tammy Herron, at the Fall 2013 meeting of the SGA held at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center Saturday, October 26 on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. GAAS President David Kasriel was present to accept the trophy.
Read on for an important message about the Georgia Archives. The archives are now open four days a week for research, and additional staff have been hired. Help to spread the word by printing and posting this flyer at your location. Access a copy by clicking here.
The latest edition of the Golden Isles Archaeological Society newsletter, The Antiquarian, is now available. Read on to learn more, and access a copy by clicking here.
The Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC), in order to promote public awareness of archaeology in the Southeast, supports a program of small grants to finance public outreach projects. SEAC provides an annual grant of $2,000 to an applicant through a competitive application process. The deadline for the application is December 1, 2013.
SGA volunteers and the ArchaeoBus made a big impact at the 2013 Social Studies Conference in Athens this year. Read on to learn more about the great work SGA members are doing for public outreach and education about archaeology.
The Gwinnett County chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, and The Fort Daniel Foundation sponsored the fifth annual Fort Daniel Frontier Fair on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fort Daniel on Highway 124 in Buford, Georgia. Read on for a report on the fair!
…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits students at Oakland Elementary in McDonough, and discovers they’d already been studying archaeological topics before her arrival!
Undergraduate Amanda Shively reports on the summer 2013 Georgia Southern University archaeological field school on the lower Savannah River. Archaeological veterans and novices alike will enjoy her enthusiastic reflection.
Archaeologists with smart phones and tablets, take notice. In this article, SGA member Amanda Morrow reviews ten mobile apps for archaeology. Read on to learn about how you can turn your mobile device into a clinometer or Munsell book, or use it to find historical markers and cemeteries.
Frontiers in the Soil is a classic in archaeological literature that should be useful to everyone. First printed in 1979, Frontiers interprets Georgia’s past using accessible and humorous text by Roy S. Dickens, Jr. and creative color cartoon illustrations by James L. McKinley. Read on to learn about a new chapter challenge to make sure every public library in Georgia has a copy of this book.
Preston Holder’s important WPA-era archaeological fieldwork on the Georgia coast has been largely ignored. Thanks to recent efforts by SGA members, this picture is changing. Here Keith Stephenson reviews Kevin Kiernan’s book chapter about Preston Holder’s work on the Georgia coast, recently published by the University of Alabama Press.
The Society for Georgia Archaeology invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit brief research reports, reviews of archaeological presentations and lectures, and essays about archaeological fieldwork and field trip experiences to The Profile. Topic areas are open, but should be related to the archaeology of Georgia and surrounding states. Submissions should generally be no longer than 1000 words. Accompanying photographs are encouraged.
Frontiers in the Soil is a classic in archaeological literature that should be useful to everyone. Using easy-to-read text by Roy S. Dickens, Jr., and creative color cartoon illustrations by James L. McKinley, Frontiers interprets Georgia’s past with humor in over 100-pages of delightful reading. Click here to download the order form for Frontiers in the Soil.
Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom—the ArchaeoBus—provides hands-on and minds-on activities to enthuse your students about learning. Archaeology is a great tool for turning on the minds of students, as well as a great motivational tool. More important, it is a discipline capable of instruction in a wide variety of skills. Archaeology is a holistic academic and intellectual approach that involves all subject areas, social skills, and conceptual skills. Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom offers the opportunity for students and teachers to leave the traditional four-walled classroom and use a new approach to learn state standards!