Each year, Georgia’s Governor signs a proclamation that decrees that May is Archaeology Month. Archaeology Month is intended to promote preservation and stewardship of our hidden archaeological heritage.

A statewide archaeology awareness promotion began in Georgia with a weeklong celebration in 1994. Observance has grown to an entire month of special public events, exhibits, and demonstrations in communities across the state. The SGA serves as the primary sponsor of Georgia Archaeology Month. Co-sponsors include state agencies, private firms, and non-profit and professional organizations. Public outreach is a critical link in fostering better awareness of archaeology and a sense of stewardship for our state’s archaeological sites. The SGA advocates preservation, protection and interpretation of these fragile resources, including the dramatic monumental architecture, or mounds, that are the focus of this year’s Spring Meeting.

The Society for Georgia Archaeology holds its Spring Meeting during Archaeology Month, and publicizes the many activities that occur around the state during May. These range from lectures and presentations, to Artifact Identification Days, as well as displays and informal programs. We list these events on our Society’s online calendar.

As part of Archaeology Month, our Spring Meeting has a theme or topic. It is the focus of presentations and discussions at the meeting. As part of our Archaeology Month preparations, SGA produces materials specifically tailored to students and teachers, including lesson plans, which also address the annual theme.

Spring Meeting Information

Mark your calendar: the SGA Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Valdosta as part of 2015 Archaeology Month celebrations. The theme for this year’s Archaeology Month is “Native Shores, European Waves: Contact Archaeology in Georgia.”

The meeting schedule with paper abstracts can be viewed here.

The meeting will be held at the Lowndes County Historical Society, 305 West Central Avenue, in downtown Valdosta.

The SGA Board of Directors will meet at the same location on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., followed by the GCPA Board of Directors from 3:00-4:00 p.m., and the GCPA General Membership from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

At this time we do not plan to block off rooms at any particular hotel. Nearby hotels and contact information:

Hampton Inn & Suites: 229-241-1234 (price range: $77 per night) website

Fairfield Inn & Suites: 229-242-1225 (price range: $85 per night)
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Holiday Inn & Conference Center: 229-244-1111 (price range: $80 per night)
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There are many more hotels, these are just a few of the closest, and all are grouped just west of downtown.

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Where to find it

Download the digital version of the 2015 Georgia Archaeology Month poster

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is proud to offer this year’s Georgia Archaeology Month poster showcasing the theme Native Shores, European Waves: Contact Archaeology in Georgia—and May is Archaeology Month in Georgia. Download the poster by clicking here. To view all the stories on this website about Georgia Archaeology Month click here.

The SGA’s Spring Meeting will be held Saturday, May 30th at the Lowndes County Historical Society in Valdosta, Georgia. Please join us for lectures honoring Dr. Marvin Smith about Contact Archaeology in Georgia. Click here to view the agenda for the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Credits: Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississipi [i.e. Mississippi]: dressée sur un grand nombre de mémoires entrautres sur ceux de Mr. le Maire / from the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division and Maritime Watercolor by Gordon Miller.

Archaeology Month activities announced

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The SGA is proud to announce the events associated with this year’s Archaeology Month. May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! And, the theme for this year’s Archaeology Month is “Native Shores, European Waves: Contact Archaeology in Georgia.”

Of primary importance to SGA members is the Society’s Spring Meeting, which will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Lowndes County Historical Society, 305 West Central Avenue, in downtown Valdosta.

Click here to access a downloadable Adobe PDF of this year’s events brochure.

All 2015 Spring Meeting information is here.