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The SGA Spring 2017 Meeting Announcement and Registration

The SGA Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Savannah as part of 2017 Archaeology Month celebrations. The theme for this year’s Archaeology Month is “Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.” We will meet at the DoubleTree Inn, 411 West Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Click here for the event schedule and registration details!

2017 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! The Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will be held May 18-20th in Madison.  Ocmulgee National […]

B.R.A.G. meeting announcement for March 8th in Dahlonega

The Blue Ridge Archaeological Guild (B.R.A.G) is a SGA chapter in north Georgia. At their next meeting, Dr. David Noble, will speak on the “Cutting Edge of Science at Kettle Creek”  using cadaver dogs, X-ray Flurescence and ground penetrating radar to locate burials. Read the announcement for more details .

Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society February Newsletter

The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society has recently released its Atlanta Antiquities Vol 5 No 2 February 2017(1).  The newsletter contains information about the recently approved Fort Frederica Legislation as well as information on February guest speaker, Emma Mason, an archaeologist with GDNR HPD who will present on an archaeological database that will be used by […]

SGA Fall 2016 Meeting

SGA_logo_web_100 In lieu of our annual Autumn meeting, the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) will be hosting a symposium at the 73rd Annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) Meeting in Athens, GA October 26-29, 2016. This symposium brings together a collection of recent archaeological research in Georgia. The papers presented will explore Georgia’s dynamic past ranging from the Archaic period to the twentieth century, including current events concerning the future of professional archaeology in Georgia. The session will conclude with a brief SGA meeting.

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.

Weekend Schedule Details!

The Spring 2016 Meeting is imminent! Remember to check out the details for this weekend by Reading This Post and be sure to pick up your information packets from the St. Mary Visitors Center between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, Friday, May 20th, located at 400 Osborne St., St. Marys, Georgia.

Archaeology Month activities announced

The SGA is proud to announce the events associated with this year’s Archaeology Month, which is May. An events brochure is linked in the full story…. Join SGA at its Spring Meeting Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, in St. Marys, Georgia and Cumberland Island.

SGA Spring Meeting 2016

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! The SGA is proud to announce the Spring “Meeting” will be held on Friday, May 20-21, 2016 in St. Marys & Cumberland Island, Georgia as part of 2016 Archaeology Month celebrations. The theme for this year’s Archaeology Month is “Dynamic Borders: The Archaeology of Cumberland Island.” – exploring pre-contact and historic archaeological sites across Cumberland Island, the dynamic environment of a coastal barrier island and the impacts of climate change to Georgia’s coastal resources. We welcome both SGA members and non-members to join us! For more details please visit the Spring Meeting Information Page.

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.

March 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 Atlanta, Cartersville, Dahlonega, and Buford in the coming weeks. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology. Also be sure to tell everyone to contact their house representatives to share concerns about Senate Bill 346.

February 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 Atlanta, Dahlonega, and Macon this week and in Buford next week. A three day event is scheduled for February 18-20 in Savannah for the Ossabaw Island Foundation Symposium.

Fall 2015 Meeting Information

The SGA Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Gwinnett County. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 7th Annual Frontier Faire at the Fort Daniel Monument, in Hog Mountain, Georgia, near Buford Georgia, 30519.

There’s a Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (B.R.A.G.) meeting this week!

Submitted by Wayne Hooper

The Blue Ridge Archeological Guild (B.R.A.G.) will meet on Wednesday, June 17th, at 6:00 PM in the community room of United Community Bank on Hwy 52 in Dahlonega, Georgia.
The guest speaker will be Wayne Hooper, the Secretary of B.R.A.G. and a member of the “Gilmer County Historical Society and Museum” in Ellijay, who will present on “Coosa Kingdom’s first contact with Hernando De Soto in 1540.” This meeting is free to the public. Click here to read more.

Call for Papers: 2015 Symposium on the Archaeology of the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Submitted by S. Dwight Kirkland (dkirk@windstream.net)

The South Georgia Archaeological Research Team has issued a call for papers for the 2015 Symposium on the Archaeology of the Southeastern Coastal Plain to be held on August 22, 2015 at South Georgia State College, Douglas. Instructions are in the full story. Put this exciting event on your calendar!

Stallings Island Events in the Augusta Area

SGA_logo_web_100 Stallings Island will be the focus of two lectures as well as a month long exhibition in Augusta. Join Dr. Ken Sassaman, Hyatt and Cici Brown on Friday, January 16 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art at 6 p.m., and Dr. Sassaman at the Augusta Museum of History at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 17 for the talks and be sure to view the work of Lillie Morris at the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery at an open reception on Friday, January 16 from 6-8 p.m.

Take Action: Ocmulgee Expansion Vote Set for November 10th

SGA_logo_web_100 With your help, Ocmulgee National Monument could become much larger in just one week. If you attended SGA’s Spring and Fall 2014 meetings or live anywhere near Macon, you know this story has been a hot topic this year. Ocmulgee National Monument, located just outside of Macon, is a park dedicated to protecting and educating the public about its wealth of natural and cultural resources and is famous for the Mississippian mound sites on its grounds.

Bartow History Museum hosts preview of Leake site exhibit

sga_logo_cuThe Bartow History Museum invites you to a special event on October 3, 2013. This special event will open the museum’s latest feature exhibition, “Pieces of the Past: Bartow’s Leake Site.” The exhibit preview will begin at 6:00 p.m. and a lecture by archaeologist Scot Keith will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Events abound for Archaeology Month 2013

sga_logo_cuMay is Archaeology Month in Georgia, and thanks to the hard work of SGA members across the state, this year the month of May is packed with exciting events in nearly every corner of Georgia. Just a few of the planned events include: tours and hands-on activities at Etowah, Camp Lawton, Fort Daniel, and a chance to visit the ArchaeoBus in Stone Mountain. Click here to view the full schedule of Archaeology Month events, and click here to access the official Archaeology Month brochure.

Register online for the Spring Meeting

Please pre-register for the SGA’s 2013 Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 18th, in Macon using the SGA’s new online registration option. You can pre-register for morning presentations and an afternoon tour of Ocmulgee National Monument, and pre-pay for a box lunch. (You can also register on-site; you must be registered to attend either morning or afternoon events.) So, get your credit card and proceed!

Open house at the Waring Laboratory of Archaeology

waring_lab_logo_100x100The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Laboratory of Archaeology at the University of West Georgia is pleased to announce its 2013 open house. Come out to the Waring Lab on Saturday, April 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a chance to tour the lab and learn about archaeological research and collections curation. This event is free and open to the public, and features family-friendly activities, including a mock excavation, flint knapping demonstrations, artifact identification, an atl-atl throwing demonstration, and other activities and games. For more information about the event, check out the SGA events calendar, and download a flyer by clicking here.

First Americans lecture in Dahlonega, April 4th

Smallwood handax CUDr. Ashley Smallwood, Director of the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory at the University of West Georgia, will speak to the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild, a Chapter of the SGA, and the presentation’s co-sponsor, the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Dr. Smallwood will discuss three theories of how people first reached the Americas at 7 pm on April 4th in Young Hall Room 202, Dahlonega.

Mini-conference on the archaeology of POWs

georgia_southern_logoThe Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern Museum, and the Department of History will host “Captive Warriors: The History and Archaeology of POWs,” a half-day lecture series, on Tuesday, March 12, at Georgia Southern University. The mini-conference will feature three speakers from Georgia Southern: historians Brian Feltman and Michael Van Wagenen, and archaeologist Lance Greene. All events are free and open to the public. Access a flyer for the conference by clicking here.

ASSC conference features keynote lecture on Etowah

ASSC_website_logo_CUThe Archaeology Society of South Carolina is holding its annual conference in Columbia this Saturday, March 2nd, from 8:30 to 5:00 in Gambrell Room 250. Registration for the conference on Saturday is $10 with a reduced rate of $5 for seniors and students. ASSC Members are admitted free of charge. For more information about the conference, click here.

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.

Advanced metal detecting class offered

Metal detecting webpage banner CUAdvanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) and the continuing professional education program of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) are proud to announce that the second AMDA course offering will be April, 19–21, 2013, in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The tuition is $250.00 (16 credits) or $350.00 (24 credits). Seven instructors and additional industry representatives will be present, and we have space for 30 students. Completed registration forms and checks must be received by March 15, 2013.

2012 Fall Meeting wrap-up

Submitted by Catherine Long

Read about the Fall 2012 Meeting events and activities in Columbus. We spent the morning at the Columbus Museum, and in the afternoon visited the National Civil War Naval Museum. Read the full story for details.

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.

“Alligators, Mosquitoes and Shovel Tests”

Savannah Ogeechee logoThe Coastal Georgia Archaeological Society will meet on Saturday, November 10th, at 2:00PM at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum to hear Ellen Harris of the Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission speak about recent digs and a proposed new archaeological ordinance for Chatham County. Her presentation is titled Alligators, Mosquitoes and Shovel Tests: Archaeology in and Around Savannah. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The SGA at CoastFest 2012

Submitted by Kevin Kiernan (kevin.kiernan@gmail.com)

00 coastfest 2012 CUOnce again, the SGA sent the Archaeobus to CoastFest 2012, in Brunswick, along with tables of displays staffed by fifteen member-volunteers (thank you! thank you!). Kevin Kiernan took the organizational lead on this event. Over 8000 people from across Georgia and nearby states crowded onto the grounds of the DNR’s Coastal Regional Headquarters near the beautiful Sidney Lanier Bridge to attend this event on Saturday, October 6th, with many touring SGA’s offerings.

2012 Fall Meeting presentation schedule

The SGA is proud to announce the morning schedule for the 2012 Fall Meeting, Saturday, October 27th, at the Columbus Museum’s Patrick Theater. We’ll tour in the afternoon. Remember, hotel reservation deadlines have been extended to October 12th. For all stories regarding the Fall Meeting, click here.

Hotel reservation deadline extended

The deadline for getting the discounted rate at the Holiday Inn (Manchester Expressway, Columbus) for the 2012 Fall Meeting has been extended to October 12th. Don’t delay! Get your room reserved soon! (The meeting is Saturday, October 27th.) For all stories regarding the Fall Meeting, click here.

2012 Fall Meeting abstracts

The SGA is proud to announce the presentations we’ll be hearing at the Fall Meeting, on Saturday, October 27th, at the Columbus Museum’s Patrick Theater. Go to the full story for the abstracts, and a downloadable version, too. For more stories on the SGA’s meeting, click here.

Reminder: Attend SOGART Symposium on August 18th

The South Georgia Archaeological Research Team, SOGART, a Chapter of the SGA, is sponsoring the 2012 Symposium on Southeastern Coastal Plain Archaeology, to be held Saturday August 18th in Stubbs Hall Auditorium on the South Georgia College campus in Douglas. Registration is free, and will begin at 8:00AM. Papers are scheduled for all day, and topics should appeal to anyone interested in Georgia archaeology. Click here to access a PDF of the all-day symposium program.

Panel discussion scheduled for Saturday, May 12th, in Savannah

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

2012 Planning Commission panel discussion flyer CUThe Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission announces a panel discussion titled “Perspectives in Archaeology: Digging for the Truth” to be held Saturday, May 12th, at 2PM, at Trinity Church, Telfair Square, Savannah. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. This is one of many events celebrating Georgia’s 2012 Archaeology Month.

Spring 2012 Meeting hotel and meeting info

Submitted by Tammy Herron (tfherron@gmail.com)

Please make plans to attend the Spring 2012 Meeting of The Society for Georgia Archaeology on Saturday, May 19th, at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. The meeting will be held in the Student Center (Level 1, LVIS Room), and registration begins at 8:00am. The SGA has reserved rooms at the nearby Country Inn & Suites—Lawrenceville. These rooms will be available at the group rate until Wednesday, April 18th.

2012 Georgia Social Studies Fair SGA/GCPA award winners

Submitted by Lynn Pietak (lpietak@edwards-pitman.com)

Frontiers in the Soil cover at angle CUThe Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) and the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists (GCPA) gave two awards at the Georgia Social Studies Fair 2012. The SGA and GCPA are pleased to give awards at this event because it supports our mission “to unite all persons interested in the archaeology of Georgia and to work actively to preserve, study and interpret Georgia’s historic and prehistoric remains.” The 2012 winners are fifth-grader John Hendricks of Jasper Elementary in Pickens County and eighth-grader Connor Hynek of Herschel Jones Middle School in Paulding County. Awards include a copy of the book Frontiers in the Soil, also available from the SGA.

Rock carving expert to speak about Mayans in northern Georgia

Submitted by Jim Langford (jlangford@fc-solutions.com)

Etowah_md_in_winter_CUCome to the Museum at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00pm to hear the REAL story of rock structures on a mountainside in Union County—structures that sparked the recent controversy about Mayans in North Georgia. Our speaker for this meeting of the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will be Dr. Jannie Loubser, an archaeologist and world expert on rock carvings and rock structures.

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).

February GIAS meeting: The life and times of the sixteenth century Guale

The Golden Isles Archaeological Society will hold their February meeting Tuesday the 7th at St. Simons Elementary School in the Cafeteria at 7:00pm. The meeting will feature Ryan Sipe of Georgia Southern University and is titled Georgia’s Mission Frontier: The Life and Times of the Sixteenth Century Guale.

NWGAS to host Artifact Identification Night November 10th, 2011

Submitted by Jim Langford (Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society)

The Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will host their Artifact Identification Night at the Etowah Mounds Museum on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 pm. All members of the public are invited.

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.

UGA students learn primitive skills, atlatl throwing

Submitted by M. Jared Wood (woody@uga.edu)

Scott Jones demonstrating atlatl CUThe University of Georgia Student Association for Archaeological Sciences recently sponsored a day-long atlatl workshop with Scott Jones, primitive technologist and expert in atlatl manufacture and use. Twelve SAAS members and their faculty advisor, Jared Wood, gathered at Scott’s outdoor classroom at “The Woods” just northeast of Lexington, and listened to Scott’s exciting lecture, then practiced primitive skills, and had great fun taking aim at cardboard quarry. The full story includes many exciting photographs of the outing.

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.

Fort Daniel and GARS to host annual Frontier Faire October 15-16, 2011

Submitted by James J. D’Angelo (President and Site Archaeologist)

The Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), along with Fort Daniel Foundation (FDF) members are sponsoring a Frontier Faire to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 11am to 4pm. All are cordially invited to attend.

Kevin Kiernan to lecture at the Ashantilly Center in Darien, Georgia, September 18, 2011

Submitted by Kevin Kiernan

Kevin Kiernan, Board member of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, will speak about WPA Archaeology on St. Simons Island during the Great Depression. His lecture is this Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 5 p.m. at the Ashantilly Center in Darien, Georgia.

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.

NWGAS September meeting: Geoarchaeological Studies of Mounds-An Example from Etowah

Submitted by Jim Langford (Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society)

The Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will have our next regularly scheduled meeting of the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society on next Thursday, Sept. 8th, at New Echota Historic Site. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. All members of the public are invited. Admission is free.

GARS to sponsor Frontier Faire

Submitted by Leslie Perry (Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society)

The Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), along with Fort Daniel Foundation (FDF) members are sponsoring a Frontier Faire to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 11am to 4pm. All SGA members and their guests are cordially invited to attend.

Archaeologist Garrett Silliman lecture at Stone Mountain Park

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

Stone Mountain Park Lecture Series is hosting their last free lecture in the series entitled Current Research in the Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign, hosted by the Stone Mountain Historical Society. The speaker is Garrett Silliman of Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. The lecture is located inside Stone Mountain Park at Memorial Hall and starts at 7:15pm, Thursday, August 11, 2011.

Attention: Hosts of Archaeology Month 2011 events

Submitted by Pam Baughman, SGA Secretary (sgasecretary@thesga.org)

Hosts of events for Archaeology Month 2011 are requested to send follow-up information to SGA Secretary Pam Baughman. She’s especially interested in the number of attendees. Get together a story about your event along with a picture, and we’ll post it right here on the SGA website, too!

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.

Ongoing events during Georgia Archaeology Month 2011

Submitted by Pam Baughman (pajgriffin@comcast.net)

For the 18th year, 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. Archaeology Month occurs during May, and the 2011 theme is “Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War Through Archaeology.” The full story lists ongoing events, mostly exhibits.

Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology April 9, 2011

Submitted by Chris Judge, Program Chair (judge@sc.edu)

What do Ice Age hunters on the banks of the Saluda River near Columbia (South Carolina), General Francis Marion, slave potters in the Lowcountry, the Confederate Navy, and cadavers dug up on USC’s horseshoe have in common? They are all topics of public presentations at the 2011 Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology to be held at the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina. Geared for non-professional audiences this all-day affair is open to the public for a $10 registration fee and $5 for students and seniors.

Scull Shoals Heritage Festival, Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky

Scull_Shoals_window_frame_CU.jpgScull Shoals Heritage Festival organized by the Friends of Scull Shoals is planned for April 30th, 2011. It will be an exciting day with tours, crafts, food, old time music, entertainment and more. Scull Shoals is an historic and archaeological site on the Oconee River, between Athens and Greensboro. It was once a frontier village where Creek Indians and European pioneers lived in proximity (sometimes peacefully), and, later, the town used water power for mills, and the surrounding factory town.

Membership in SGA—a minute with new Secretary Baughman

Submitted by Pamela Baughman, SGA Secretary (sgasecretary@thesga.org)

SGA Secretary Pamela Baughman is excited to be heavily involved in SGA and SGA Leadership. She wants to see others enjoy this same excitement and become a member of the SGA. The SGA is an organization that recognizes amateurs and professionals in lectures, fieldwork, meetings, and other events focused to promote the preservation of archaeological sites, the study of archaeological data, and education to the general public about archaeological issues.

Call for papers: 2011 Symposium on the archaeology of the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Submitted by S. Dwight Kirkland, Program Planner (dkirkland@sehorizons.com)

The South Georgia Archaeological Research Team (SOGART) will hold its annual research symposium on Saturday, August 20, 2011. Anyone interested in making a presentation can contact Dwight Kirkland. Listeners are invited, too! Come for a day of sharing, learning, and camaraderie.

GIAS’s April meeting: Speaker will be Mack Carlton

GIAS Golden Isles CUThe next meeting of the Golden Isles Archaeological Society will be at 7 PM on April 12th at the St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Boulevard. Mack Carlton, GIAS member, will be the speaker. He will bring the story of the Pikes Bluff Battle. Read the March 2011 issue of The Antiquarian, the newsletter of the GIAS, by clicking here.

Moccasin Bend walking tour planned

Join National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden for a two-hour walking tour exploring some of the “hidden” history at the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District on Sunday, March 13th, beginning at 4 PM.

NWGAS March 10th meeting entitled Creek and Cherokee at Chattanooga’s Moccasin Bend Site

Submitted by Jim Langford (jlangford@fc-solutions.com)

The Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will hold a meeting Thursday, March 10th, 2011, at the Etowah Indian Mounds Site near Cartersville. The lecture presented by Dr. Nick Honerkamp of the University of Tennesse at Chattanooga is Creek and Cherokee at Chattanooga’s Moccasin Bend Site. Located at the toe of Lookout Mountain, Moccasin Bend is one of America’s most unique and scenic archaeological sites—located at a significant geographic and geologic crossroads.

Phoenix Flies celebrates Atlanta’s past during March

The Phoenix Flies unites a community of Preservation Partners, to enhance Atlanta and promote its heritage. The 2011 The Phoenix Flies: A Citywide Celebration of Living Landmarks has well over 100 FREE events scheduled around the city from Saturday, March 5th, through Sunday, March 20th.

Volunteer opportunity: Johannes Kolb Archaeology & Education Project

Whitt_TN_cover_CU Join Johannes Kolb Archaeology & Education Project, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on the Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve, Darlington County, SC on March 7-12, 14-18, 2011, Open 9am to 4pm daily.
Public Day is March 12, 2011. This is a great opportunity to volunteer on an archaeological site.

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.

UGA hosting presentation about Camp Lawton

Submitted by Jared Wood (woody@uga.edu)

Snedon 1864 Camp Lawton detail CUThe UGA Student Association for Archaeological Sciences is sponsoring an exciting, free event on Friday, February 18 at 6:00 pm in the UGA Zell Miller Learning Center, Room 171, on the UGA campus in Athens. Archaeologist Dr. Sue Moore, Georgia Southern University, will discuss “Sacred Ground: Archeology at Camp Lawton,” emphasizing recent investigations and new findings at Camp Lawton, a relatively unknown and recently re-discovered Confederate prison camp that operated in 1864 near Millen.

Hominid remains lecture in Statesboro, February 12th

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Georgia Southern Online Magazine Lee Berger CUGSU alum Lee Berger will present From Georgia Southern to Africa—The Pathway to the Discovery of the Most Complete Early Humans in History at Georgia Southern University’s Carol A. Carter Recital Hall in the Foy Building on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

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.]

Plan an event for Archaeology Month in Spring 2011

Submitted by Pamela Baughman (pbaughman@dot.ga.gov)

sga_logo_cuPlan an event anywhere in the state for Archaeology Month in spring 2011! This story links to a form you can download and fill out to get your event listed in our Calendar of Events brochure, which is distributed around the state, and beyond. Activities of all sorts are encouraged!

CGAS sponsors talk in February

Savannah_Ogeechee_canal_CU.jpgThe Coastal Georgia Archaeological Society is sponsoring a speaker on Sunday, February 6, at 2:00 pm at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum, 681 Fort Argyle Road (Route 204), Savannah, as part of Super Museum Sunday. The speaker is P.T Ashlock, and the presentation is titled, “Archaeology of Ebenezer: How the Method of Ground Penetrating Radar Helped Reveal a Fort from the American Revolution”.

Leake site talk at Tellus Museum

Submitted by Scot Keith (New South Associates, inc.)

Scot Keith, Archaeologist and Principal Investigator with New South Associates will be giving a talk regarding the Leake site at the Tellus Science Museum near Cartersville, Thursday, February 3, 2011.

The Chattahoochee Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Submitted by Mike Bunn (The Columbus Museum)

Civil_War_CU.jpgThe Chattahoochee Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration is a series of collaborative events staged by a wide variety of cultural institutions in the lower Chattahoochee River Valley area of Alabama and Georgia which will investigate the enduring legacy of the Civil War. Events are taking place in the spring and early summer of 2011.

Archaeology meeting and pottery washing—January 13th at New Echota

Submitted by Jim Langford (jlangford@fc-solutions.com)

On Thursday, January 13, 2011, we will have our annual “pottery washing” event and workshop at New Echota Historic Site located near Calhoun. This is part of our regularly scheduled meetings of the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00pm. The public is enthusiastically encouraged to attend.

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.

NWGAS chapter meeting November 11 at Etowah Mounds Museum

Submitted by Jim Langford (jlangford@fc-solutions.com)

Etowah_md_in_winter_CUThe Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society is holding their chapter meeting meeting at the Etowah Indian Mounds Museum, Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 7pm. Presentation by Tommy Hudson entitled Prehistoric Stone Constructions in Georgia: An Overview. Tommy is a local researcher and founding member of the Eastern States Rock Art Research Association.

By the numbers: SGA and the Georgia National Fair 2010

Submitted by Rita Elliott, ArchaeoBus Chair (ritafelliott@gmail.com)

Abby the ArchaeoBus met countless numbers of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Georgia National Fair in Perry this October. Visitors had a unique opportunity this year to learn about Georgia’s archaeology and preservation in a fun and interactive way, courtesy of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Families and adults were actively engaged in learning these messages, as were field trip students. Countless children left Abby positive messages in her visitor book. Also, a special thanks to the hard working cadre of volunteers at the ArchaeoBus exhibit.

Herb Walk in Greene County on November 7th

Scull_Shoals_herbalist_walk_2010_Nov_CU.jpgAre you curious about the native plants that nineteenth-century Georgia herbalists used in their concoctions? Mark Sunday, November 7, on your calendar, and plan a trip to the Scull Shoals Education Center, just off GA 15 between Athens and Greensboro, and join horticulturist Debbie Cosgrove on a guided tour of the Herb Walk on the grounds created by the Friends of Scull Shoals. Cost is $5.00 per person.

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.

2010 Fall Meeting—in pictures!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

HPD_budget_reductions_CU.jpgThe SGA met on St. Simons Island, east of Brunswick, on a lovely fall weekend in mid-October, and explored archaeological sites there and in the SSI area. Enjoy dozens of pictures from the tour in the full story. The SGA thanks all who organized the trip, discussed the places we visited, and gave us permission to visit them—and to all non-members who joined our tour.

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….

Time to register for October meeting!

If you haven’t done so already, we invite you to make plans to join the SGA at the Fall Meeting, which will be held on St. Simons Island and environs from Friday-Sunday, 15-17 October 2010. The theme of the meeting is Historic Preservation of Prehistoric, Colonial and Plantation Structures on the Coast, and attendees will tour (plan to carpool!) many interesting historic and prehistoric sites in the area, guided by archaeologists familiar with each location.

Register NOW for Fall Meeting

Submitted by Kevin Kiernan (kevin.kiernan@gmail.com)

UPDATED!
Now’s the time to get out your calendar and checkbook, and make your reservations for the Fall 2010 meeting. The Fall meeting will take place on St. Simons Island and environs from Friday-Sunday, 15-17 October 2010. The general theme of the meeting is Historic Preservation of Prehistoric, Colonial and Plantation Structures on the Coast. Reservations for events and hotel rooms are due by September 8th. We have dropped the Friday night BBQ and accordingly adjusted the Friday activities for early arrivals. Send in your completed form and check NOW!

Upcoming SOGART Symposium in Douglas

SOGART’s 2010 Symposium on Southeastern Coastal Plain Archaeology will be held Saturday, August 14th, at South Georgia College, in Douglas. Registration begins at 8 am, with papers until 3:45.

AAS sets August meeting

The Augusta Archaeological Society’s August meeting will be Friday, August 13th at Villa Europa Restaurant, Augusta. The speaker will be Jared Wood of the University of Georgia, discussing Mississippian-period research he’s carried out in Screven County.

Save the date: Fall 2010 Meeting

sga_logo_cuSave the date for this year’s Fall Meeting, to be held in the Brunswick/St. Simons Island area on Saturday, October 16th.

Pictures from Spring 2010 Meeting

2010_Spr_Meet_knapping_CU.jpgThe SGA’s 2010 Spring Meeting, held Saturday, May 15th, at The Parks at Chehaw, just outside of Albany, featured demonstrators knowledgable in the skills of ancient peoples. The theme of this year’s Archaeology Month was Making the Past Come to Life! Exploring Ancient Techniques. The full story has more photographs.

Board meets May 14th, Albany

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

In conjunction with the Spring Meeting during 2010 Archaeology Month, SGA’s Board and Officers met in Albany for about three hours on Friday afternoon, May 14th, the day before the general meeting, and discussed the business of the organization.

Sunday tour after Spring Meeting

Submitted by Tammy F. Herron (forehand@sc.edu)

Georgia Archaeology Month 2010 Chairman Tammy F. Herron announces a tour scheduled for Sunday, May 16th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., arranged by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau. Cost is $5.50 for the Flint RiverQuarium group ticket rate and you will provide or buy your own lunch. The itinerary is in the full story.

Watch the past come to life!

Submitted by Tammy Forehand Herron (forehand@sc.edu)

How could Native American Indians in Georgia have survived in a vast “wilderness” for thousands of years? That question will be answered on Saturday, May 15th at The Parks at Chehaw in Albany. Human survival long ago required mastery of the many skills to be demonstrated and explained by experts who have studied and learned them. So, if you’ve ever wanted to get back to basics—this program is for you!

SGA’s Spring Meeting, May 15th, near Albany

The Society for Georgia Archaeology invites you to join us in honoring the our state’s seventeenth annual Archaeology Month! The theme is “Making the Past Come to Life! Exploring Ancient Techniques.” The meeting will be Saturday, May 15th at The Parks at Chehaw, near Albany. The meeting features exciting outdoor demonstrations by modern-day craftsmen who will show you skills much like our ancestors’.

2010 lesson plan now available online

Submitted by Tammy Herron (trforeha@mailbox.sc.edu)

2010_Archaeo_Month_LP_CU.jpgThe Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents this year’s lesson plan for teachers and other interested parties! The theme SGA has chosen for Georgia Archaeology Month 2010 is Making the Past Come to Life! Exploring Ancient Techniques. We hope that the readers of this lesson plan will become familiar with a range of skills and techniques used by the early inhabitants of Georgia, and perhaps better understand the dynamic interaction between the natural environment and humans and their culture.

Cumberland Island teacher training event: May 22nd

Submitted by Amber (aweiss@flagler.edu)

Consider attending this all-day event at Cumberland Island, intended to familiarize educators with archaeology resources for the classroom that can enhance learning opportunities in math, science, art, and social studies. Cost is $10, and the group will meet at 8 am at the dock in St. Marys on Saturday, May 22. The full story has a link to a one-page information sheet with more details.

AAS Archaeology Day flyer ready

The Augusta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA, and Augusta Museum of History are cosponsoring Archaeology Day at the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House in Augusta on Saturday, May 8th 2010. Read the full story and download the colorful and informative flyer you can circulate. This is one of many fun Archaeology Month activities planned around the state.

Online symposium: “the hardest unsolved problems in social science”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

On Saturday, April 10th 2010, Harvard University will host a symposium with three panels of experts discussing “what they believe to be the hardest unsolved problems in the social sciences.” Archaeologists rely on the social sciences, especially anthropology, for the theory that underpins their understanding of ancient societies. The symposium will be webcast live from 10AM to 5PM, and the webcast will be streaming after the symposium concludes so you can participate in post-symposium discussions online.

Read Archaeology Month 2010 Events Brochure

Submitted by Pamela Baughman (pbaughman@dot.ga.gov)

The SGA proudly presents a brochure listing Archaeology Month events scheduled for around the state. This year, 2010, is Georgia’s seventeenth Archaeology Month! Read the full story and download the brochure listing special events, including the SGA’s Spring Meeting, Saturday, May 15th at The Parks at Chehaw, near Albany.

Screven County Library hosts exhibit for Archaeology Month 2010

The Screven County Library (106 South Community Drive, Sylvania) is hosting an exhibit celebrating Archaeology Month for the whole month of May, 2010. The exhibit will highlight the Society for Georgia Archaeology and its vision, and display artifacts, book titles, and information regarding local archaeological sites.

April GARS meeting topic: a Spanish Paleolithic cave

Submitted by Jim D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

Dr. Jim D’Angelo will give a presentation on examples of Cro-Magnon and later cave art, at the monthly meeting of the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, a chapter of the SGA, at its meeting on Thursday April 8. The meeting starts are about 7 PM with the program beginning at 7:30 PM. Jim recently returned from a visit to Spain and was fortunate enough to visit a Paleolithic cave, which he will discuss.

2010 SAA Electronic Symposium papers available

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Lately, the Society for American Archaeology has included an Electronic Symposium as part of its annual meeting. This year’s Electronic Symposium is “The Canvas of Space: Method and Theory of Spatial Investigations in the 21st Century.” Eleven papers are posted online, which means that anyone who can get online can download and read them.

Presentation on Maya researcher Tatiana Proskouriakoff

One of the events in celebration of Women’s History Month at Emory University in Atlanta is an illustrated lecture by Char Solomon about a pioneering historic figure, Tatiana Proskouriakoff. Proskouriakoff helped decode the Maya hieroglyphs. The presentation will be Wednesday, March 31st, at 7 PM in the reception hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the Emory campus.

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.

2010 Archaeology Month activities announced

The SGA proudly announces the 2010 Archaeology Month events, including our Society’s semi-annual meeting on May 15th at The Parks at Chehaw, near Albany. They are scheduled around the state and include open houses at archaeology laboratories on university campuses, lectures, and hands-on activities at historic sites. Click here for the full listing.

Fernbank announces new exhibit on De Soto opening in May

Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta announces that an exhibit titled “De Soto’s Footprints: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia” will open in May 2010. The exhibit features the findings of Fernbank Museum’s ongoing archaeological explorations along the lower Ocmulgee River. The Museum’s research team unexpectedly found early Spanish artifacts that date before 1550. They quite possibly are associated with Hernando de Soto’s trek across Georgia in 1540.

Plan an Archaeology Awareness event for 2010

sga_logo_cuThe SGA invites you to host an Archaeology Awareness event in May 2010! It’s not too late to set up an event and submit information about it for listing on this website, and for inclusion in our Society’s publicity on 2010 Archaeology Month. The full story offers great ideas for your event! Schedule an event by submitting the form provided. Read more here….

Seventh Annual Phoenix Flies: 6–22 March 2010

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The Phoenix Flies unites a community of Preservation Partners, to enhance Atlanta and promote its heritage. The 2010 The Phoenix Flies: A Citywide Celebration of Living Landmarks has over 160 FREE events scheduled around the city from Saturday, March 6th, through Monday, March 22nd.

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.

Save the date for the SGA Spring Meeting: May 15th

sga_logo_cuSave the date: Saturday, May 15th. Plan to meet SGA members and other interested attendees at The Parks at Chehaw just outside of Albany. Read the full story and stay tuned to this website for more details!

Civil War symposium at Kennesaw State University, March 19–21

The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era cordially invites you to attend the 7th Annual Symposium on New Interpretations of the American Civil War, titled Alternative Southern Realities: African Americans and the American Civil War. The event is hosted by Kennesaw State University, and will be held on March 19–21, 2010. The symposium is open to the public. Registration is $25.

SGA leadership tours Sapelo Island

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

When the SGA leadership visited the coast in February 2010, many of us also toured Sapelo Island with archaeologist Dr. Ray Crook, who has worked on the island for decades. We took the morning ferry out underovercast skies, watched the sun arrive with us at the island dock, and returned to the mainland late in the afternoon. We took a break to enjoy a Geechee lunch at mid-day.

SGA leadership’s Winter 2010 retreat at Ashantilly

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The SGA Board and Officers met on Saturday, February 6th, 2010, at the Ashantilly library, named after the home’s builder, Thomas Spalding. Ashantilly is a plantation just north of Darien. The SGA and its members owe a big debt of thanks to the wonderful, kind folks at the Ashantilly Center, who hosted our meeting.

Frank Schnell memorial service scheduled for March 14th

Frank Schnell’s memorial service is scheduled for March 14 at 3:30 at the Lumus Chapel at Linwood Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia.

ASSC Annual Meeting and second call for papers

Submitted by Jon Leader (leader@sc.edu)

Dr. Vincas Steponaitis will deliver the keynote address at the 36th Annual Conference of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina (South Carolina’s version of the Society for Georgia Archaeology) on Friday, April 9th, in the Business School Auditorium, Room 005, on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia. Read more about this meeting, and the call for papers, in the full story.

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!

Weekly Ponder: One year and counting

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

This story marks the first year of Weekly Ponder posts! Yes, it’s been a full year of 5am Friday postings of thought-provoking articles to this website. Indeed, the very first Weekly Ponder was posted on 26 January 2009.

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.

Saving Georgia’s Dirt at CoastFest 2009

Submitted by Kevin Kiernan (kevin.kiernan@gmail.com)

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUCoastFest 2009 broke all records for attendance this year with over 7000 visitors. The SGA sent the ArchaeoBus and set up tables, with many volunteers helping educate the visitors. The theme was “Save Georgia’s Dirt!”

Host an Event for Georgia Archaeology Month May 2010

Submitted by Pamela Baughman (pbaughman@dot.ga.gov)

sga_logo_cuPlan an event anywhere in the state for Archaeology Month in spring 2010! This story links to a form you can download and fill out to get your event in our Calendar of Events brochure. Activities of all sorts are welcomed!

NPS’s 2010 Archaeological Prospection Workshop

Submitted by Steve Devore (steve_de_vore@nps.gov)

Profile_09_NPS_graphic_CU The National Park Service’s 2010 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled “Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century” will be held May 24–28, 2010, at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, North Dakota. Registration is $475. The full story has a link to the application form and more information.

Fort Daniel Foundation schedules annual meeting for December 15th

The Fort Daniel Foundation has scheduled its annual meeting for 7:00 pm on December 15th at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (GJAC) in Lawrenceville in the 2nd floor conference room center.

GARS will meet on November 17th

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society will have its regular meeting for November 2009 on the 17th, beginning at 7 pm. The speaker will be Scot Keith, lead archaeologist for recent excavations at the Late Woodland Leake Site. The site has been listed by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation as a 2010 Place in Peril. (See a story on this website about this here.)

Field trip to the Roswell Mills scheduled for November 15th

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society has scheduled a field trip to the Roswell Mills site for Sunday, November 15.

Schedule for the SGA’s Fall Meeting, October 17th

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgavicepresident@thesga.org)

Gwinnett_bldg_CUThe SGA’s Fall Meeting organizer, Catherine Long, has announced the meeting schedule. The Fall SGA Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 17 at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford.

CoastFest 2009, 3 October in Brunswick

Submitted by Kevin Kiernan (kevin.kiernan@gmail.com)

CoastFest is Georgia’s largest organized celebration of the state’s rich and vast coastal natural resources, and this year will be held on Saturday, October third, in Brunswick.

Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association Annual Conference: September 17–18

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GA_municipal_assn_CUThe Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association’s Annual Conference, Tangible Links to Our Past, will be held in Rome, Georgia September 17-18 2009, at the Rome Forum Conference Center, downtown.

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.

Call for Papers for SOGART’s 2009 Symposium

The South Georgia Archaeological Research Team, a chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, has scheduled their 2009 Symposium for August 15th at South Georgia College in Douglas. The topic of the symposium is the archaeology of the Southeastern Coastal Plain. The meeting will be held in auditorium in Stubbs Hall (the Science Building). The […]

September symposium in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Pre-columbian_site_CULooking for weekend roadtrip destination in mid-September? Consider attending an all-day symposium sponsored by the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 19th. This year’s symposium is “The Caribbean before Columbus.” The symposium abstract notes: “Contact and exchange throughout the Caribbean basin are the twin themes of modern day researchers.”

Save the Date! October 17th

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Gwinnett_bldg_CUMark your calendar now! The SGA’s Fall 2009 meeting will be Saturday, October 17th, at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Stay tuned for details!

Spring 2009 Meeting a grand success!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

archaeobus_unveil_cake_cuThe SGA’s Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 16th, with the theme Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia, hosted over 100 attendees who enjoyed formal presentations, informal networking, and the unveiling of SGA’s newest outreach project: the Archaeobus!

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.

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.

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.