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.

Weekend Schedule Details!


Welcome to the 2016 Society for Georgia Archaeology Spring Events!
We hope you have an enjoyable, educational, and delightful weekend. To ensure admittance, please wear your name tag to all events!

Friday, May 20

1:00-4:00      Pick up your registration packet at the St. Mary Visitors Center, 400 Osborne St., St. Marys, Georgia. Explore St. Marys!  Use the map in your packet to locate key spots.

  • Interpretive Trail (your packet contains a printed guide for this).
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, including Point Peter exhibit (Special tour of curatorial floor with your SGA name tag.)
  • Norris Marsh Walk
  • Oak Grove Cemetery
  • Historic Downtown Area

3:00-5:00     Orange Hall, visit and learn from archaeologists Kay and Dean Wood about the archaeology done there (Free admission with your SGA name tag.)

6:30     Social Time. Camden Hall, in the Cumberland Inn & Suites, 2710 Osborne Rd., St. Marys. Don’t forget your drink tickets! Please wear your SGA name tag.

7:00-9:00     Dinner, SGA Mini-Meeting, Keynote Presentation by archaeologist Meredith Hardy.

Saturday, May 21

8:30     Gather outside at the Cumberland Island Visitors Center. Please wear your SGA name tag.

9:00     Depart promptly on SGA charter boat. DO NOT take the regularly departing ferry that leaves from the same dock area!

9:00-9:45     Sail to Cumberland Island, debarking at Dungeness dock.

9:45-10:00     Restroom Break.

10:00-4:00     Round Robin tours at 10, 12:30, 2:30. At 10 am participants break into three groups to participate in all three tours:

“Footsteps Tour” of Dungeness historic area. Guide-Curator John Mitchell.

“Plum Orchard Tour”. Guide –Interpreter Nick Roll. Van travel to site.

“South End Tour”. Guides – Archaeologist Meredith Hardy & Chief of Resource Management  John Fry.

4:00-4:45     Visit Ice House Museum & Free time for exploration.

4:45     Board SGA charter boat at Dungeness dock. DO NOT take the regularly departing ferry.

5:00     Sail promptly to St. Marys, returning at 5:45.


Special Thanks to the following for their enthusiastic assistance:

Angela Wigger, Director of Tourism, St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau

Meredith Hardy, Archaeologist, Southeastern Archeological Center, National Park Service

Staff, Southeastern Archeological Center, National Park Service

John Fry, Chief of Resource Management, Cumberland Island National Seashore, National Park Service

Gary Ingram, Superintendent, Cumberland Island National Seashore, National Park Service

Richard Butler, Cumberland Island Inn & Suites

Cumberland tour guides John Mitchell, Nick Roll, and Bernie Huber

The many SGA members who worked to bring you this weekend.

Archaeology Month activities announced

CaptureThe 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 “Dynamic Borders: The Archaeology of Cumberland Island.”

Of primary importance to SGA members is the Society’s Spring Meeting, which will be held on Friday May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 2016 in St. Marys, Georgia and Cumberland Island.

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

To view more information about upcoming events click here.

All 2016 Spring Meeting information is here.

SGA Spring Meeting 2016


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Mark your calendar!

The SGA Spring Meeting will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2016 in St. Marys & Cumberland Island as part of 2016 Archaeology Month celebrating – Dynamic Borders: The Archaeology of Cumberland Island.


The events planned for Friday in St. Marys, Georgia and the excursion to Cumberland Island the following day are below.

Friday, May 20th

Check in (1-4 pm): Come to the St. Marys Visitors Center located at 400 Osborne St, St Marys, GA 31558 to pick up information packets at the registration table.

  • Enjoy historic St. Marys by following the self-guided, interpretive trail detailing the history of this enchanting coastal town
  • Visit the impressive Orange Hall (admission included with registration), and learn about archaeological investigations at this early 19th century mansion.
  • Visit the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum and discover the area’s War of 1812 history through the Point Peter exhibit
  • And, visit local shops and galleries.

Evening banquet (6:30-9:00 pm): An evening banquet with key-note speaker Meredith Hardy, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, Southeastern Archeological Center will be held at the Cumberland Inn and Suites Banquet Room at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a catered dinner and will include a talk focusing on archaeological excavations on Cumberland Island.

Poster Back

Saturday, May 21st

Join us for an all day excursion to Cumberland Island from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enjoy the exclusive round trip ride to Cumberland Island – look for dolphins, water birds, and other wildlife. Disembark for morning and afternoon guided tours of Dungeness Ruins, Plum Orchard, and shoreline sites, and a box lunch picnic.