April 2016 Archaeology Events

April Chapter Meetings

Ocmulgee Archaeological Society

Monday, April 4, 6:30 pm
Mercer University Science and Engineering Building, Room 202, 1550 College Street, Macon 31201

This month’s speaker is OAS member and Archaeologist Stephen Hammock. Stephen has just returned to the U.S. from England where he has been working on his doctorate at Oxford University. The title of his talk will be “Megalithic Madness: Welsh and English Henges, Dolmen, Barrow Mounds, & Standing Stones”. Stephen has visited these archaeological wonders and will be giving an interesting tour as seen through the eyes of a professional archaeologist.

The Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be holding their meetings at this location for the rest of the semester. The room is on the second floor. For directions on how to find the right building please visit their website www.sgaoas.com for a detailed map- just ignore the room number shown on the map.

Visit the OAS meeting to learn more about upcoming events including Artifact ID days and opportunities to excavate at the Dixon Site.

Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 pm
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

The speaker will be Dr. William Balco of the University of North Georgia.

Abstract of Upcoming Feb. GAAS talk:

Early Culture in the Mediterranean: From Evidence to Interpretation

The ancient Mediterranean evokes images of Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans plying Homer’s “wine-dark sea”, yet many other cultures existed throughout the Mediterranean long before those complex societies.  This presentation will discuss evidence of the earliest cultures in the Mediterranean, exploring stone tool technology and fossilized remains to better understand these populations and their lifestyles.  This discussion re-contextualizes the common perception of the age and significance of these sophisticated cultures that inhabited the Mediterranean long ago.

Dr. William Balco is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega Campus.  Since 2003, he has excavated at numerous sites in Italy and Sicily, focusing his research on complex social entanglements resulting from contact and interaction between ancient cultures.  In addition to his work in the Mediterranean, he has explored prehistoric and historic populations through archaeological projects in Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Montana.

Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild

Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 pm
Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Building, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega, GA 30597

This month’s speaker is Ray Knott, Executive Director of the Southern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCI). Ray will have video and pictures of the 30 caves they own or manage in six states as he discusses their mission to preserve and protect saves for future generations. He will also share some recently discovered photographs in “Howards Water Fall Cave” in Georgia. The SCCI is working in partnership with the Cherokee Nation and National Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve and document them.

The SCCI is a volunteer organization that works to spark interest with the public to help discover, document and share what may be buried in area caves. Both young and old will be amazed by photos showing the size and beauty of some of the caves.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society

Saturday, April 16, 10:30 am
Fort Daniel Monument, Buford, Georgia 30519

Archaeology Lab Volunteer Day. Volunteers will be trained in processing Fort Daniel (and other archaeological sites) artifacts. If you are interested in volunteering for the lab, please email Jim D’Angelo 4drdee@bellsouth.netor Delana Gilmore  dgilmore@wordsmithquill.com. Look for more information on the upcoming lecture on their facebook page. Gwinnett Archaeological Society.

A GARS Field Trip is also planned for Sunday, April 24 at 12:30 pm to 9GW656, a Rock Art Site that was the subject of a recent Chapter Meeting.

Come to Fort Daniel on April 30 at 12:00 pm to learn about Basket Weaving taught by Jenna Pirtle of New South Associates and the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society.

Augusta Archaeological Society

Thursday, April 28, 8:00 pm
Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Augusta 30909

The Augusta Archaeological Society will hear a lecture by University of S.C. Archaeologist, Dr. Keith Stephenson, Director of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program. His presentation will be on the Woodland Period of Georgia; dinner will be at 6:30 pm followed by the program at 8:00 pm. The Augusta Archaeological Society is for persons interested in archaeology of the CSRA. The event is free and they invite you to join them.