2012 Archaeology Month event brochure

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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The SGA is proud to present the 2012 Archaeology Month event brochure, accessible by clicking here. This PDF is suitable for printing, posting, and distribution. All events listed in the brochure are also entered in the SGA’s online calendar. Note that not all events are in May, although May is Archaeology Month in Georgia. Access all stories on this website about 2012 Archaeology Month by clicking here.

The SGA thanks Pam Baughman for collecting the events information and creating this brochure.

For your convenience, all programs, events, and ongoing exhibits in the brochure are listed below.

ONGOING EXHIBITS

Exhibit: Gateway to the Past: Georgia’s Leake Site.
Date: Mar 24—Sept 23, 2012 Time: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am–5pm, Thurs 10am–8pm, Sun 1–5pm
Location: Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906
Contact: Ashley Bice, 706-748-2562, ext. 540, abice@columbusmuseum.com; see website at www.columbusmuseum.com
Description: An exhibit on Georgia’s Leake archaeological site, which served as a “gateway” between the southeastern and Midwestern American Indians from 300 BC to AD 650. Uses excavated artifacts from both the Leake site and the Columbus Museum’s collection of Chattahoochee Valley objects. For more on this exhibit on this website, click here.

Exhibit: Palmetto Creek Revisited: A Site for All Times.
Dates: Through May 2012
Time: Library Hours, Mon-Wed & Fri 10am–6pm, Thurs 10am–8pm, Sat 10am–2pm
Location: Harris County Public Library, 138 N. College St., Hamilton, GA 31811
Contact: Debbie Marino, 706-628-4685, dmarino@thclibrary.net ; at GDOT Teresa Lotti, 404-631-1284, tlotti@dot.ga.gov
Description: This exhibit will display artifacts from excavations at the Palmetto Creek sites in Harris County as well as discuss the cultural time periods represented, archaeology in general, and the archaeological project/GDOT archaeology in particular.
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Transportation

Exhibit: Conveyed in Clay: Stories from St. Catherine’s Island.
Description: Explore how Native Americans adapted to changes in natural and cultural conditions through the evolution of their pottery, from North America’s oldest examples to 16th-century Spanish artifacts.
Date: Month of May
Time: Museum hours, Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12pm–5pm
Location: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Contact: Fernbank Ticketing Office, 404-929-6400
Fees/Limits: Included with Fernbank Museum admission, Adults $17.50, Students and Seniors $16.50, Children ages 3-12 $15.50, Children ages 2 and under free, Free for Fernbank Museum members; no Limit

Exhibit: De Soto’s Footprints: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia.
Description: Exhibit featuring findings of Fernbank Museum’s ongoing archaeological explorations along the lower Ocmulgee River. Artifacts and other information highlight the unexpected discovery of early Spanish materials, dating from before 1550, that may be associated with Hernando de Soto’s trek across Georgia in 1540.
Date: Month of May
Time: Museum hours, Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12pm–5pm
Location: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Contact: Fernbank Ticketing Office, 404-929-6400
Fees/Limits: Included with Fernbank Museum admission, Adults $17.50, Students and Seniors $16.50, Children ages 3-12 $15.50, Children ages 2 and under free, Free for Fernbank Museum members; no Limit

PROGRAMS and EVENTS

Open House: Antonio J. Waring Archaeological Laboratory.
Date: Sat, April 21st, 11am–2pm
Location: Archaeology Lab, on Plant Op. Drive, down the street from the Z-6 Cafeteria, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118
Contact: Susan Fishman-Armstrong, 678-839-6303, see website at waring.westga.edu
Description: Get hands-on experience at an archaeological dig with the on-site mock excavation pit. Learn to make stone tools flint knapping demonstrations by James Spake. Artifact identification by Dr. Thomas Foster. Games and activities. Atlatl throwing demonstration. Guided tours of the lab.
Fees/Limits: None

Excavation: Search for Blockhouse at Fort Hawkins.
Date: May 3-5, 2012, 9am-4pm
Location: Fort Hawkins Archaeological Park, 750 Woolfolk Street, Macon, GA
Contact: Dan Elliott, 706-341-7796
Description: The LAMAR Institute will conduct a small archaeological dig in search of vestiges of the northwestern corner blockhouse at Fort Hawkins, circa 1809-1824. The excavation will be open for public viewing.
Fees/Limits: None
Sponsors: The LAMAR Institute and the Fort Hawkins Commission

Event: Archaeology Group Open House.
Date: Sat, May 5th, 10am-12 noon
Location: Edwards-Pitman Environmental, 1250 Winchester Parkway, Suite 200, Smyrna, GA 30080
Contact: Lynn Pietak, 770-333-9484
Description: Edwards-Pitman Archaeology will showcase artifacts and other project materials from recent projects, including data recovery at an Archaic/Woodland site in Spalding County, Georgia.
Fees/Limits: None

Program: Weekend Wonders: I Dig Archaeology!
Date/Time: Sat, May 5th, 11am–3pm; Sun, May 6th, 12pm–4pm
Location: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Contact: Fernbank Ticketing Office, 404-929-6400
Description: This program involves a hands-on investigation for kids and families. Dig in for family fun with archaeology-themed activities that focus on Native American crafts and technologies. Activities designed especially for kids ages 4-8.
Fees/Limits: Included with Fernbank Museum admission, Adults $17.50, Students and Seniors $16.50, Children ages 3-12 $15.50, Children ages 2 and under free, Free for Fernbank Museum members; no Limit

Event: Archaeology Day.
Date: Sat, May 5th, 10am-4pm
Location: 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad Street, Augusta, GA
Contact: John Arena, 706-564-5868
Description: Event will include flint knapping, primitive skills demonstrations, artifact identification, and Paleoindian point identification and recordation by archaeologists who will be on-hand to speak with visitors. Free Ezekiel Harris House tours will be provided.
Comments: In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds Street, in downtown Augusta.
Fees/Limits: None
Sponsor: Augusta Archaeological Society and Augusta Museum of History

Program: Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society Meeting.
Date: Tues, May 8th, 7:30pm
Location: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Contact: Allen Vegotsky, 678-684-3622
Description: Presentation on the Creek War and the War of 1812. The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society is a Chapter of the SGA.
Fees/Limits: None

Event: Archaeology Da.
Date: Sat, May 12th, 9am-2pm
Location: New South Associates, 6150 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Contact: Sadhana Singh, 770-498-4155 ext. 107, ssingh@newsouthassoc.com
Description: Take an exciting journey into Georgia’s past with archaeology-themed activities, special demonstrations, and an appearance by Abby the ArchaeoBus!
Fees/Limits: None; Food and beverages will be available for a small donation.

Event: New Echota Historic Site 50th Anniversary Celebration (1962-2012).
Date: Sat, May 12th, 2pm
Location: New Echota—Cherokee Capital State Historic Site, 1211 Chatsworth Hwy. NE, Calhoun, GA 30701
Contact: 706-624-1321
Fees/Limits: Site Admission, $4.50-6.50
Description: The official site dedication was held on May 12, 1962. Celebrate 50 years of New Echota site memories on this day. Historic Site “Open House” until 5:00pm to follow program.

Event: These Houses Were Made in Macon.
Date: Mon, May 14th, 6:30pm
Location: Washington Memorial Library, 1180 Washington Ave., Macon, GA 31201
Contact: David Farrier, 478-923-8967, see website at www.collegehillmacon.com
Fees/Limits: None
Description: Hidden in a residential neighborhood are the products of Macon’s late 19th-century factories. Explore with David Farrier, amateur industrial archaeologist. Easy walk of about 1/2 mile.
Sponsor: Part of the Urban Hike series, College Hill Macon, with funding from a Knight Neighborhood Challenge grant.

Event: Artifact Identification and Archaeology Laboratory Open House.
Date: Sat, May 19th, 10am–1pm
Location: Chieftains Museum, 501 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA
Contact: Dave Davis, 706-291-9494, see website at www.chieftainsmuseum.org
Fees/Limits: $5.00 donation requested, includes museum admission
Description: Chieftains invites the public to bring up to 5 artifacts for identification by Dave Davis, Archaeologist for the museum. The Archaeology Lab will also be open, along with the museum, for tours.

Event: Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology!
Date: Sat, May 19th, 8am–5pm
Location: Student Center (LVIS Room), Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Centre Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Contact: Visit the website at http://thesga.org.
Fees/Limits: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Description: Morning Session will consist of papers presented on prehistoric and historic archaeology, with focus on the War of 1812. Afternoon session includes a field trip to the site of Fort Daniel 2–5pm. For all stories on this website about the SGA’s Spring 2012 meeting, click here.

Event: Archaeology Day.
Date: Sat, May 19th, 1-5pm
Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, 813 Indian Mounds Rd. SW, Cartersville, GA 30120
Contact: 770-387-3747
Fees/Limits: $3.50-$5.00 per person
Description: A professional archaeologist will lecture at 2:00 pm and lead a tour at 3:00 pm. Other activities include dig boxes for kids and tools and weapons programs for all ages.

Event: Dr. Durham Herb Walk Festival.
Date: Sat, May 26th, 10am–4pm
Location: Scull Shoals, south of Athens off Hwy. 15, turn at the Historic Scull Shoals sign onto Macedonia Rd. Take Macedonia Rd. for 2.2 miles and turn left onto a gravel Forest Service Rd. 1234. The Dr. Durham Herb trail site is the first road on the left. Directions to Scull Shoals Village site also available online here.
Contact: Peggy Sommer,706-769-5876
Fees/Limits: $5 entrance fee, Free for Friends members
Description: Learn about Dr. Lindsey Durham (1789- 1859) and tour the Durham Herb Walk/Trail site. Dr. Allen Vegotsky will appear as Dr. Durham and explain his plant-based remedies. Visit the Scull Shoals Mill Village site to see the results of the recent Passport in Time Project involving the old brick bridge. There are also sites to search for geocaching.
Sponsor: Friends of Scull Shoals

Event: Day of Discovery
Date: Sat, June 2nd, 11am-3pm
Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, 813 Indian Mounds Rd. SW, Cartersville, GA 30120
Contact: 770-387-3747
Fees/Limits: $3.50-$5.00
Description: Archaeologist Adam King and associates will speak at 11am and 2pm. Dr. King is an authority on early cultures, and authored the book Etowah: The Political History of a Chiefdom Capital (discussed on this website here).