2009 Archaeology Month

Archaeology Month 2009 is devoted to a celebration of the survival of artificial earthen mounds built by Native Americans in the centuries before the mid-1500s, and a meditation over their purpose and meaning. Careful research shows that the mounds are not all the same, and varied considerably in their design and purpose.

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Archaeology Month 2009 Recap

Submitted by Tammy Herron and Betsy Shirk (forehand@sc.edu or b.shirk@comcast.net)

The sixteenth annual Georgia Archaeology Awareness promotion, Archaeology Month 2009, had as its theme Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia. The annual Spring Meeting was held on May 16 at Wesleyan University in Macon with a crowd of 103 in attendance. An interesting array of presentations was compiled by President Dennis Blanton who was in charge of coordinating the program for the day. While the majority of the presentations focused on the archaeology of mound sites throughout the state, the audience also received an update on the preservation efforts at the Fort Daniel site in Gwinnett County and learned about the documentation of the Flat Rock African-American Cemetery in DeKalb County. The highlight of the day was the long-awaited unveiling of the ArchaeoBus (A.B. or Abbey for short); the rain ceased just in time for this special occasion. Those who were brave enough to wait out the rains Saturday evening and night and face the mud and biting insects on Sunday morning received another special treat. Approximately 25 courageous individuals hiked into the swamp under the leadership of park rangers from Ocmulgee National Monument to tour the Lamar Mounds and Village site.

Next SGA Board Meeting scheduled

sga_logo_cuThe next SGA Board Meeting will be at 3 pm on Friday, May 15th, in Taylor 110, a classroom at Wesleyan College in Macon.

Sunscreen. Check. Bug-spray. Check. Sunhat. Check.

ocmulgee_park_oblique_cuThe Lamar Mounds trip is on for Sunday, May 17th at 10 am. Meet at the Ocmulgee National Monument. Get your gear together and join us! Remember, this is a three-mile hike (round trip), and the road is muddy this season, and we will be immersed in hordes of mosquitos, and expect ticks, too.

Attend first ArchaeoBus event—the unveiling!

archaeobus_photo_cuYou are invited to attend the unveiling of the SGA’s latest big project, the ArchaeoBus, our new mobile archaeology classroom! Door prizes! Refreshments! An interactive kazoo event! After the “christening” you can tour the ArchaeoBus and see the exhibits inside! Mark your calendar, and come to Macon on May 16th!

Attend the SGA Spring Meeting!

sga_logo_cuMake plans NOW to attend the SGA meeting May 16th and 17th in Macon. On Saturday, we’ll enjoy presentations on the theme Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia at the Anderson Amphitheater in the Taylor Building on the campus of Wesleyan College. For those who stay over, on Sunday there’ll be a walking tour of the Lamar Mounds site south of Macon.

Spring GCPA meeting scheduled for Friday, May 15th

gcpa_website_logo87sqThe Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists has scheduled its semi-annual meeting for Friday, May 15th, from 1:45–3:30 pm in the Taylor building at Wesleyan College in Macon, in advance of the SGA Spring Meeting.

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

may_arch_mo_cuPlease enjoy Archaeology Month in Georgia. Attend the Society’s semi-annual meeting on May 16th and 17th at Wesleyan College in Macon ($10 per person). You may also want to attend another event, as many are held around the state!

Macon hotel rooms reserved

sga_logo_cuClick [More] immediately below for details on the rooms SGA has reserved in Macon at the Zebulon Road Fairfield Inn at a special rate for during the Spring Meeting. We hope to see you there!

2009 Archaeology Month Events brochure ready for downloading

events_thumbThe Society for Georgia Archaeology is proud to present the schedule of events for Archaeology Month 2009. Click [More] below to read more and download a PDF of the events calendar.

2009 Lesson Plan now available

house_miss_frameFor each of the last twelve years, the SGA has produced a Lesson Plan in coordination with Archaeology Month. This year’s Lesson Plan, called Learning through Archaeology: Etowah Indian Mounds, is now available. It coordinates with the theme of our 2009 Archaeology Month meeting, Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia. Our Spring Meeting will be held May 16th and 17th at Wesleyan College in Macon.

Governor signs 2009 Archaeology Month proclamation

2009gov_archmo_cuOn Thursday, 2 April, Governor Sonny Perdue proclaimed May Archaeology Month for 2009. Part of the proclamation states “Whereas: The study, interpretation and preservation of our archaeological sites offer important educational, cultural and economic benefits to all Georgians….” Read the full story and download a PDF of the proclamation by clicking [More] below.

Mounds in Our Midst

Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia

The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s 2009 Spring Meeting will be held 16-17 May at Wesleyan College in Macon, as part of Archaeology Month. The theme of the meeting is Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia. Archaeology Month 2009 is devoted to a celebration of the survival of prehistoric mounds, and a meditation over their purpose and meaning. $10 per person registration fee. Review the program and see a map of the meeting location by clicking [More] below.

You are cordially invited

Submitted by Rita Elliott (archaeobus@thesga.org)

archaeobus_littleAre you curious about all this hub-bub over some old vehicle? Come satisfy your curiosity and see the brand new ArchaeoBus at its christening. The ArchaeoBus, (A.B or “Abbey” for short), becomes official on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 4:00 pm, after the presentations at the Spring Meeting!

Archaeology Month events

Submitted by Pamela Johnson (pamjohnson@dot.ga.gov)

Please visit our online calendar to read about events happening around the state for 2009 Archaeology Month! May is Archaeology Month in Georgia!

Archaeology programs at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Submitted by Dean Wood (wdeanwood@southres.com)

The Preserve at Callaway Gardens is offering archaeology programs again this year. The Preserve at Callaway Gardens encompasses thousands of acres of land west of Callaway Gardens in Harris County. It is dedicated to the wise stewardship of our natural resources and to offering new, exciting, environmental education programs. Of all of Callaway’s land, this […]

Late-breaking Archaeology Month activity sponsored by the Friends of Scull Shoals

Submitted by Jack Wynn (jtmfwynn@windstream.net)

Event: Spring Crafts Festival, Scull Shoals Mill Village Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009 Time: 10 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Macedonia Road to FS Road 1234, Off GA Highway15, between Athens and Greensboro. For maps and directions see website here Contact: Bob Skarda, 770-846-1859, ; or Jack Wynn, 770-287-5506, Fee: $5.00; lunch available, additional charge […]

Open House—Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory

Submitted by Meggie Dunivent (meggied0716@gmail.com)

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory at the University of West Georgia is hosting their annual Open House on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Come out and bring the entire family, rain or shine! We will have an archaeological dig in the mock pit, flint knapping demonstrations by James […]

2009 Archaeology Month Sponsors

Primary Sponsor: The Society for Georgia Archaeology Co-Sponsors: Coosawattee Foundation Council on American Indian Concerns Edwards-Pitman Environmental Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists LAMAR Institute New South Associates, Stone Mountain Panamerican Consultants, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Southeastern Archeological Services, Athens TRC, Atlanta Bland & Associates, Atlanta Office of the State Archaeologist, Atlanta