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.

Official press release for Archaeology Month and the spring meeting

Submitted by Tammy Herron

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia, and the 2014 Spring Meeting is only days away! Please click here to for an official press release announcing the twenty-first annual Georgia Archaeology Month celebration and the upcoming 2014 Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology to be held in Cartersville, Georgia on Saturday, May 10th. Help us spread the word about Archaeology Month and the spring meeting. Our theme this year is Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever.

This week SGA president Tammy Herron and several board members were on hand at the State Capitol with Governor Nathan Deal for the official signing of the Archaeology Month Proclamation.

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To discover more about Georgia Archaeology Month, click here.

Download the digital version of the 2014 Georgia Archaeology Month poster

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is proud to offer this year’s Georgia Archaeology Month poster showcasing the theme Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever—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 10th in the Lakeside Ballroom at Red Top Mountain State Park near Cartersville. Please join us for lectures and a discussion of some of the causes of archaeological site destruction and hear how we can become better stewards of these irreplaceable resources. Click here to view the agenda for the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Events abound for Archaeology Month 2014

Join us as we celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month throughout the month of May, from the mountains to the sea. 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! Take part in tours and hands-on activities at Chieftains Museum, Etowah, and Fort Daniel. Don’t miss the chance to visit Abby the ArchaeoBus in Stone Mountain. You can also hear interesting lectures, visit archaeology labs, and even participate in a primitive skills workshop. Click here to view the full schedule of Archaeology Month events, and click here to access the official Archaeology Month brochure.

Host an event for Georgia Archaeology Month May 2014

Submitted by Melissa McKay, SGA Secretary

SGA_logo_web_100For the 21st year, the SGA is coordinating Georgia Archaeology Month, a statewide promotion that encourages the public to learn about the archaeological resources present in our state and creates awareness about the importance of protecting Georgia’s archaeological heritage. Your help is needed to plan the activities that will be the basis of our calendar of events. Possible activities include site tours, workshops, excavations for the public, open houses at museums or laboratories, exhibits, and lectures.

Please join in and help celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month 2014! Your event will be included in the calendar of events brochure, which will be distributed statewide and well as posted on the SGA website. This year’s Archaeology Month theme is “Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever.”

To submit an event, complete this form and submit it to Melissa McKay. Click here for a pdf of the call for events that you can share.