2019 Fall

SGA Fall Meeting 2019

The solicitation for papers for the SGA Fall Meeting is now ready, and we’re excited to announce that the theme of this year’s meeting is “Georgia Archaeology for the Next Decade: Bringing Together the Stakeholders of the Past and the Researchers of the Future.”

We’re looking for interested university researchers, descendant communities, private sector (CRM) archaeologists, federal and state archaeologists, involved avocationalists, SGA chapter members, and other stakeholders in Georgia’s past to present case studies tackling the “grand challenges” of Georgia archaeology.

The meeting will be held November 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia. Location TBD. Please share far and wide. Full solicitation text is below:

“Georgia Archaeology for the Next Decade: Bringing Together the Stakeholders of the Past and the Researchers of the Future”

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is soliciting papers for the 2019 Fall Meeting for a symposium titled “Georgia Archaeology for the Next Decade: Bringing Together the Stakeholders of the Past and the Researchers of the Future”, to be held November 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia. For this meeting, we invite interested stakeholders in Georgia’s archaeological past to present research and case studies on the perceived ‘grand challenges’ (sensu Cobb 2014; Kintigh et al. 2014) facing Georgia archaeology. Some challenges include, but certainly are not limited to: (1) Climate change and its impact on archaeological preservation; (2) Politicization of cultural landscapes and monuments (i.e. Civil War monuments, plantation tourism); (3) Public access to the knowledge generated from archaeological research and access to the physical manifestations of Georgia’s past (i.e. CRM and academic projects, site tours and site access, state and federal museums and historic sites, NRHP-eligible properties and districts); (4) Balancing historic preservation with the development needs of communities, individuals, state and federal entities; (5) Creating access to leading theoretical frameworks that structure our interpretations of the archaeological record of Georgia; (6) Best practices in protecting and preserving cultural resources via public buy-in and participation or through limited access to sites and the knowledge generated from archaeological research; (7) Downplaying the multivocality of the archaeological record in favor of particular narratives.

Using the framework of a particular case study or research from your field, we strongly encourage participants to use the following guiding questions to structure a 15-minute paper addressing the ‘grand challenges’ narrative:

• What do you perceive to be the “grand challenges” of GA archaeology in the past 10 years, and how have you addressed (all, or a subset of) them?
• Who do you perceive to be the primary stakeholders in Georgia archaeology and historic preservation?
• What are some of the challenges you’ve faced when attempting to consult/collaborate with other stakeholders?
• How has collaboration among different stakeholders played a role in addressing these “grand challenges”?
• What do you think some of the future challenges to GA archaeology will be in the next 10 years?
• How would you build upon your successes/failures in responding to the “grand challenges” of the past in order to address the “grand challenges” of the future?

We request that people interested in presenting at the 2019 Fall Meeting please contact Stefan Brannan at sbrannan@newsouthassoc.com as soon as possible. Any additional questions can also be directed to that address.


Cobb, Charles R. 2014. The Once and Future Archaeology. American Antiquity 79(4): 589-595.

Kintigh, Keith W., J. H. Altschul, M. C. Beaudry, R. D. Drennan, A. P. Kinzig, T. A. Kohler, W. F. Limp, H. D. G. Maschner, W. K. Michener, T. R. Pauketat, P. Peregrine, J. A. Sabloff, T. J. Wilkinson, H. T. Wright, and M. A. Zeder. 2014. Grand Challenges for Archaeology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(3): 879-880.