Submitted by Catherine Long
For all of you who attended SGA’s annual Fall Meeting—you experienced a great treat! SGA was hosted by the Columbus Museum and received a very warm welcome. After an afternoon of meetings on Friday, Board Members and Officers enjoyed Deorio’s local pizza place and catching up with colleagues and friends. The next morning the annual Fall Meeting began with a great series of presentations—which included an update on the Singer-Moye site, an examination of Swift Creek pottery, quartz lithic pieces, a tribute to early archaeologists associated with the Columbus Museum and a video that featured the Avondale burial place. All attendees thoroughly enjoyed these presentations—thank you to all who shared their work.
An annual Business Meeting was conducted in which the latest updates and news of the organization was shared (see President’s Message for details) and Board Members were recognized for their service to the organization. The leadership and efforts of this particular group have continued to move the organization forward. New Board Members were introduced and recognized during this meeting as well. Boxed lunches were available through Subway and were eaten in the Wright Room on the Columbus Museum campus. Following lunch everyone had the opportunity to explore the exhibits—of special interest with the group was the archaeology exhibit. A special thank you to Rebecca Bush and Wren Gilliam for assistance with the logistics of the meetings at the museum. Next, the group traveled a short distance away to the National Civil War Naval Museum and enjoyed a guided tour of the facility’s awesome exhibit and collections. Participants saw recovered vessels and viewed exhibit pieces that tell the story of combat on the sea. The flag collection was impressive and the tour guide’s vast knowledge made for an outstanding tour. His generosity to continue the guided tour up to the closing of the museum was a special treat to guests.
The group later met at The Cannon and enjoyed not only food but football (Georgia vs. Florida) and of course each other’s company. According to some colleagues the day would not be complete without a bulldog victory. For others, a hamburger and brownie sundae were the talk of the evening.
We certainly hope that you will make plans to attend the Spring Meeting as a May date will shortly be announced. The location will be Macon and we look forward to celebrating 20 years of the Archaeology Month public outreach program. We hope to see you there!