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

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)

Holiday Inn & Conference Center: 229-244-1111 (price range: $80 per night)

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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