2018 Student Research Grant Winners

The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA), Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists (GCPA), and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)are excited to announce our 2018 undergraduate student research grant winners!

Gary Owenby (KSU)
A Petroglyphic Analysis of Swift Creek Pottery from the Chattahoochee River Valley
The purpose of this project is to conduct petroglyphic analysis on Swift Creek pottery to understand better how small villages interacted with large, regional centers along the Chattahoochee River. While we have a good knowledge base for how trade and exchange operated between large regional centers, like Kolomoki and Leake, we do not yet understand how small villages,  located within the political sphere of such large centers, were involved with the production and consumption of ceramics. Investigations at two small village sites, Traversant and Lower Dabbs, located near Kolomoki and Leake, respectively, can provide some answers to these questions through a petroglyphic study.
Melony Mead (UNG)
Dating Features at the Rice Farm Site, Dawson County, Georgia
The Rice Farm Site is a newly-discovered site that appears to have been occupied during the Late Woodland and Mississippi periods and may have been contemporaneous with such large centers as Moundville and Etowah. Recent geophysical prospecting at the site revealed evidence for possibly intact cultural features, such as structures and a palisade. The goal of this work is to expose and excavate features in order to obtain material from which radiometric assays may be made to provide a temporal association for the site. Armed with this data the Rice Farm site can be related to the broader cultural landscape and associations to the Etowah polity can be identified and explored to understand more completely the role of smaller sites in larger precontact polities.

This grant program has been established by the SGA, GCPA, and DNR in order to encourage the study and preservation of Georgia’s cultural heritage and to encourage the study of such by new generations of potential scholars. Recognizing that funding for the study of Georgia’s cultural resources for both undergraduate and graduate students is increasingly becoming a limiting factor in the ability of students to study Georgia’s past, this research grant program was established.