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.

Get Your Copy of the 2018 Lesson Plan!

The Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents the 2018 Lesson Plan. It is the twenty-first 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 2018 is A Capital Idea! The Archaeology and History of Georgia’s Seats of Power.  In its history, Georgia has had five different official capitals and a number of other unofficial seats of power. Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and our present capital, Atlanta, have served as officialcapitals at different times in our state’s history. Other locales have served as temporary seats of power or defacto capitals. Places like Frederica in the Colonial era, Ebenezer and Heard’s Fort during the Revolutionary War, and Macon during the Civil War have served as temporary or emergency seats of power. There were also unsuccessful efforts to move the capital to Hardwick, 14 miles upriver from the mouth of the Ogeechee
River, i n the Colonial era by the citizens of Macon to have that city made the official capital in the nineteenth century.

Click here to access the SGA’s 2018 lesson plan and learn more!

May 2018 Archaeology Month Poster

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! The theme of both Archaeology Month and of the Spring Meeting is “A Capital Idea! The Archaeology and History of Georgia’s Seats of Power” The meeting in Milledgeville will have a lecture from keynote speaker Dr. Bob Wilson. Dr. Wilson is a historian and professor emeritus at Georgia College and noted authority on the early history of Georgia. We would like to thank the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, Georgia DNR Historic Preservation Division, the LAMAR Institute, Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc., and New South Associates for sponsoring the poster this year.

 

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2018 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!  Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site and Fort Hawkins will host artifact identification days along with other hands-on activities. Don’t miss  archaeology days at New South Associates in Stone Mountain, the Ezekial Harris House in Augusta, the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeology Lab in Carrollton and the Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien and the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon and at the Gwinnett History MuseumFort Daniel Historic Site in Buford will host an Open House and Fort Frederica National Monument along with the Southeast Archeological Center will be conducting excavations that the public can participate in. Public lectures at Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien and at the Chapter Meetings for the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society and the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society are also on the schedule.

 

Click here to access the official Archaeology Month brochure.