Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society

SGA Chapter based in Atlanta; known as GAAS
Contact information:
Scott Goodlow, President
email: GAAS_info@thesga.org
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The September issue of the GAAS newsletter is now available

GAAS_logo_100The latest edition of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS) newsletter, Atlanta Antiquity, is now available. Access a copy by clicking here.

Memorial service for Gordon Midgette held on May 17th

SGA_logo_web_100Georgia’s archaeological community mourns the loss of one of its own, Gordon Moody Midgette. Gordon will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues. Read on for Gordon’s obituary and more information about the memorial service.

Adam King to present on summer testing at Etowah

King_2003_Etowah_paperback_cover_CU.pngAt the next meeting of the GAAS, Dr. Adam King will give a presentation on his recent fieldwork at Etowah. His talk, “Summer Testing at the Etowah Site,” will focus on results of remote sensing and targeted test excavations at Etowah. The meeting will be held at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

GAAS January newsletter now available

GAAS_logo_100The latest edition of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS) newsletter, Atlanta Antiquity, is now available. Access a copy by clicking here.

SGA Chapter Challenge Won by Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society

SGA_logo_web_100Congratulations to the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS), who recently accepted the winning trophy from the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) President Tammy Herron, at the Fall 2013 meeting of the SGA held at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center Saturday, October 26 on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. GAAS President David Kasriel was present to accept the trophy.

GAAS May meeting report

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky

GAAS_logo_100The May 14th Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAAS) meeting featured the award-winning video I Remember, I Believe about the discovery of an unmarked African American cemetery dating to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was introduced by Dr. Hugh “Matt” Matternes of New South Associates. As part of improvements along a stretch of Sardis Church Road, New South investigated the burial ground. This video won awards at the Archaeology television channel international archaeology film and video festival.

GAAS April meeting report

Submitted by Leslie Perry

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS) speaker for April 2013 was Dr. James D’Angelo, who spoke on the links between Fort Daniel on Hog Mountain in present-day Gwinnett County, and the likely location of Fort Peachtree in present-day Atlanta. Beginning with early maps of Georgia, then tracing the 1780 treaty line of Oconee River forts, the Postal horse path in 1806, the Creek Wars Act of War of 1812, he then included the Ft. Mims massacre on Aug 30, 1813.

GAAS gets Singer-Moye update

Submitted by Lyn Kirkland and Stefan Brannan

SM testing CUAt their March meeting on the 12th, members and guests of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a Chapter of the SGA, enjoyed hearing about the Singer-Moye Mississippian-period mound-and-village settlement that some Chapter members had visited in June 2012 from Stefan Brannan, a University of Georgia graduate student who was directing a Field School there. Brannan says that Singer-Moye is “the second largest Mississippian period mound center in Georgia that no one has ever heard of.” Brannan’s research has revealed hitherto unknown and important information about this archaeological site.

GAAS April meeting: Forts Daniel and Peachtree

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAAS) of the SGA will meet next on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, at 6:30 pm at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The speaker will be Jim D’Angelo, who will discuss information from dozens of recently discovered documents at the National Archives are shedding new light on an old story, the roles of Fort Peachtree and Fort Daniel in the Creek Indian War of 1813-1815. Read more stories on this website about Fort Daniel here.

GAAS to learn about Singer-Moye in March

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAAS) of the SGA will meet next on March 12th, 2013, at 6:30 PM at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Our speaker will be Stefan Brannan of the University of Georgia; Mr. Brennan’s talk is titled Change and Continuity of a Mississippian Period Community at the Georgia Coastal Plain Mound Center of Singer-Moye. The program is free and open to the public.

GAAS talks trash at February meeting

Submitted by Lyn Kirkland, GAAS member and SGA Board Member

GAAS 2013 Feb MARTA 3 CUEver wonder what Atlantans threw away 100 years ago? Well, soon we will know as a result of The Phoenix Project, overseen by Georgia State University. At the Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAAS) meeting on February 12th at Fernbank Museum, members experienced a hands-on encounter with Atlanta’s dishes, bottles, and tools from trash pits over a hundred years ago. GAAS members sorted through a handful of the 469 boxes of artifacts composing the MARTA collection. At the meeting 6 or 7 more boxes were completed.

GAAS February meeting: MARTA archaeology

GAAS_logo_100The next meeting of the Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAAS) of the Society for Georgia Archaeology will be on February 12th at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and begin at 6:30PM. The meeting is free and open to the public. Our program will be lead by Dr. Jeffrey Glover of Georgia State University and students. Dr. Glover will discuss the MARTA archaeological collection.

January 2013 GAAS meeting set

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society is pleased to announce that Jannie Loubser will be the speaker at the meeting on January 8, 2013, at the Fernbank Museum Auditorium, which will begin at 6:30PM. Loubser’s talk is titled The Stone-Walled Complex within Track Rock Gap, Union County, far northern Georgia. Two test units excavated in 2002, one in a meandering stone wall and the other within a massive stone pile, revealed that both the wall and the stone pile are prehistoric in origin. The closest fit of the mapped and excavated remains are with the stone-walled complexes that Indians erected to honor and communicate with spirits of the dead.

GAAS to meet November 13th

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the SGA will meet on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, at 6:30PM to hear Tommy Hudson discuss Some Observations on Prehistoric Stone Structures in Georgia. For more than 40 years, Mr. Hudson has been researching and recording petroglyphs (rock art) and petroforms (rock man-made constructions) in Georgia. During this time, he has compiled a list of more than 120 petroglyphs and more than 130 petroforms in the northern half of Georgia, and the presentation is based on that research.

GAAS visits Stewart County

Submitted by Lyn B. Kirkland and Elizabeth Allan (lkirkla@aol.com)

Veg pharm CUOn Friday, June 29, 2012, twenty-plus members of the GAAS and their guests visited several notable locations in Lumpkin, Stewart County, in southwest Georgia: the Bedingfield Inn, the Hatchett Drug Store Museum, and the Singer/Moye archaeological site, a complex of nine Mississippian mounds, which now belongs to the University of Georgia and is currently being used for a UGA field school.

GAAS announces May speaker

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the SGA will meet on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, at 7:30 pm to hear a presentation by Michael Bunn, of Columbus. He will speak to the GAAS about the poorly known Creek Wars as they relate to the War of 1812. As Mr. Bunn notes, “Too few of the sites at which they were fought are interpreted for the public, and too few people understand their importance.” The topic is in accordance with May being Archaeology Month in Georgia, with a theme this year of the War of 1812 Bicentennial. The GAAS monthly meeting will take place at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. The meeting is free and open to the public.

GAAS March meeting presentation topic: Etowah

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the SGA will meet on March 13, 2012, at 7:30 pm to hear a presentation by Dr. Adam King who will be speaking about Mississippian imagery at the Etowah site located in Cartersville, GA. The meeting will take place at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.

Tammy Herron to speak at the February GAAS meeting

Submitted by Allen Vegostsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100 Tammy Herron of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) will be the guest speaker at this month’s GAAS meeting. Tammy will discuss her research on colonial sites in Aiken County, South Carolina and also some of the programs of the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA).

GAAS January meeting scheduled

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the SGA will meet on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, to hear a presentation by Jack Tyler and Terry Jackson about using GIS to track the loss of archaeological sites and to develop plans for conservation of remaining sites. The meeting is free and open to the public.

GAAS November speaker David Smith will discuss Mesoamerican caves

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society)

The November GAAS meeting will feature David Smith and his discussion of Mesoamerica. Caves in Mesoamerica have always had ritual, supernatural, and mystical connotations—rich sources of cultural material. David visited a remote area of the state of Oaxaco in Mexico where he and a friend video-taped the contents of a cave in the culturally and geographically inaccessible Mazateca Indian area. The site, known as Blade cave, is approximately 350 km southeast of Mexico City and was discovered by American spelunkers in 1985; it was undisturbed.

Long time GAAS member will be October speaker

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society)

The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society October speaker is Curtis Headrick, long time member of GAAS and a dedicated student of Central American cultures. The program will be at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Clifton Road, just north of Ponce de Leon and will begin at 7:30pm.

GAAS September meeting featuring Archaeologist Dr. Glover discussing The Maritime Maya

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society)

The talk will cover Dr. Jeffrey Glover’s recent archaeological investigations at the ancient Maya port site of Vista Alegre. Located along the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the work of Glover and colleagues is shedding light on this little known section of coastline.

GAAS Update: Summer 2011

Submitted by David Kasriel & Allen Vegotsky (Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society-GAAS has been busy this summer. Many chapter members have volunteered at various sites throughout Georgia and have been able to expand their archaeological knowledge through hands on excavation as well as participation in site supervisor lectures and updates. GAAS continues to be a great avenue for individuals interested in the hands-on archaeological experience. GAAS also has big news regarding their chapter president. Dennis Blanton has stepped down as president and, replacing Dennis will be Lyn Kirkland, who has been a member of GAAS for over 20 years.

GAAS member Robert Skarda to be featured on the GPB’s Georgia Traveler series

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

Robert Skarda and the Scull Shoals site show will be broadcast on the GPB’s “Georgia Traveler” series April 29th at 8PM and April 30th at 7PM. The broadcast is in conjunction with Scull Shoals Festival day. This unique event is linked with the Float Georgia event which is when canoes and kayaks full of interested parties stop at Scull Shoals for a Georgia history rest break. Be sure to watch the program!

April 13th GAAS meeting: Smoking ritual in the Mississippian Southeast

Submitted by Dennis Blanton, Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Dennis Blanton, Native American Archaeology Curator at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, will be speaking at the Wednesday, April 13th GAAS meeting located at Fernbank Museum at 7:30pm. Please note the date has been changed from Tuesday to Wednesday the 13th. The lecture will focus on the smoking ritual in the Mississippian Southeast. Blanton’s findings demonstrate that smoking became an indispensable religious practice but that it was manipulated to accommodate shifting social conditions.

March 8th GAAS meeting: Obsidian for the dead

Submitted by Dr. Zachary Hruby (Georgia State University)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society will meet Tuesday, March 8th, at 7 PM for its regular monthly meeting. The program will feature Georgia State University visiting lecturer Dr. Zachary Hruby who will discuss his research regarding lithic technology, epigraphy, and iconography of the Ancient Maya and Mesoamerica.

Undergraduate research projects presented to GAAS

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GAAS_logo_100Four archaeology students affiliated with Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, and interning at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, presented the results of substantive research projects to members of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS) and their guests on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011. The students have been working with GAAS President Dennis Blanton on data from a ca. 1540 village site in south Georgia. Read the full story for more information about their findings.

February 8th GAAS meeting: Medley of Fernbank intern studies

Submitted by Dennis Blanton (GAAS President)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society will meet Tuesday, February 8th, at 7 PM for its regular monthly meeting. The program will feature several brief reports on the research projects of Fernbank archaeology interns. The students have been affiliated with Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University, and over the past year have been assigned special topics that contribute to the larger Fernbank-sponsored research program related to early Spanish contact in Georgia. [UPDATED: restaurant change.]

January 2011 newsletter of the GAAS available

gaas_logo_cuThe January 2011 issue of Atlanta Antiquity, the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society’s monthly newsletter, is now available. This issue announces the new GAAS leadership.

GAAS January meeting rescheduled for Tuesday, the 25th, 2011

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s archaeology lab manager, Rachael Hensley will give a talk entitled Deciphering Lamar Incised Ceramics on the Lower Ocmulgee River.The January meeting is rescheduled for the 25th.

Flat Rock African-American Museum & Archives 1st annual celebration honors ancestors

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

The Flat Rock Archives Slave Cemetery Dedication and Libation Ceremony held October 30, 2010, paid tribute to the ancestors of their community through honor, celebration, and history. With a large turnout including news crews and Georgia Public Broadcasting, the community honored the Flat Rock historical church site, built in 1823, by blueprinting what was once the foundation and inviting people into the space. The crowd also visited the Slave Cemetery where a libation ceremony was held to honor the Flat Rock descendants’ ancestors. The celebration offered a realistic view into the past for the African-American community. SGA’s local chapter, the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, has been involved with preserving and caring for the cemetery through volunteer efforts since 2008.

Speaker at the GAAS November 9th meeting will discuss Spanish Paleolithic cave

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100Dr. Jim D’Angelo will give a Powerpoint talk on his recent visit to Cueva de la Pileta in Spain, one of the few Paleolithic caves in Europe still open to the public. Dr. D’Angelo will speak to the Greater Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society at its November meeting on the 9th. The meeting will be at Fernbank Museum of Natural History and begin at 7:30 PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. Also, the full story has a link to the November GAAS newsletter, Atlanta Antiquity.

Flat Rock Community history celebration: October 30th

Flat_Rock_Archives_CU.jpgThe Flat Rock Archives and Museum is hosting its 1st Annual Commemorative Ancestors’ Walk and Community History Celebration Saturday, October 30, 2010. Flat Rock Archives and Museum invites you to join efforts to restore, preserve and protect the historic Flat Rock Slave Cemetery—the resting place of more than two hundred slaves and ancestors. The cemetery is east-southeast of Atlanta, and south of Lithonia proper. Events begin with a walk/race that starts at 8 AM; events continue all day.

GAAS April meeting topic is William Bartram

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GAAS_logo_100Dr. Jim Kautz will speak to the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA, at our regular GAAS meeting on Tuesday April 13th. His presentation is titled “William Bartram and Archaeological Understandings in the Deep South”. Dr. Kautz has researched Bartram for some time and is the author of a recent biography of this famed writer, explorer, anthropologist (who visited and studied Native Americans in the late 18th century), naturalist, and poet.

GAAS schedules March meeting

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society’s March meeting will be on the Tuesday the 9th, at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, at 7:30 PM. The speaker will be GAAS’s own Allen Vegotsky. Allen will discuss Dr. Lindsey Durham (1789-1859), a physician who worked in the Scull Shoals community, south of Athens. Allen’s innovative presentation will take the form of a one-act play, and Allen will play both the Doctor and a narrator.

Read January and February issues of Atlanta Antiquity

GAAS_logo_100The January and February 2010 issues of Atlanta Antiquity, the newsletter of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA, are now available online.

AAS February meeting speaker: Scot Keith

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

At their February meeting, Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society members will hear a presentation by Scot Keith about the Leake Site, a primarily Middle Woodland mound and village site, which is near Cartersville and the Etowah Mounds. The meeting is Tuesday, February 9th. The presentation begins at 7:30, and Scot will have some artifacts you can look at if you arrive early!

Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign to be addressed at GAAS monthly meeting: 12 January

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society will start off the new year with a stimulating presentation by Garrett Silliman of Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc., titled Current Research in the Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign. Mr. Silliman’s talk will be presented at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Clifton Road (just north of Ponce de Leon) on Tuesday, January 12th, beginning at 7:30 PM.

November issue of Atlanta Antiquity now downloadable

GAAS_logo_100Catch up with the news of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, meeting monthly at Fernbank Museum of Natural History! The November issue of their monthly newsletter, Atlanta Antiquity, is now available. Read the full story by clicking [More] below.

September and October issues of Atlanta Antiquity available

GAAS_logo_100The full article has links to downloadable PDFs of the September and October issues of Atlanta Antiquity, the newsletter of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA.

Atlanta Antiquity for July and August

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GAAS_logo_100Read the full article by clicking [More] below to look at PDFs of the July and August issues of Atlanta Antiquity, the newsletter of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA.

June Atlanta Antiquity available

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

gaas_logo_cuThe June issue of Atlanta Antiquity, the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society’s monthly newsletter, is now available. Newsletter Editor Louie Campbell always puts together a useful and informative publication, with information not only about archaeology in Georgia, but about archaeology around the world.

Who made the “LACLEDE KING” brick: The answer

Submitted by Dick Brunelle (rfbdick@yahoo.com)

laclede-brick-co-1854_cuDick Brunelle has revealed the answer to the challenge he posed to readers almost two months ago, since no one logged in and submitted the answer. He asked people who made a brick he saw in LaGrange with “LACLEDE KING” stamped on it. As a tease, he noted: The brick is more closely related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, than it is to covered bridges in Georgia. Ed. note: You must read the full story; it’s wonderful!

Who made this brick?

Submitted by Dick Brunelle (rfbdick@yahoo.com)

hills_dales_cuIdentify the maker of a brick GAAS and SGA member Dick Brunelle found and photographed at Hills and Dales, the Callaway family plantation near LaGrange, and shown in the picture to the left.

Dick even gives two hints to make this puzzle easier….

Hynes “runs” research project in Egypt

emh_supervisingGreater Atlanta Archaeological Society and SGA member Terry Hynes recently “directed” a small project in the famous Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills in Egypt’s Nile Valley. Terry also toured Luxor and boated on the Nile during her trip-of-a-lifetime in early January.

GAAS teams with the Flat Rock Archive

Beginning in May 2008, members of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society have participated in a project complete with a sense of historic preservation and civic responsibility. Dedicating time and tools, members of GAAS have teamed up with the Flat Rock Archive in Lithonia, Georgia, to help in the restoration and documentation of the historic Flat […]

Obituary: Fred Scheidler (1947-2008)

Fred, doing what he loved. Georgia archaeology lost an enthusiastic advocate upon the premature death of Fred Scheidler on July 15th. Fred resided in Marietta and in recent years had become a constant and welcome participant at a host of archaeological gatherings in and around Atlanta. Archaeology was a lifelong interest of Fred’s, having become […]

GAAS busy with monthly meetings

Submitted by Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society

This has been another great year for the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, with membership increases and excellent monthly meeting programs. We are pleased to have new members from many backgrounds, including professional archaeologists, students, and avocational archaeologists. We want to thank SGA for continuing support in helping to recruit members and speakers for our monthly […]