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.

2017 Archaeology Month Proclamation

On Thursday, May 25, 2017 SGA members Bryan Tucker, Kate Deeley, Laura Kate Schnitzer, and Mary Trudeau met with Governor Nathan Deal for the signing of the proclamation declaring May as Archaeology Month in Georgia.

Left to Right: Bryan Tucker, Kate Deeley, Governor Deal, Laura Kate Schnitzer, and Mary Trudeau

Click here to download a PDF of the Proclamation.

To see the original picture of the signing on the Governor’s website, click here.


Georgia Archaeology Month 2017 Display at Oldest Visitor Center in the State

If you are traveling near Sylvania, Georgia, stop in and see the Georgia Archaeology Month 2017 display at the oldest Visitor Information Center in the state. The center is located at 8463 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. (also known as U.S. 301) and is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will be greeted with a warm Southern welcome, learn about the local history of the area, and treated to your choice of a refreshing Coca-Cola fountain drink. In a July 19, 2012, article in The Sylvania Telephone, Rep. Jon Burns was quoted as saying, “The Sylvania Visitor Information Center is not only a rich piece of history, but it also spurs economic growth in our community by providing visitors with information on area businesses.” The article also states that this center is the “oldest operational visitor center in the United States. It assists visitors and tourists with their trips to area (and statewide) attractions, including Screven Motor Speedway, Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area, the Wade Plantation, Millhaven Plantation and the Dell Goodall House.” Currently 1 of 12 Visitor Information Centers in the state, this center was only the second such center in the United States at the time of its opening in 1962. The SGA thanks the center for allowing us to promote Georgia Archaeology Month 2017 and finds it fitting that the display is housed at this historic location. Hopefully, the display will pique the interest of many travelers and entice them to attend one or more of the events listed in the Calendar of Events for Archaeology Month. This endeavor is also in keeping with the SGA’s vision to help the public understand the significance of archaeological sites and garner their support of archaeological preservation, education, and research.


The SGA Spring 2017 Meeting Announcement and Registration

The SGA’s Spring Meeting is almost here. This year the meeting will be on Saturday May 13 in Savannah Georgia.

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia and the theme of both Archaeology Month and of the Spring Meeting is “Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.” The meeting in Savannah will focus on the Civil War in Georgia and will spotlight the recent raising of the CSS Georgia and ongoing preservation work on the Confederate warship. Our Saturday program will include a keynote talk by Julie Morgan on the C.S.S. Georgia as well as tours of the Cluskey Embankment Stores, Old Fort Jackson, and Fort Pulaski. It should be a fun and informative program!

The Spring Meeting in Savannah will be divided into two parts, a morning presentation and an afternoon activity. Registration will begin May 13, 2017 at 7:30 am at the DoubleTree Inn in downtown Savannah. The SGA business meeting, the keynote address, and Cluskey Embankment Stores tour will occur in the morning 8am-11am, followed by an on-your-own break for lunch. The meeting resumes with afternoon guided tours of Fort Jackson at 1:30pm and Fort Pulaski at 3pm.  For details, please see the complete Spring Meeting Schedule. Key locations and times are embedded in the map below:

Registration for the morning meeting and keynote address is $10.00. Registration for the afternoon tours is $15.00. Total registration for all SGA Spring Meeting events is $25.00. Advance meeting registration is strongly encouraged, but registration at the door on the day of the meeting will be available. You can register for the meeting online at the SGA square store. Or you can  use this Registration Form and print, complete, and mail (to SGA Secretary, P.O. Box 80744, Atlanta, GA 30366) or email it to the SGA secretary. Pre-registrations must be received no later than May 1, 2017.

The DoubleTree Inn has agreed to reserve a block of twenty (20) room as a courtesy for a discounted rate of $189.00 a night plus taxes and fees. Click Here for a link to make reservations or call the hotel directly at 912-790-7000 and tell them you are interested in a room from the SGA block. Attendees can also find lodging elsewhere, with many lower priced alternatives located outside of downtown.

Parking is expected to be in high demand so members are encouraged to factor in a little extra travel time to account for parking. Do not count on the Double Tree Inn to have available parking! There are several public pay-for parking decks very close to the Double Tree Inn and meeting attendees are encouraged to seek these public areas to park. Parking in Savannah is not free so budget accordingly. Parking for afternoon tour attendees will be available at Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski and is included in your registration fee.

Poster Brigade Attacks 2017 Archaeology Poster Mountain

How does the Georgia Archaeology Month poster and education packet make it to the doorsteps of thousands of schools, libraries, and individuals across Georgia and other states? Only through the hard work of the Poster Brigade of The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA). This year’s brigade consisted of six hard-working, take-no-prisoners, roll-all-posters, stick-all-labels individuals including: Rhianna Bennett, Dan Elliott, Rita Elliott, Lee Herron, Tammy Herron, and Nompumelelo Hlophe. See them in these photos, taken in the heat of poster battle. The group was aided immensely by SGA’s partnership this year with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District (Savannah, Georgia). The USACE provided the perfect facility for poster packaging and shipping. A big shout-out to USACE personnel Julie Morgan and Taylor Wimberly as well as Keisha in the mail room and her compatriot and intern David! Thank you for all your assistance in getting the 2017 Raised from the Depths: The Civil War Archaeology of Georgia poster and education packet out to thousands! What? You don’t have one of these posters? Come to the spring SGA meeting in Savannah on May 13 to get a free poster! Click here for details on the upcoming meeting.

Lee incognito as Mr. Poster Man.

Ooops! Daniel!

Tammy playing whackamole.

Nompumelelo after rolling tube number 500!

Rhianna leads the Poster Calisthenics

2017 Archaeology Month Events

Join us as we celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month throughout the month of May! Thanks to the hard work of Society for Georgia Archaeology members across the state, the month of May is packed with exciting events for you to attend! The Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will be held May 18-20th in Madison.  Ocmulgee National MonumentEtowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, and Fort Hawkins will host artifact identification days along with other hands-on activities. Don’t miss  archaeology days at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, New South Associates in Stone Mountain and the Ezekial Harris House. The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeology Lab and Fort Daniel Historic Site will host separate Open Houses.   Click here to access the official Archaeology Month brochure.


Get Your Copy of the 2017 Lesson Plan

The Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents the 2017 Lesson Plan. It is the twentieth in SGA’s series of Archaeology Month-themed lesson plans, and it offers teachers and students alike lots of information, instruction, pictures, discussions, activities, and suggestions for additional reading and online resources to coincide with this year’s archaeology month theme.

The theme chosen by the SGA for Georgia Archaeology Month 2017 is Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.  The CSS Georgia was 1 of 5 ironclad vessels built during the Civil War and was scuttled in 1864 when Major General William T. Sherman advanced on Savannah. The CSS Georgia remained underwater until 2015 when underwater archaeologists recovered portions of the wreck. Fieldwork resumes this June and July to recover the remaining submerged portions of casemates and smaller items beneath these sections.

Click here to access the SGA’s 2017 lesson plan and learn more!

2017 Archaeology Month Poster

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! The theme of both Archaeology Month and of the Spring Meeting is “Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.” The meeting in Savannah will focus on the Civil War in Georgia and will spotlight the recent raising of the CSS Georgia and ongoing preservation work on the Confederate warship. We would like to thank the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Brockington and Associates, Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Georgia DNR Historic Preservation Division, The LAMAR Institute, and New South Associates for sponsoring the poster this year.


Front of the Poster:

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Back of the Poster:

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