NWGAS September meeting: Geoarchaeological Studies of Mounds-An Example from Etowah

Submitted by Jim Langford (Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society)

Greetings to Friends of Georgia Archaeology!!

 We will have our next regularly scheduled meeting of the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society on next Thursday, Sept. 8th, at New Echota Historic Site. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. All members of the public are invited. Admission is free.

 Our meeting will feature a very interesting presentation by Dr. Ervan Garrison, professor of Anthropology and Geology at the University of Georgia.

 Dr. Garrison’s talk is entitled “Geoarchaeological Studies of Mounds – An Example from Etowah”. This presentation will feature the results of Dr. Garrison’s studies of new technologies for determining the manner of construction of mounds such as Mound A at the Etowah site.

 “Erv” led two research projects over the past 12 years – joint projects between the Clemson University and the University of Georgia – at the Etowah Mounds that focused on using geophysical and sediment coring techniques. This work was done in cooperation with the Muskogee Nation. Drs. Adam King, Dan Bigman, and Chet Walker also participated in this study.

 Erv is a native of Oklahoma and received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas. He earned his PhD degree at the University of Missouri. Over the past 40 years, Erv has authored and co-authored several books and research papers regarding archaeology and geology. He has held positions at the University of Missouri, the University of Arkansas, and Texas A&M University. He has been at the University of Georgia since 1992 – becoming a full professor in 1999.

 The New Echota Historic Site is located on Hwy. 225 at Exit 317 off of I-75. When going north on I-75, turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp and go about ½ mile to the New Echota site on the right.