June 2016 Archaeology Events

June Chapter Meetings

Ocmulgee Archaeological Society


Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm
Mercer University Science and Engineering Building, Room 143, 1550 College Street, Macon 31201. Please note the room change to the lower floor of the building. See the map for the location on the Mercer Campus.

This month’s speaker is OAS member Alan Marsh who will make a presentation titled “Andersonville Archaeology: Discovering the Past”. Alan’s experience in history is extensive and includes serving as a National Park Ranger at Ocmulgee National Monument, Chief of Resource Management for both Andersonville and Jimmy Carter National Historic Sites. He was instrumental in the development of the Jimmy Carter boyhood home site and the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville. He has written and contributed to numerous publications including his book Andersonville: The Story Behind the Scenery. Included in his talk will be discussion of the status of last year’s metal detector survey as well as some future potential OAS field work at the site. This should be a interesting and informative talk.

Please visit their website www.sgaoas.com and attend the OAS meeting to see upcoming events including Artifact ID days, see below, and opportunities to excavate at the Dixon Site. Their next meeting will be on July 11th.

Upcoming Artifact ID Events:

-On July 16th we will be at the Old School History Museum in Eatonton from 1 to 4 pm

-On July 23rd we will be at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House in Milledgeville from 1 to 4 pm

-On October 8th we will be at the McIntosh House in Indian Springs from 12 to 4 pm

Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild

Thursday, June 9th beginning at 5:30 pm at Yahoola Creek Park, 1166 Captain McDonald Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

The Lumpkin County Historical Society is pleased to announce its June program.  On Thursday June 9th,  Dr. Bill Witherspoon, will present “Geology, Gold and the Making of Georgia.”

Dr. Witherspoon’s program will show the science behind how the gold belt of Dahlonega was created from its beginnings with volcanic activity to the settling of nuggets in streams. Insights borrowed from historians show how Georgia’s Gold Rush fostered its industry and helped give it a different character from other neighboring states.

Bill Witherspoon is a noted geologist who is now retired from the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, and has co-authored the book “Roadside Geology of Georgia,” now in its second printing.  Copies of Dr. Witherspoon’s book will be available for purchase and signing upon the conclusion of the program.

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild will also attend our presentation which is also their June program.

This program will consist of two parts.  In part one, we will meet at the Yahoola Creek Park tennis courts parking lot at 5:30 pm.  From there, the group will hike up to the open quarry on top of the hill where the exposed rock face will be explained in geologic terms by Dr. Witherspoon.

Part two of the program will begin at 7:00 pm in the Dahlonega Community House..

In case of inclement weather, part one (the outdoor portion) will be cancelled and the program will begin at 7pm per the original schedule.

We welcome Dr. Witherspoon to Dahlonega once again, and the public is invited to attend this exciting program.

 Kid’s Archaeology Day

Hardman Farm State Historic Site

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hardman Farm State Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17, Sautee-Nacoochee, GA (South of Helen, GA)

Climb aboard the ArchaeoBus for hands-on archaeology activities. Discover “What Do Archaeologists Really Do” in a presentation by archaeologist Betsy Shirk. There is no charge for ArchaeoBus, activities, and presentation. Tours of Hardman Farm are $12 (adult); $10 (62 and over); $7.50 (youth); $3 (3 and under).

Contact Hardman Farm State Historic Site at 706.878.1077 for more information.