SGA holds two meetings a year, in the spring and the fall. The meetings are held on Saturdays, although there sometimes is a keynote lecture on Friday evening. The spring meeting is now timed to be held during Archaeology Month in May. All SGA semi-annual meetings are open to the public. Their locations rotate around the state.

Meeting formats vary considerably. Sometimes the roster is a series of presentations by avocational and professional members. Sometimes we take a bus or car tour of a particular area. We are creative and try not to let the idea of “meeting” limit our activities.

You’ll find information on our current meeting here, and archived articles on previous meetings by clicking on the meeting you’re interested in on the right.

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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 Poster

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! The theme of both Archaeology Month and of the Spring Meeting is “Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.” The meeting in Savannah will focus on the Civil War in Georgia and will spotlight the recent raising of the CSS Georgia and ongoing preservation […]

Georgia, Can You Dig It? A Georgia Archaeology Faire

The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) would like to invite you to join us at the 73rd Annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) Meeting for an opportunity to learn about Georgia archaeology! Explore and participate in activities led by Georgia archaeologists at: Georgia, Can You Dig It?    A Georgia Archaeology Faire hosted by The Society for […]

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.

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.

SGA Fall Meeting Schedule

The Society for Georgia Archaeology will hold the 2015 Fall Meeting this Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at Fort Daniel Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. This link will take you to a map of Fort Daniel Elementary School. Registration will take place from 9:00-9:30am and fees will be $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 […]

Call for student papers or posters, Fall 2015 SGA meeting

The SGA is soliciting papers for the fall meeting to be held in Gwinnett County on October 17, 2015. All presenters and topics are welcome. This meeting is especially geared toward recent archaeological research being carried out by college students. Please submit your abstracts by October 5. Read the full post for more information by clicking here.

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.

Spring Meeting Information

The SGA Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Valdosta as part of 2015 Archaeology Month celebrations. The theme for this year’s Archaeology Month is “Native Shores, European Waves: Contact Archaeology in Georgia.” We will meet at the Lowndes County Historical Society, 305 West Central Avenue, in downtown Valdosta.

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 Saturday, May 30, in Valdosta.

SGA is now accepting electronic payments via Square®

Misplaced your checkbook? No more stamps? Never fear! Joining SGA and paying your annual dues just got a lot easier, because SGA has adopted Square® as a means of accepting credit card payments! The service processes credit card payments two ways: through an online store and in person through a handy smartphone card reader. We’ve […]

Call for Papers for the SGA Spring 2015 Meeting

sga_logo_cuThe SGA is soliciting presentations for the 2015 Spring Meeting, to be held Saturday, May 30, at the Lowndes County Historical Society Museum in Valdosta, Georgia. Students are encouraged to participate. Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia or the bordering states will be considered for the program. Each presenter should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes. Please contact Richard A. Moss to submit your title and abstract (100 words) by April 3. Access a PDF of the call for papers by clicking here.

SGA Fall 2014 Meeting Schedule Now Available

sga_logo_cuThe Society for Georgia Archaeology will hold its annual fall meeting Saturday, October 18th, 2014 on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Registration will take place from 8:00-8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Carroll building at Georgia Southern. Click here for the meeting schedule.

Final program for the SGA Fall 2013 meeting available

SGA_logo_web_100 The final program for the Fall 2013 meeting of the SGA is now available. Access a PDF of the schedule by clicking here. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Fall 2013 meeting schedule now available

sga_logo_cuThe schedule for the Fall 2013 meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology is now available. Access a PDF of the schedule by clicking here. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Call for papers for the SGA Fall 2013 Meeting

Submitted by Amanda Morrow

sga_logo_cuThe SGA is soliciting presentations for the 2013 Fall Meeting, to be held Saturday, October 26, at UGA’s Miller Learning Center in Room 171. Students are encouraged to participate. Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia or the bordering states will be considered for the program. Each presenter should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes. Please contact Amanda L. Morrow to submit your title and abstract (100 words) by September 20. Access a PDF of the call for papers by clicking here.

May 18th Spring Meeting schedule

The SGA invites you to join us at the 2013 Spring Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry Street, Macon (see map below). The theme for Archaeology Month and this year’s Spring Meeting is Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness. The morning’s activities will be indoors, focusing on presentations. In the afternoon, we’ll re-unite at Ocmulgee National Monument for a tour. You must be registered to attend any of these events. You must pre-register if you want a box lunch.

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!

2013 Spring Meeting Call for Papers, Preliminary Program

Submitted by Pamela Baughman (sgasecretary@thesga.org)

sga_logo_cuJoin us on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 for the Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, to be held in the Theater of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St., Macon. The theme for Archaeology Month is “Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness.” Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia and within this thematic category will be considered, in blocks of 20 minutes or less including time for questions at the end. Full story includes preliminary program.

Make plans for Spring Meeting

The SGA invites you to join us at our semi-annual meeting this spring, scheduled for Saturday, May 18th in Macon. Preliminary plans include a morning session of presentations at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, a break for a boxed lunch (or bring your own), tour of Ocmulgee National Monument by Dan Bigman, and more presentations at Ocmulgee in the afternoon. Stay tuned to this website for details. There’ll be a modest registration fee and the meeting is open to the public.

President’s Message: Winter 2012

Submitted by Tammy Herron (sgapresident@thesga.org)

…in which new President Tammy Herron congratulates incoming members of SGA’s leadership and announces that the 2013 Spring Meeting will be in Macon on Saturday, May 18th, at both the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Ocmulgee National Monument. In addition, the SGA has joined The Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives. If you haven’t already done so, you can renew your membership online by clicking here.

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.

Register at the meeting

Please join members of the SGA and others interested in Georgia archaeology at our Fall 2012 meeting, to be held Saturday, October 27th, in Columbus. Meet for the morning presentations at 8:30AM at the Columbus Museum’s Patrick Theater. In the afternoon, there’s an option to visit the National Civil War Naval Museum on a group tour with other SGA meeting attendees. There’s a small charge for registration for the meeting, and an additional charge for the National Civil War Naval Museum tour. All stories on this website about the 2012 Fall Meeting are here.

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.

Visit the Columbus Museum with the SGA

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Join members of the SGA this fall at our semi-annual meeting. Stay tuned for information on pre-registration and an order form for a boxed lunch. Our 2012 Fall Meeting will be at the Columbus Museum’s Patrick Theater on Saturday, October 27th. While you’re there, check out Museum exhibits and a free film on the history of the Columbus area.

Call for papers: Fall Meeting, Columbus

The SGA is soliciting presentations for the 2012 Fall Meeting, to be held Saturday, October 27th, at the Columbus Museum‘s Patrick Theater. Presentations will be in the morning only (we’ll tour in the afternoon), so slots are limited (first come, first served!). Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia or the bordering states will be considered for the program, and students are encouraged to participate. Each presenter should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes. Click here to access a PDF of the Call for Papers.

Fall Meeting scheduled for October 27th

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

2012 Fall Meeting map CUMark your calendar for the SGA Fall Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, at the Columbus Museum, just east of downtown Columbus on Wynnton Road. Organizers have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn on Manchester Expressway. Rates are $79 and include a hot breakfast. Read the full story for more details.

2012 Spring Meeting: Presentations and tour

Submitted by Catherine Long, President, the SGA (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

2012 Spr jd excavation talk CUThe SGA held its 2012 Spring Meeting in two locations. We attended presentations in the Student Center at the Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville throughout the morning. Then, in the afternoon, we adjourned to the Fort Daniel archaeological site, with tours conducted by Lead Archaeologist Dr. Jim D’Angelo. Our hosts were the Fort Daniel Foundation and the local SGA Chapter GARS.

Final program available for the 2012 Spring Meeting

Submitted by Catherine Long, SGA President (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Spring Meeting co-sponsored by SGA and Georgia Gwinnett College! The date is Saturday, May 19 starting at 8am in the state-of-the art Student Center. Click here to access a PDF of the Spring Meeting Program (final version).

War of 1812: A British caricaturist’s perspective

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Cruikshank 1812 sketch Gabriel to JMadison color CUArchaeology Month 2012 recognizes the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The War was declared by the USA under President James Madison against Great Britain, which was already fighting France under Napoleon. One British etching of the time shows the Archangel Gabriel blowing his trumpet, conveying criticism of Madison. Witnesses to this event include personifications of the USA and Great Britain as women. Examine this Library of Congress holding and the British perspective on this New World conflict in the full story.

2012 Archaeology Month event brochure

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

2012 ArchaeoMo illus CUThe SGA is proud to present the 2012 Archaeology Month event brochure, accessible by clicking here. All events listed in the brochure are also entered in the SGA’s online calendar All programs, events, and ongoing exhibits listed in the brochure are listed in the full story. Not all events are in May, although May is Archaeology Month in Georgia.

Volunteer for the SGA! Join now!

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is a volunteer organization. It only can achieve its goals if you help. So, join the SGA and become an active participant in SGA activities. Click here for more information on joining the SGA. Help our wonderful organization achieve its goals, and help preserve Georgia’s archaeological heritage in the process! Begin your involvement in the SGA by attending our Spring Meeting, to be held at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville on Saturday, May 19, 2012, in conjunction with 2012 Archaeology Month.

President’s Message: Spring 2012

SGA President Catherine Long discusses the Society for Georgia Archaeology’s plans for Archaeology Month 2012, in May, and the Society’s associated Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 19, with the theme Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. President Long also highlights other activities of the Society.

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.

Spring Meeting 2012 preliminary FINAL schedule

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is proud to present the preliminary program for our Spring Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, at Georgia Gwinnett College. This meeting is in conjunction with 2012 Archaeology Month. The Archaeology Month theme this year is Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The meeting will be held in the Student Center (Level 1, LVIS Room), and registration begins at 8:00am.

War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration planned

Submitted by Catherine Long (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

Fort McHenry from CL CUWe hope you will join us in commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 by attending the SGA’s Spring Meeting on May 19th at the Georgia Gwinnett College campus. Georgia’s role in the War of 1812 had three main focus points: the Creek War (1813–1814), the British blockade, and the British occupation of St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island (1814–1815). Attend the Spring Meeting and learn about relationships between the Creek and the frontier people and feature research on fortifications from that period.

Call for Papers for 2012 Spring SGA meeting

Submitted by Pamela Johnson Baughman (pajgriffin@comcast.net)

sga_logo_cuJoin us on Saturday, May 19th, 2012, for the Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. The theme for Archaeology Month is Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. We’re looking for 6–7 presentations that pertain to this topic of 20 minutes or less including time for questions at the end. Details in the full story.

2011 Fort Daniel Faire conclusions

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

Ft Daniel excavation unit 27 view north CUPrior to the 2011 Fort Daniel Frontier Faire in Gwinnett County, several geophysical surveys had been conducted at the site by Dr. Sheldon Skaggs of Georgia Southern University, the combined results of which suggested the presence of features within the footprint of the fort. We have also previously reported that the footprint of the fort’s palisade walls and corner blockhouses, as determined by archaeological investigations, corresponds precisely to the plan for frontier forts sent by President Washington’s Secretary of War, Henry Knox, to the Governor of Georgia in 1794.

May 19th is set for Spring Meeting

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Mark your calendar: the SGA’s Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday May 19th, as part of 2012 Archaeology Month celebrations. This year’s Archaeology Month theme is Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. We will meet at Georgia Gwinnett College, which is co-sponsoring the meeting. In addition, the group will tour Fort Daniel, which dates to the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

November 28, 2011

ArchaeoBus auction 2011 crowd mingling CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus attends the charity auction to raise money for the SGA’s Endowment Fund that was held in conjunction with the 2011 Fall Meeting.

Fall 2011 SGA meeting, auction, and festivities

Submitted by Catherine Long (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

2011 Fall auction terrapin CUPresident Catherine Long details the 2011 Fall Meeting, in Athens. Members and guests of the SGA enjoyed papers in the morning and afternoon of Saturday, 22 October, with the sessions split by a brief Business Meeting and a lunch break. The group reconvened in the evening at the Terrapin Brewery for silent and live fund-raising auctions. Over $1400 was raised for the SGA’s Endowment Fund, after expenses.

2011 Fall Meeting abstracts: An Historic Partnership

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

sga_logo_cuUPDATED 12 Oct, 4:23pm. Join members and guests of the SGA at the Society’s Fall Meeting on the 22nd of October, in room 171 (first floor) of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the University of Georgia Campus in Athens. Read the abstracts of the presentations you can hear at the all-day meeting. Modest registration fee. Then, after a supper break, rejoin attendees at the (free) silent and live fund-raising auctions at Terrapin Brewery.

Take home history: Audacious Archaeology Auction items (#7)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample auction item photos in several stories.

Perky leg lamp and more household goodies: Audacious Archaeology Auction items (#6)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample auction item photos in several stories.

Eco-tour for six: Audacious Archaeology Auction item (#5)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample auction item photos in several stories.

Special containers—golf bag and handbag: Audacious Archaeology Auction items (#4)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample auction item photos in several stories.

Take home silver or bronze: Audacious Archaeology Auction items (#3)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample auction item photos in several stories.

Beautiful ceramic pieces: Audacious Archaeology Auction items (#2)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample item photos in several stories.

2011 Fall Meeting schedule set

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

UPDATED 4:24pm, Wed, 12 Oct!

Join members of the SGA and guests of the Society at the 2011 Fall Meeting, to be held all day on Saturday, 22 October, in room 171 (first floor) of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the UGA Campus, in Athens. Registration is $10 per member ($15 for non-members, $5 for students with ID; $25 for families), and begins at 8:30am. The meeting features morning and afternoon presentations on various topics related to archaeology in Georgia, with breaks to allow time for socializing. Stay in Athens for the SGA fund-raiser that begins at 6:30pm, when you can also tour the ArchaeoBus.

Audacious Archaeology Auction items (#1)

sga_logo_cuYou are invited! Come out for an adventurous evening and leave with a treasure! Participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the SGA on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, at the Terrapin Brewery, just outside of Athens. Entry is free. Silent auction and tours begin at 6:30pm. The live auction begins at 8pm, with Georgia Hall of Fame Auctioneer Colonel Wilbur C. Mull. We offer two kinds of items for both the live and the silent auctions: 1) Ethnic Objects from Around the World (no archaeological artifacts, of course), and 2) Outdoor Adventure items. Access sample item photos in the full story.

Artifacts in Athens: an historic cannon

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Double barreled cannon 2011 CUMake a field trip to Athens and check out the Civil War-period double barreled cannon on the top of the highest hill downtown, on the northeast corner of the grounds of the old city hall. Consider visiting the cannon on 22 October 2011, as well as attending the SGA’s Fall Meeting that day and the Society’s silent and live auctions in the evening. Click here for more information on the Fall Meeting.

Reserve your room for October meeting in Athens

sga_logo_cuA block of fifteen rooms are reserved at the Holiday Inn in Athens (197 E. Broad Street) for the upcoming Fall Meeting. The meeting will be all day on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011. Please ask for the SGA rate of $99.00 (plus taxes and fees) and call 706.549.4433 to reserve your room. This rate is good until September 30, 2011, and you are encouraged to register early.

Call for papers for October 2011 SGA meeting

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

sga_logo_cuWe welcome papers on all subjects for presentation at the 2011 Fall Meeting of the SGA, on October 22nd, in Athens. Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia or the bordering states will be considered for the program. Each presenter should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes or less, including time for questions at the end. Students are encouraged to participate.

Download digital version of 2011 Archaeology Month poster

2011 GA ArchaeoMonth poster CUMay is Archaeology Month in Georgia, and this year’s theme is Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War through Archaeology. SGA’s poster celebrating this theme can be downloaded by clicking here. The bibliographic references for the extensive and informative text on the back of the poster are downloadable by clicking here. Please join us at the SGA’s 2011 Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 14th, at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce to learn more about how archaeology has supplied information about the Civil War that books, letters, and other records did not.

2011 SGA Spring meeting silent auction

Submitted by Leslie Perry (SGA Board Member)

A silent auction will be held during the SGA Spring Meeting. All winners will be announced following Saturday, May 14, 2011, presentations. Be sure to visit the auction and place your bids. All proceeds benefit the SGA. Good luck!

SGA’s 2011 Spring Meeting agenda set

Read the agenda for the SGA’s Spring Meeting, which will be held at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in McDonough on Saturday, May 14th, by clicking here. Events associated with the meeting commence on Friday the 13th, and continue on Sunday the 15th. Read all about the Spring Meeting by clicking here.

2011 Archaeology Month event brochure now available

Please access a trifold brochure listing 2011 Archaeology Month events prepared by SGA Secretary Pam Baughman by clicking here (PDF). Archaeology Month in Georgia is held during the month of May, and this year’s theme is Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War through Archaeology. The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s Spring Meeting will be held May 13–15 in McDonough; please join us! Click here to look at the 2011 Archaeology Month events on the SGA’s online calendar, which includes links to the maps of the locations where these events will be held.

Book review: Archaeological Encounters with Georgia’s Spanish Period, 1526-1700

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

Recently, members of the SGA received Archaeological Encounters in Georgia’s Spanish Period, 1526-1700: New Findings and Perspectives, edited by Dennis B. Blanton and Robert A. DeVillar. The SGA used the book to raise awareness of special topics in Georgia archaeology as well as reward its membership with the opportunity to receive special publications. Currently, all available copies have been distributed to the SGA membership and institutional members of SGA, such as libraries. If you are looking for this particular book, these libraries should have an available copy.

President’s Message: Preparing for Archaeology Month 2011—and more

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapresident@thesga.org)

sga_logo_cuSGA President Catherine Long updates members of the SGA on current activities by the Society’s leaders. We’re getting ready for Archaeology Month 2011 and our associated Spring Meeting, planned for McDonough on May 13–15. The theme is Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War Through Archaeology. That’s not all, however; the SGA has many committees, including on Membership, Advocacy, the ArchaeoBus, Website and Communication, Chapter Relations, and the Endowment—and more. The SGA’s newest committee is charged with selling over 3500 copies of the 2nd—and final—edition of Frontiers in the Soil; look for details on ordering on this website soon! Catherine also requests volunteers to work on poster packaging.

2011 Spring Meeting call for papers

Submitted by Catherine Long (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

sga_logo_cuJoin us on Saturday, May 14th for the Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. The theme for Archaeology Month is Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War through Archaeology. Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia or the bordering states will be considered for the program. Each presenter should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes or less. Please submit your title and abstract (100 words) by March 15th. The meeting will be held at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, McDonough. Details are in the full story.

Register NOW for Spring Meeting, 2011

Submitted by Tammy Herron (tfherron@gmail.com)

Nash Farm sign CUMark your calendar and register now for the SGA’s Spring Meeting, which will be held May 13–15, 2011, in McDonough. Seating for Saturday’s meeting is limited, so be sure to return your registration form (click here) and check soon. This year, the theme for Georgia Archaeology Month is Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War through Archaeology. The full story includes exciting meeting details.

2011 Spring Meeting dates tentatively set

The 2011 Spring Meeting weekend is not finalized, but we we will meet May 13–15. Look for updates on this website.

Report on GPR survey conducted during 2010 fall meeting now available online

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

The report GPR Survey at Gascoigne Bluff, St. Simmons Island, Georgia presents the findings of the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey conducted during the SGA’s 2010 fall meeting. GPR survey of a portion of Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island was performed on October 16, 2010, and report author Dan Elliott was assisted by SGA members in completing the survey. This project was a joint public outreach and research effort by the LAMAR Institute, the Society for Georgia Archaeology, and the Cassina Garden Club.

Incoming SGA President’s message: Fall 2010

Submitted by Catherine Long (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

sga_logo_cuIncoming SGA President, Catherine Long, addresses goals for her 2010-2012 term. Her message looks at the ways the organization is already moving forward and transitions made within the board.

SCAD student enjoys the SGA’s Fall Meeting

Submitted by Adrienne Birge-Wilson (adriennebirge@gmail.com)

2010_Fall_SCAD_students_listen_to_GPR_discussion_CU.jpgSavannah College of Art and Design student Adrienne Birge-Wilson, who is in the Historic Preservation (HP) program, tells what a great time she had joining SGA members and guests at the 2010 Fall Meeting, a tour of archaeological sites in the St. Simons Island area. Not only did she and other SCAD students enjoy themselves, Ms. Birge-Wilson notes that they now understand “archaeology’s pertinence in HP’s sphere of immediate concern.”

St. Simons Island resident receives George S. Lewis Archaeological Stewardship Award

Submitted by Rita Elliott (ritafelliott@gmail.com)

2010_GS_Lewis_Ellen_Provenzano_CU.jpgAt the SGA business meeting on October 16th, 2010, Ellen Provenzano, Glynn County 4th grade teacher and Glynn County Schools Archaeology Education Coordinator received the prestigious George S. Lewis Archaeological Stewardship Award from the Society for Georgia Archaeology.

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.

Fall 2010 Meeting agenda—illustrated!

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

The 2010 Fall Meeting is a tour of prehistoric and historic archaeological and historical sites in the St. Simons Island area from Friday-Sunday, 15-17 October. The meeting formally begins in the Frederica Room at Sea Palms on Saturday morning. Registration 8-9 am; short orientation talks start at 9 am, before heading out on the tours. Pick up a printout of the agenda, with maps, at the 9 am orientation. Article includes suggestions for activities if you arrive early enough on Friday the 15th.

Order box lunches TODAY!

You can order $5 box lunches for the Saturday picnic on Gascoigne Bluff during the Fall Meeting (Friday-Sunday, 15-17 October, 2010) through today, October 8th. The full story has a downloadable registration form to send in. The Meeting will be held on and around St. Simons Island, near Brunswick. Meeting details are here. Order form is here.

Fall Meeting registration still open

You can still order $5 box lunches for the Saturday picnic on Gascoigne Bluff until 8 October, and you can register right up to the start of the meeting in the conference hall at Sea Palms on Saturday, 16 October, from 8-9 am. However, the deadline for discount room rates at Sea Palms expired on 8 September; you can still book rooms at their usual rates.

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!

Archaeology Month 2010 Recap

Submitted by Tammy F. Herron (TRFOREHA@mailbox.sc.edu)

The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s seventeenth annual Georgia Archaeology Awareness promotion, Archaeology Month 2010, had as its theme Making the Past Come to Life: Exploring Ancient Techniques. Making Archaeology Month 2010 happen involved several events. Governor Perdue signed the proclamation designating May as Georgia Archaeology Month on May 25 at the Capitol. Volunteers met on April 26th at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History to package posters, fliers announcing the lesson plan, and surveys for the teachers to return to the SGA. Finally, the SGA’s annual gathering for the spring meeting was held in Albany, Georgia on May 14–16, 2010, complete with demonstrators and the ArchaeoBus.

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.

Packaging day for the Archaeology Month 2010 posters

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

2010_packaging_00_CU.jpgOn Monday, April 26th, thirteen volunteers met at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta ready for an SGA work detail. The assignment: prepare the 2010 posters for mailing! There were boxes, posters, mailing tubes and labels, and…organization! The volunteers logged about 45 hours on behalf of the Society getting this valuable assignment completed. Read the details and see pictures with the full story!

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!

Spring 2010 meeting housing information

sga_logo_cuThe Spring 2010 Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology will be Saturday, May 15th, at The Parks at Chehaw, just outside of Albany. The full story has a link to a hotel and a campground, for those attending the meeting. The SGA Board will meet on the afternoon of Friday, May 14th, as they traditionally do, after meetings of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists. The Friday meetings will be at the Country Inn & Suites in northwest Albany.

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.

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.

Newsflash: ArchaeoBus will attend Spring Meeting

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUAttend the SGA’s Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 15th, 2010, at The Parks at Chehaw, outside of Albany, and tour the ArchaeoBus!

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!

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!

Stay tuned: Spring meeting plans underway

sga_logo_cuJust a brief head’s-up that plans for the Spring Meeting (that is, Spring 2010) are moving forward.

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.

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.

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!

2009 poster, Mounds in Our Midst

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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The SGA is proud to make a digital version of our 2009 poster celebrating the Society’s theme of this year’s Archaeology Month, Mounds in Our Midst. Mounds are easy-to-see remnants of Georgia’s prehistoric past, mainly built between 500 BC and AD 1550. Research over the last century and more indicates that these artificial, human-constructed features of Georgia’s landscape varied in their design and purpose.

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!

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.

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.

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!

Gwinnett Chapter busy with Fort Daniel activities

GARS and Friends of Fort Daniel (FFD), a special committee created for Fort Daniel preservation efforts, have had a lot going on since the last Profile. Since Fort Daniel’s listing as one of ten historic properties listed the Georgia Trust’s 2009 Places in Peril, GARS and FFD have submitted an application for a Georgia Trust […]

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

2008 Fall Meeting

SGA members met for the Fall 2008 Meeting in Rome, in northwest Georgia on 18 October. During the morning and the first part of the afternoon, attendees heard presentations on various topics in a meeting room at the Civic Center downtown. SGA member Dave Davis, a part-time archaeologist at the Chieftains Museum, organized the meeting. […]

Archaeology Month 2008 recap

Submitted by Betsy Shirk (b.shirk@comcast.net)

From the spring symposium at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, which kicked off Archaeology Month, to the proclamation signing ceremony at the Capitol, which this year provided closure, Archaeology Month 2008 was a success. Months of planning and hard work by the Archaeology Month committee and volunteer laborers preceded the promotion. Archaeology Month […]

Fall 2007 meeting abstracts

In Fall 2007, SGA met at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive (near The Mall of Georgia), Buford. The Search For Fort Daniel Jim D’Angelo, TRC and Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society The traditional location of one of Georgia’s early frontier forts, Fort Daniel, has been marked with a roadside historical sign […]

2003 Spring Meeting, Jekyll Island Hotel

Members met at the Jekyll Island Hotel for the 2003 Spring Meeting. Events included a delightful and informative public lecture by Judy Bense, of the University of West Florida, and a walking tour to several archaeological sites, including tabby ruins. Afterward, all adjourned to a beach-side banquet. All photographs are copyright Michael Shirk.