On May 31st, 2011, Governor Nathan Deal signed the proclamation declaring that May is Georgia Archaeology Month. See the original commemoration photograph here.
The proclamation states:
WHEREAS: Georgia’s archaeological sites are important part of our state’s heritage, making the arrival of American Indians more than 10,000 years ago and documenting the exploration, colonization and founding of our nation by Europeans, Africans and Asians; and
WHEREAS: Georgia’s archaeological sites lie under forests, farms and cities as well as beneath rivers, streams and coastal waters. These sites, which hold clues about our state’s rich and diverse history, are fragile and endangered by forces such as erosion, uncontrolled development and looting or vandalism; and
WHEREAS: Georgia’s archeological sites have yielded significant information about the historic culture of Native Americans who inhabited this land from the mountains to the sea, providing a better understanding of the form, function, and materials used in making items necessary for human survival, even today; and
WHEREAS: The study, interpretation and preservation of our archaeological sites offer important educational, cultural and economic benefits to all Georgians; and
WHEREAS: Georgia’s archaeologists seek to increase awareness awareness of our state’s archaeological history as a means to protect and preserve these irreplaceable links to our past; and
WHEREAS: Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month offers Georgians an opportunity to explore “Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War Through Archaeology”: now
THEREFORE: I, NATHAN DEAL, Governor of the state of Georgia, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as Archaeology Month in Georgia.
Access a high-resolution printable copy of the signed proclamation by clicking here.