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.

May 2019 Archaeology Month Poster

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! The theme of both Archaeology Month and of the Spring Meeting is “Heritage Under the Waters: The Archaeology of Georgia’s Reservoirs”.  We would like to thank the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, Georgia DNR Historic Preservation Division,  Georgia Power, the LAMAR Institute, Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc., New South Associates, The UGA Center for Applied Isotope Studies and the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology for sponsoring the poster this year. Click here to download a pdf of the poster!

 

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Get Your Copy of the 2019 Lesson Plan!

The Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents the 2019 Lesson Plan. It is the twenty-second 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 2019 is  is Heritage Under the Waters: The Archaeology of Georgia’s Reservoirs. Beginning in the early 1900s until the 1980s, Georgia Power Company, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers constructed numerous dams on major waterways in Georgia. Nineteen of the thirty major reservoirs had some level of archaeological survey and evaluation. Many institutions took part in these surveys at the state and federal level, and these projects trained several generations of archaeologists and ignited public interest in the history of Georgia. These major projects served to document the data left behind by past human settlement on the landscape, providing the basis by which archaeologists could identify and interpret the varied ways humans articulated with the landscape and each other as they formed households, communities, and larger societies through time and space.

Click here to access the SGA’s 2019 lesson plan and learn more!

2019 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. A public lecture sponsored by the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be held in Macon and Camp Lawton will be offering a lantern guided historic tour of the grounds. public lecture sponsored by the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be held in Macon. Other fun events on the schedule include National Trails Day at Wormsloe Historic Site, New Echota Trade Day, Ranger Programs at Ocmulgee Mounds, Corn Husk dolls and Flint Knapping at Kolomoki Mounds and Civil War Encampments at Georgia Veterans State Park and Resort.

Click here to access the official Archaeology Month brochure.