The ArchaeoBus is Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom!

The ArchaeoBus is a travelling emissary for the Society for Georgia Archaeology, bringing dynamic educational programs to students and people around the state. When the ArchaeoBus visits your school or location, visitors can tour displays in the bus and participate in programs and workshops the SGA offers.

The ArchaeoBus is equipped for formal presentations, led by archaeologists. We have presentations that last about 45 minutes, to accommodate most class schedules. We also have longer programs. All have exciting visuals. Examples include:

—school programs
—scout programs
—teacher workshops
—library programs

The ArchaeoBus also offers informal programs, without scheduled presentations. Visitors arrive at their own pace and can participate in both group and self-directed activities. These include touring the Bus, working on puzzles, and myriad other diversions.

The SGA sees the ArchaeoBus as a major tool in our educational outreach and research projects. The ArchaeoBus also helps us reach our Society’s mission, which is to unite all persons interested in the archaeology of Georgia, and to work actively to preserve, study, and interpret Georgia’s human past.

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Abby Visits Carnesville, Georgia

I had my first event for Spring 2019 on March 25th in Carnesville, Georgia. I had a great time sharing archaeology with students at Franklin County High School. Abby and Franklin County High School Students   Franklin County High School Students learning about archaeology

Abby and SEAC 2018

Dear Diary, I am now rested from my recent, exciting visit to the second largest city in Georgia! Yep, that would be Augusta, Georgia, located just across the Savannah River from South Carolina. As it was my first visit to Augusta, I was happy to learn more about it. Did you know, Diary, that Augusta […]

Abby and CoastFest 2018

October 8, 2018 Dear Diary, I hope you don’t think I’ve been ignoring you. After all, you can keep up with my whirlwind schedule on my very own Facebook page. Just type in “ArchaeoBus”! I do like to write to you from time-to-time though, as we have such a long-lasting relationship and I know you […]

Abby the ArchaeBus Enters the University of South Carolina

March 8, 2018 Dear Diary, I had SUCH an exciting Saturday two weekends ago in Columbia, South Carolina I can hardly wait to tell you all about it! First, I got to travel to another state, adding a third state to my resume of Georgia and Florida. Two of my New South handlers, Jenna Pirtle […]

Abby goes to CoastFest December 21, 2017

Dear Diary, OK, Diary, here is your fall riddle… What has 7,700 people, snakes, cannons, hamburgers, fish, art, 18th century colonists, kayaks, hawks, free things, AND archaeology? You are right, it is CoastFest! Now that fall is drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to tell you about one of my favorite fall events. […]

December 30th, 2016

ArchaeoBus diary Dec 2016…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus remembers visiting Athens for the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC), meeting old and new friends and celebrating archaeology. Can you dig it?!

October 15, 2016

ArchaeoBus diary 2016 10 15, 2016 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus enjoys being visited by over 8,000 people at CoastFest and evades Hurricane Matthew. Read more to learn about how Abby is gearing up for a Celebration of Archaeology in Athens, Georgia during the annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

June 29, 2015

Before I jump into my busy summer season, I just HAVE to tell you about my spa day this past winter and early spring. It will be therapeutic to share this with you. I was totally rehabilitated – mechanically and cosmetically during my spa retreat this past winter and early spring. I have to admit, […]

October 28th, 2014

ArchaeoBus diary 2014 10 28, 2014 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus travels through a storm and attends the 20th Annual CoastFest in Brunswick, meeting old and new friends who help to teach people how fun and exciting archaeology can be.

June 18th, 2014

ArchaeoBus diary 2014 06 16 07 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Mt. Zion Public Library, over in west Georgia…. The ArchaeoBus also visited this library last year. Students from the Mt. Zion Public Libraries Summer Reading Program, along with their parents, toured the Bus and played games led by the New South crew.

May 23rd, 2014

ArchaeoBus diary 2014 05 23 01CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Senoia, meeting children and adults from Georgia…and a group that came from Newberry, South Carolina, too!

May 6th, 2014

ArchaeoBus_leaving_stone_mtn_for_coast_CU.jpg…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Savannah Mall, and reconnects with old friends!

SGA makes an impact at the 2013 Social Studies Conference

sga_logo_cuSGA volunteers and the ArchaeoBus made a big impact at the 2013 Social Studies Conference in Athens this year. Read on to learn more about the great work SGA members are doing for public outreach and education about archaeology.

September 23rd, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Sept 23 09 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits students at Oakland Elementary in McDonough, and discovers they’d already been studying archaeological topics before her arrival!

July 22nd, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jul 22 04 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus drove to Marietta to participate in a Food Truck Rally at Harry’s Farmers Market. As Abby notes, “while all of the food trucks were serving up tasty eats, I was serving up some archaeoKnowledge, and, shucks, were these folks hungry!” Perhaps most exciting for Abby, she got to meet the Marietta Derby Darlins roller derby gals!

July 17th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jul 17 12 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits libraries in Clayton and Henry Counties.

July 16th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jul 16 09 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits ART Station’s Summer Arts Camp in Stone Mountain. The camp is in a building that used to be a trolley barn—how exciting!

July 10th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jul 10 02 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits western Georgia’s Mt. Zion Public Library and Ephesus Library, and hosted crowds of interested children and kids-at-heart.

June 28th, 2013

2013 Jun 28 ArchaeoBus diary 06 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the last of the libraries she traveled to in the Gwinnett County Public Library System—Collins Hill Public Library in Lawrenceville and Centerville Public Library in Snellville, finding fantastic kids at both places, as at all the rest of the libraries….

June 21st, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jun 21 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Buford Public Library and Duluth Public Library, both in Gwinnett County.

June 18th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jun 18 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus continues visiting libraries to celebrate their summer reading programs. In one day, the ArchaeoBus stopped in at Lithonia’s Stonecrest Library, and at the Tucker–Reid H. Cofer Library in Tucker.

June 15th, 2013

ArchaeoBus GoMM CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus remembers visiting the Georgia Welcome Center on US Highway 301 in Screven County, the oldest one in the state, on March 29th of this year. Tammy Herron, Maggie Needham, and George Wingard of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program helped visitors, including over two hundred school children from across the county. Visit this online resource for a schedule of “Georgia On My Mind Day” activities.

June 14th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jun 14 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the Dacula Public Library and the Five Forks Public Library, when over 300 kids toured the Bus.

June 12th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jun 12 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the recently renovated Hairston Crossing Library….

June 6th, 2013

ArchaeoBus libraries 109 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the Ocee Library in Johns Creek and the Power Springs Library in Powder Springs to host many kids and parents.

June 3rd, 2013

ArchaeoBus libraries 02 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits libraries in Newnan in Coweta County and Doraville in DeKalb County. This tour is in conjunction with this year’s summer reading program Dig Into Reading.

March 18, 2013

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, and is visited by over 200 people. The SGA extends a hearty thanks to helpers from Armstrong Atlantic State University Anthropology Club, students, and especially Anthropology and Archaeology Instructors Ms. Bruno and Ms. Seifert!

March 13th, 2013

ArchaeoBus leaving stone mtn for coast…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus departs Stone Mountain southbound to attend various events in Coastal Georgia….

December 12th, 2012

ArchaeoBus on Stone Mountain night CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus talks about her return journey to Stone Mountain to work from New South Associates over the next six months to educate the children of the Stone Mountain/East Atlanta/Dekalb County area on how nifty archaeology can be!

October 16th, 2012

ArchaeoBus on SAA home CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus discusses her latest publicity—her photograph high on the home page of the Society for American Archaeology, which has more than 7000 members.

October 6, 2012

ArchaeoBus Oct 6 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus attends the 2012 CoastFest in Brunswick to show people how fun and exciting archaeology can be, and how important it is to preserve archaeological sites.

October 4th, 2012

ArchaeoBus Oct 4 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus stars…um…plays a role in a movie!—well, a TV show. Read the full story to learn about the ArchaeoBus’s adventure driving to Camp Lawton, and working there with Time Team America’s crew, which was there shooting a segment about the Civil War camp.

August 6, 2012

ArchaeoBus Ft Daniel 2012 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the Fort Daniel Colonial Faire during Archaeology Month in May, 2012. Fort Daniel is an archaeological site in urban Gwinnett County, right behind a house. During the Faire, students worked with archaeologists excavating the Fort, visitors enjoyed booths with hands-on activities, and could even buy a souvenir!

August 5th, 2012

ArchaeoBus windshield 05 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus gets new lenses for “cataracts.” Abby discusses getting new windows, courtesy of Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, making her both safer and…more beautiful (she says).

August 7th, 2012

ArchaeoMo ArchaeoBus NewSouth 04CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits New South Associates in Stone Mountain during Archaeology Month, Spring 2012. Abby tells about her adventures hosting many visitors, and provides many photographs of people and activities, including an excavation. Look at the photos and find friends—and meet Captain Jack!

July 31, 2012

Ft Hawkins Abby 2012 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Fort Hawkins (Macon) during Archaeology Month, in Spring 2012. Abby tells about her adventures at Fort Hawkins, and provides many photographs of visitors and activities, including excavations and surveying with a transit. Look through them all to find SGA friends and acquaintances!

April 30, 2012

2011 GA Nat Fair AD CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus attends the 2011 Georgia National Fair, and hosts mobs of happy visitors. See lots of pictures from the Fair!

November 29, 2011

ArchaeoBus GCSS 2011 parked CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus attends the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Conference in Athens along with hundreds of teachers, many of whom, she discovered, are quite knowledgeable about Georgia archaeology.

November 28, 2011

ArchaeoBus auction 2011 crowd mingling CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus attends the charity auction to raise money for the SGA’s Endowment Fund that was held in conjunction with the 2011 Fall Meeting.

November 27, 2011

ArchaeoBus FtHawkins 2011 bus fort CU…In which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits Ft. Hawkins, in Macon. Abby describes excavations to uncover palisade walls that were built in 1809, and the flood of visitors who toured the Bus and displays.

November 26, 2011

ArchaeoBus 2011 SEAC outside CUAbby the ArchaeoBus discusses visiting the Southeastern Archaeology Conference in Florida, and participating in Public Archaeology Day while parked outside the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville. Enjoy photographs of the event as part of the diary entry.

November 8, 2011

ArchaeoBus Fall 2011 diary emergency CUIn which…Abby the ArchaeoBus is rescued by Dr. Andy and nurse Bobby after an acute attack of colic on the Interstate.

Step right up! Help at the 2011 Georgia National Fair

Submitted by Rita Elliott (

Attend the Georgia National Fair and help the SGA by volunteering to present the ArchaeoBus to the public. No experience necessary! The ArchaeoBus is the SGA’s fun mobile classroom and museum. The 2011 Georgia National Fair in Perry runs from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 16.

Italy’s Rome imitates the SGA’s ArchaeoBus

The SGA is very proud of drawing upon volunteer resources, donations from generous supporters, and creative exhibit ideas, particularly from Chief Tender Rita Elliott, to create, launch, and staff our ArchaeoBus. Recently, Rita discovered that the other Rome, the one in Italy, also has an “archeobus.” The SGA, however, strongly suspects that ours came first!

Interpreting broken pottery: Exploring rim diameters

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

DIA_small_vessel_example_CU.jpgArchaeologists often find large assortments of broken pottery—dating to either historic or prehistoric periods. Rim sherds, from the opening or mouth of the vessel, can be quite informative. This article leads the reader to consider what the implications of different vessel rim diameter assortments may be.

November 15, 2010

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUIn late October the ArchaeoBus attended the Georgia Council for the Social Studies annual state conference in Athens.

November 13, 2010

In which…Abby the ArchaeoBus hosts thousands of visitors at the 2010 Georgia National Fair in Perry….

By the numbers: SGA and the Georgia National Fair 2010

Submitted by Rita Elliott, ArchaeoBus Chair (

Abby the ArchaeoBus met countless numbers of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Georgia National Fair in Perry this October. Visitors had a unique opportunity this year to learn about Georgia’s archaeology and preservation in a fun and interactive way, courtesy of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Families and adults were actively engaged in learning these messages, as were field trip students. Countless children left Abby positive messages in her visitor book. Also, a special thanks to the hard working cadre of volunteers at the ArchaeoBus exhibit.

ArchaeoBus volunteers enjoy the Georgia National Fair: Story and photographs

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

Volunteering for the SGA is not a daunting task as one might think, being at the Georgia National Fair all day with the ArchaeoBus smelling livestock, eating fatty foods, and dealing with rowdy kids. The ArchaeoBus volunteers report they had a great time and all said they would do it again!

4th annual Seven Islands Artifact ID Day growing interest among the public

Submitted by Stephen Hammack (

The annual Seven Islands Artifact ID Day on October 23, 2010, was hosted by the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society (OAS) and the Butts County Historical Society (BCHS). Members of Taylor County High School’s “Benjamin Hawkins Historical, Expeditionary, and Geographical Society (BHEGS) volunteered to help manage the archaeology tent. Now in its fourth year, the event has continued to gain support and receive more visitors.

ArchaeoBus, Georgia National Fair, and seeds

Georgia_National_Fair_ArchaeoBus_CU.jpgVisit the Georgia National Fair—October 7–17 in Perry, and step into the ArchaeoBus! We’ll have lots of information plus activities for kids! Kids can make a seed packet for next spring, and plant seeds Native Americans in Georgia used to cultivate! The full story has a downloadable Fair map with the ArchaeoBus location marked, and a downloadable handout about Native American agriculture in Georgia.

September 26, 2010

Abby the ArchaeoBus has updated her diary, with an entry describing some of her upcoming events, including attending CoastFest on October 7th, the Georgia National Fair for eleven days in mid-October, and the Georgia Conference on the Social Studies in Athens on October 28th and 29th. Check out the flyers, too!

June 2, 2010

  I spent the week at Fort Morris, and was all refreshed and ready for my very FIRST Junior Ranger Program! (La, la, la…I wanna be a Junior Ranger, Put my summer in minimal danger, sound off 1-2, sound off 3-4, bring it on down now, 1, 2, 3, 4…la, la…) There were 21 Junior […]

May 29, 2010

  No one TOLD me that May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! No wonder I am exhausted! This is my third appearance this month and I have yet another one scheduled in a few days. Note to self—rest up next April! Today I was one of the attractions at Fort Morris State Park, in Liberty […]

May 22, 2010

  Five days off between my last stint and today, when I went back to my second home of Ft. Frederica. You may recall I spent last spring parked at the fort while I visited school children there and in all the Glynn County elementary schools with Mrs. P*. Well, I got to go back […]

May 17, 2010

  Guess where I went Friday and Saturday? To Albany, Georgia. That is in the southwestern part of the state. I am starting to travel soooo much, I am going to mark each place I visit on a map. It took four and a half hours to go from near Savannah to Albany. I breezed […]

April 21, 2010

  Over the past year or so, I have begun my new life in earnest, although SGA had me for awhile before I achieved my celebrity. The first year after SGA got me, I spent at the spa. There I got my colorful new “wrap”. A fab artist/designer named JCB did a custom design just […]

April 8, 2010

  Since this is my very first entry, I should probably introduce myself, although I am sure you have heard of me by now. I am Abby, the ArchaeoBus! I know you will want to learn a bit about my fascinating personal history. I was born in 1992 and grew up to be a library […]

Where in the World is Abby?

Submitted by Rita Elliott (

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUThe ArchaeoBus wranglers have been busy. During the past six months with few attempts to solicit venues, we have exposed 8,500 people to the Archaeobus and archaeology. Read the full story for a summary of ArchaeoBus activities, and a discussion of funding sources and some volunteers (a hearty thank you to each!) and expenses.

Abby (aka Abby, the bus, the bookmobile) is christened

Submitted by Rita Elliott (

With the crash of a champagne bottle over her fender, a new green bough laid upon her, the cadence of a drum roll, and the suspenseful unveiling of the tarp, Abby the ArchaeoBus was officially christened. Over 70 guests participated in the historic event during the spring Archaeology meeting in Macon on May 16, 2009. […]