Ocmulgee Archaeological Society

SGA Chapter based in the Macon-Warner Robins area; known as the OAS.
The OAS has its own website here.
Contact information:
c/o Stephen A. Hammack
8287 Lower Thomaston Road
Macon, GA 31220
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September 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Local chapter meetings are taking place in Macon, Atlanta, Dahlonega, and Buford, in the coming weeks. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days, archaeological lab instruction, and field day opportunities.

August 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days and field day opportunities.

June 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Archaeology events and meetings are taking place in Macon, Dahlonega, and Sautee-Nacoochee near Helen, GA. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days and field day opportunities.

April 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Local chapter meetings are taking place in Macon, Atlanta, Dahlonega, Buford, and Augusta in the coming weeks. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days, archaeological lab instruction, and field day opportunities.

Cemeteries and lot lines

Submitted by Stephen A. Hammack (stephen.hammack.ctr@robins.af.mil)

SH lot line fig cropped CUA little known fact about historic cemeteries is that they were often purposefully placed on land lot lines. This type of land usage seems to have been based on common sense, as land owners established family cemeteries on the edges of their property in places that were least likely to hinder agricultural activities. Several examples from Middle Georgia are discussed, although placing cemeteries on the furthest edges of property lines was common across the Southeast, and quite possibly across the nation.

OAS members visit Shinholser Mound site

Submitted by Stephen A. Hammack (Stephen.Hammack.ctr@robins.af.mil)

OAS logo CUOn March 5, 2011, Ocmulgee Archaeological Society members chose the Shinholser Mounds site on the Oconee River near Milledgeville for the group’s annual winter hike. Member Dr. Bob Cramer made the arrangements with the Thompson family, which owns the site. Thompson family member Tom Wood guided the group. The OAS is very appreciative of the family’s interest in preserving this important part of Middle Georgia’s past, and wishes to thank them for the site tour and for getting to spend a wonderful rainy day along the Oconee River at Shinholser!

4th annual Seven Islands Artifact ID Day growing interest among the public

Submitted by Stephen Hammack (stephen.hammack.ctr@robins.af.mil)

The annual Seven Islands Artifact ID Day on October 23, 2010, was hosted by the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society (OAS) and the Butts County Historical Society (BCHS). Members of Taylor County High School’s “Benjamin Hawkins Historical, Expeditionary, and Geographical Society (BHEGS) volunteered to help manage the archaeology tent. Now in its fourth year, the event has continued to gain support and receive more visitors.

Artifact identification day at Indian Spring Hotel, near Flovilla

2010_7_Islands_Artifact_ID_Day_CU.jpgMake plans now to join Ocmulgee Archaeological Society members for an artifact identification day on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, at the historic Indian Spring Hotel near Flovilla, about 55 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. See live demonstrations, too! The full story has a link to a downloadable flyer about the event….

OAS chapter meeting speakers announced for May and June

Submitted by Stephen A. Hammack (Stephen.Hammack.ctr@Robins.af.mil)

The Ocmulgee Chapter of the Society announces the speakers for its May and June meetings.

OAS speakers, artifact ID days, fieldwork

The OAS has had some great speakers of late. Jack Wynn spoke in August on the fascinating topic of South American Peruvian archaeology. OAS member Dick Brunelle, who is involved in several SGA chapters around the state, spoke in September about his volunteer experiences in archaeology from projects as different as Fort Daniel in Gwinnett […]

OAS busy educating the public, doing research

The OAS continues its mission of educating the public about the archaeology of Middle Georgia, and has had several excellent speakers this winter. In January Sam Lawson, recently returned to our area from south Georgia, gave a talk on the locations of the Creek towns that were along the Upper Ocmulgee from 1686 to 1716. […]

OAS members busy attending, sponsoring events

The OAS continues has continued its work throughout Middle Georgia this fall, and has quite a few interesting activities to report. Mark Barnes, recently retired National Park Service Archaeologist, gave the OAS a great talk on the old and new theories about Clovis and pre-Clovis sites on November 5, particularly relating to the Borax Lake […]

OAS looking for new meeting location

The Ocmulgee Archaeological Society (OAS) is working to finalize a meeting place for next year since we have to move from Ocmulgee National Monument (ONM), where we have been meeting since our re-establishment in 2003. The National Park Service’s budgetary restraints have made it impossible to have a ranger on duty after hours next year. […]

2006 Ocmulgee Archaeological Society

—photo by John Trussel John Trussell and Stephen Hammack visited two small caves along the Houston-Macon County line in August 2006 to look for petroglyphs. Only the Houston cave was large enough to crawl into, though John (2007 OAS Treasurer) put on his thinking cap and opted to take pictures. John’s photo of Stephen emerging […]