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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.

Fort Daniel volunteers honored

GARS_logo_CUOn Tuesday, September 16, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners honored volunteers from the Fort Daniel Foundation for their work on the historic site. Click here to read the coverage in the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The September issue of the GAAS newsletter is now available

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

Save the date: 2014 Fall Meeting of the SGA

SGA_logo_web_100Save the Date! The Fall Meeting of the SGA will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Statesboro, Georgia. Matt Newberry and P. T. Ashlock are in charge of local arrangements for the meeting. A block of rooms has been reserved at Spring Hill Suites, 105 Springhill Drive, Statesboro. The rate per room, including hot breakfast, is $89 single, $99 double, and $109 super double. The last day to book for this offer is Friday, September 26, 2014. The phone number for the hotel is 912-489-0000. Click here for the hotel’s website. Click on this link to book at the group rate.

Archaeology at the State Social Science Fair

Submitted by Matthew Newberry

aztec_social_studies_smallIn this article, SGA board member Matthew Newberry reports on the 2014 State Social Studies Fair. According to Matthew the future of Georgia archaeology looks bright. Read on to learn about the event and the winning projects.

Summer 2014 issue of The Profile now available

Issue number 160, Summer 2014, of the SGA’s quarterly newsletter, The Profile, is now available as a downloadable and printable PDF. Alternatively, you can click here to see excerpts of all stories in the issue. The stories in The Profile all were originally posted to this website in April, May, or June of 2014.

Georgia Archives expands hours of operation

SGA_logo_web_100The Georgia Archives will expand its hours of operation by one additional day per week. Beginning July 15 the public can visit the Georgia archives on Tuesdays. Click here for the official press release.

2014 SOGART symposium call for papers—UPDATED

This message is a call for papers for the 2014 Symposium on Southeastern Coastal Plain Archaeology to be held on August 23, 2014 in the Stubbs Hall Auditorium on the Douglas Campus of South Georgia State College. If you wish to present a paper, please submit a title, a one-paragraph abstract, and a two to three sentence speaker introduction. Speakers prepare for a 30-minute time slot for presentation, including questions. SEND IN YOUR SUBMISSION BY 1 AUG. Details in the full story.

Digging Savannah iPhone app now available in iTunes

Submitted by Laura Seifert

digging_sav_logo_smallThe Digging Savannah iPhone app has launched and is now available in iTunes! This app joins our recently updated Android app. The Digging Savannah smartphone apps allow you to discover Savannah’s archaeology sites. Click on the map interface to learn about a site and see artifacts, photographs, or excavations. The app is available for most Apple and Android devices including smartphones and tablets. Just search for “Digging Savannah” on iTunes or in the Google marketplace! For more information, check out the Digging Savannah website or follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

Abby the ArchaeoBus, Frankie Snow, and the SGA honored by the SAA

Submitted by Tammy Herron, President

sga_logo_cuRead on for exciting news from SGA President Tammy Herron. Abby the ArchaeoBus, Frankie Snow, and the SGA were all honored at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Download the digital version of the 2014 Georgia Archaeology Month poster

sga_2014_poster_thumbThe Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) is proud to offer this year’s Georgia Archaeology Month poster showcasing the theme Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever—and May is Archaeology Month in Georgia. Download the poster by clicking here. Read on to learn more about Archaeology Month and the Spring 2014 meeting of the SGA.

Memorial service for Gordon Midgette held on May 17th

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

Events abound for Archaeology Month 2014

sga_logo_cuJoin us as we celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month throughout the month of May, from the mountains to the sea. 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! Take part in tours and hands-on activities at Chieftains Museum, Etowah, and Fort Daniel. Don’t miss the chance to visit Abby the ArchaeoBus in Stone Mountain. You can also hear interesting lectures, visit archaeology labs, and even participate in a primitive skills workshop. Click here to view the full schedule of Archaeology Month events, and click here to access the official Archaeology Month brochure.

SGA Spring 2014 meeting schedule now available

SGA_logo_web_100The SGA invites you to join us for the 2014 Spring Meeting to be held on Saturday, May 10th in the Lakeside Ballroom at Red Top Mountain State Park located at 50 Lodge Road, Cartersville, GA 30121. The theme for Archaeology Month and this year’s Spring Meeting is Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever. Access a printable PDF of the presentation abstracts by clicking here. Read on for more information about the conference.

Spring 2014 President’s Message

Submitted by Tammy Herron, President

sga_logo_cuThe Spring 2014 President’s Message has been posted. It has been a busy spring for the SGA; read on for SGA President Tammy Herron’s report on recent events in Georgia archaeology, including the launch of the new research grant!

Host an event for Georgia Archaeology Month May 2014

Submitted by Melissa McKay, SGA Secretary

SGA_logo_web_100Please join in and help celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month 2014! Your event will be included in the calendar of events brochure, which will be distributed statewide and well as posted on the SGA website. This year’s Archaeology Month theme is “Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever.” To submit an event, complete this form and submit it to Melissa McKay. Click here for a pdf of the call for events that you can share. Read the full article to learn more.

Joint Research Grants debut

Submitted by Tom Lewis (researchgrant@thesga.org)

The SGA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources to sponsor student research grants for 2014. Deadline for application is 1 September 2014. Details in the full story.

Timothy Pauketat to speak at UGA

sga_logo_cuDr. Timothy Pauketat will deliver a talk on the archaeology of Cahokia as part of the The Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture series next week on Thursday, March 27, at the Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Save the date for the Spring Meeting of the SGA, May 10, 2014

Submitted by Tammy Herron

SGA_logo_web_100Please make plans to join us on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at Red Top Mountain State Park for the Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. More details will follow soon regarding the meeting and registration. This year’s theme for Archaeology Month 2014 is “Site Destruction: Pieces of Our Past Lost Forever.” Once again, we will post a brochure of events on the website regarding archaeology-related happenings scheduled around the state during the month of May. Stay tuned!

BRAG artifact identification day set for Saturday, March 15

sga_logo_cuBlue Ridge Archaeology Guild members and archaeologist Dr. Jack T. Wynn of the University of North Georgia will examine, record, and identify your prehistoric artifact collections and discuss their function. All are invited to bring their prehistoric artifacts for identification. There will also be a primitive technology demonstration by Brian Floyd. The event will take place in the meeting room at the United Community Bank Building, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, in Dahlonega, Georgia from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th. This is a great learning opportunity for adults and children alike.

Camp Sumter at Andersonville: The notorious Civil War prison

Submitted by Amanda Morrow

andersonville_19_smallOn February 24, 1864, the gates opened at Camp Sumter, a Civil War POW camp located in Americus, Georgia. Learn about the archaeology of Camp Sumter, now the Andersonville National Historic Site, in this excellent article by SGA member Amanda Morrow.

Adam King to present on summer testing at Etowah

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

Henry D. Green Symposium highlights Georgia history

Submitted by Catherine Long

sga_logo_cuFormer SGA president Catherine Long reports on the Seventh Biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts , held Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1 at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center. The symposium included tours of historic properties in Athens and a presentation on ceramics by SGA’s own Dan Elliot.

Upcoming meeting of the Augusta Archaeological Society

SGA_logo_web_100The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet on Thursday, January 30th, at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill located at 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway just off I-20 in Augusta, Georgia. Archaeologist Kara Bridgman Sweeney will discuss the typology of Early Archaic side-notched projectile points and Edgefield scrapers. We will gather for dinner with the speaker at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

BRAG meeting focuses on Moundville archaeology

sga_logo_cuThe Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (BRAG) will meet on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m., at the United Community Bank in Dahlonega, Georgia, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. BRAG President Tony Shore will give a presentation titled, “Moundville Archaeology and the Moundville Museum.”

News flash from the Georgia Department of Archives and History

SGA_logo_web_100 Read on for an important message about the Georgia Archives. The archives are now open four days a week for research, and additional staff have been hired. Help to spread the word by printing and posting this flyer at your location. Access a copy by clicking here.

October issue of The Antiquarian available

GIAS_Golden_Isles_CU.jpgThe latest edition of the Golden Isles Archaeological Society newsletter, The Antiquarian, is now available. Read on to learn more, and access a copy by clicking here.

SEAC announces 2014 public outreach grant

SEAC_logo_100.jpgThe Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC), in order to promote public awareness of archaeology in the Southeast, supports a program of small grants to finance public outreach projects. SEAC provides an annual grant of $2,000 to an applicant through a competitive application process. The deadline for the application is December 1, 2013.

SGA makes an impact at the 2013 Social Studies Conference

sga_logo_cuSGA volunteers and the ArchaeoBus made a big impact at the 2013 Social Studies Conference in Athens this year. Read on to learn more about the great work SGA members are doing for public outreach and education about archaeology.

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.

Fort Daniel Fair a success

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett County chapter of SGA, Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, and The Fort Daniel Foundation sponsored the fifth annual Fort Daniel Frontier Fair on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Fort Daniel on Highway 124 in Buford, Georgia. Read on for a report on the fair!

Updates from the Golden Isles Archaeological Society

SGA_logo_web_100Keith Stephenson of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Team at the University of South Carolina will speak at the second meeting of the Golden Isles Archaeological Society on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 7 pm at St. Simons Elementary School. His topic is “Preston Holder’s 1937 Excavations at the Evelyn Plantation site in Glynn County, Georgia.” The talk is free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming GIAS events, you can access the latest edition of the GIAS newsletter, The Antiquarian, by clicking here.

September 23rd, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Sept 23 09 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits students at Oakland Elementary in McDonough, and discovers they’d already been studying archaeological topics before her arrival!

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.

Student reflects on the 2013 Georgia Southern field school

Submitted by Amanda Shively, Georgia Southern University undergraduate

georgia_southern_logoUndergraduate Amanda Shively reports on the summer 2013 Georgia Southern University archaeological field school on the lower Savannah River. Archaeological veterans and novices alike will enjoy her enthusiastic reflection.

Announcing the fifth annual Ft. Daniel Frontier Faire

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett chapter of the SGA (GARS), along with the Ft. Daniel Foundation, is sponsoring the fifth annual Ft. Daniel Frontier Faire on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy this celebration of Georgia’s history! Come visit Ft. Daniel and enjoy fun and educational activities. Access a PDF flyer by clicking here.

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.

Archaeologist Erin Drake to speak in Duluth

SGA_logo_web_100The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild will meet on Wednesday, September 25, at 7:00 pm at the United Community Bank. Erin Drake, Senior Archaeologist with Terracon, Inc., of Duluth, GA, will deliver a presentation, “Discovering the Past: Archaeology and Georgia’s First People.” The public is welcome to attend.

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.

BRAG members to discuss work at the Topper Site

sga_logo_cuOn Thursday, August 22, Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild President Tony Shore and Susanne Shore will talk about their experiences in 2010 and 2011 at the Topper Site, a pre-Clovis excavation along the upper Savannah River in South Carolina. As always, visitors are encouraged to attend!

Ten essential mobile apps for the archaeologist

Submitted by Amanda L. Morrow

SGA_logo_web_100Archaeologists with smart phones and tablets, take notice. In this article, SGA member Amanda Morrow reviews ten mobile apps for archaeology. Read on to learn about how you can turn your mobile device into a clinometer or Munsell book, or use it to find historical markers and cemeteries.

President’s Message: Summer 2013

Submitted by Tammy Herron

sga_logo_cu…in which President Tammy Herron discusses the Spring 2013 meeting, Georgia Archaeology Month, and the latest issue of Early Georgia. Read on to learn more about the great talks and tours from the meeting.

June 28th, 2013

2013 Jun 28 ArchaeoBus diary 06 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the last of the libraries she traveled to in the Gwinnett County Public Library System—Collins Hill Public Library in Lawrenceville and Centerville Public Library in Snellville, finding fantastic kids at both places, as at all the rest of the libraries….

Georgia Archives update

Submitted by Tammy Herron

sga_logo_cuGeorgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed HB287 into law to transfer the administration of the Division of Archives and History from the Office of the Secretary of State to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The transfer officially took place on July 1, 2013. As a Coalition Partner, the SGA has received the following update from Kaye Minchew and Ken Thomas, Co-Chairs of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives.

Georgia public libraries “Dig into Reading”

Submitted by Pam Baughman

SGA_logo_web_100The theme for this year’s summer reading program in Georgia public libraries is “Dig Into Reading.” Read on to learn more about The SGA’s involvement in the summer reading program, including a recent public outreach event by SGA secretary Pam Baughman.

Frontiers in the Soil chapter challenge

Submitted by Leslie Perry

Frontiers_in_the_Soil_cover_at_angle_CU.jpgFrontiers in the Soil is a classic in archaeological literature that should be useful to everyone. First printed in 1979, Frontiers interprets Georgia’s past using accessible and humorous text by Roy S. Dickens, Jr. and creative color cartoon illustrations by James L. McKinley. Read on to learn about a new chapter challenge to make sure every public library in Georgia has a copy of this book.

Research continues at the Duckett site

sga_logo_cuThis summer Jack Wynn, long-time SGA member and professor of anthropology at the University of North Georgia, returned to the Duckett site with his field school and members of the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild. Their work continues to shed new light on an important Middle Woodland period site in northern Georgia, and was the subject of a recent news article in the Gainesville Times.

June 18th, 2013

ArchaeoBus 2013 Jun 18 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus continues visiting libraries to celebrate their summer reading programs. In one day, the ArchaeoBus stopped in at Lithonia’s Stonecrest Library, and at the Tucker–Reid H. Cofer Library in Tucker.

June 15th, 2013

ArchaeoBus GoMM CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus remembers visiting the Georgia Welcome Center on US Highway 301 in Screven County, the oldest one in the state, on March 29th of this year. Tammy Herron, Maggie Needham, and George Wingard of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program helped visitors, including over two hundred school children from across the county. Visit this online resource for a schedule of “Georgia On My Mind Day” activities.

June 6th, 2013

ArchaeoBus libraries 109 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits the Ocee Library in Johns Creek and the Power Springs Library in Powder Springs to host many kids and parents.

June GARS newsletter available

The June 2013 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. Longer articles include “Old Peachtree Road Field Trip,” and “Some Early Iron Making on the Georgia Frontier.” Also, read about the memorial service held at the Cherokee Nation capital of New Echota to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the removal of about 20,000 Cherokees to Indian Territory in 1838.

The 2013 SGA Posters are on their way

Submitted by Leslie Perry

poster_packing_smallThanks to the hard work of SGA volunteers, the 2013 Georgia Archaeology Month posters have been packed and distributed across the state. Read on to learn more about the history of the Georgia Archaeology Month posters and the volunteers who make this outreach program a success.

Revisiting Anneewakee Creek (9DO2)

Submitted by Dylan Woodliff

SGA_logo_web_100In this intriguing research report, Dylan Woodliff describes recent fieldwork by Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. (EPEI) at The Anneewakee Creek site (9DO2) in Douglas County, Georgia. New work by EPEI suggests that this famous Woodland period mound site may contain previously unrecorded earthworks.

Digging Savannah app has launched

Submitted by Laura Seifert

Dig Sav smallThe Digging Savannah app is now available in the Google Play marketplace. The app will work on most Android devices including smartphones and tablets. Just search for “Digging Savannah.” The App allows you to discover archaeology sites in and around Savannah that have been investigated and are on property open to the public. For more information, visit the Digging Savannah website by clicking here, and follow us on Facebook by clicking here.

History grows at the Garden of the Coastal Plain

Submitted by Inger Wood

bland_cottage_140x100For over twenty-five years, the Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro has served as a botanical and historical oasis on the edge of campus. Read on to learn more about the garden and recent efforts to turn the Bland Cottage into a museum.

Book chapter highlights Holder’s work on the Georgia coast

Submitted by Keith Stephenson

sga_logo_cuPreston Holder’s important WPA-era archaeological fieldwork on the Georgia coast has been largely ignored. Thanks to recent efforts by SGA members, this picture is changing. Here Keith Stephenson reviews Kevin Kiernan’s book chapter about Preston Holder’s work on the Georgia coast, recently published by the University of Alabama Press.

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.

AAS presents Archaeology Day 2013

Submitted by Tammy Herron

1989_Lewis_Brief_History_AAS_CUOrganizers of the 2013 Archaeology Day invite you to attend on Saturday, May 4th between 10AM and 4PM. The event will be held at the historic Ezekiel Harris House located at 1822 Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia. Admission is free. Click here to access a colorful, printable one-page flyer advertising the event.

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.

Archaeological investigations of “the Gulch” in downtown Atlanta

Submitted by Dylan Woodliff

gulch_bw_photo (100x99)Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. (EPEI) and New South Associates (NSA), under contract with HNTB Corporation, recently completed preliminary investigations of the Gulch, a low-lying area of downtown Atlanta long associated with the railroads. Preliminary archaeological investigations consisted of extensive archival background research, soil coring, and a large-scale geophysical survey of the project area. These investigations not only shed light on a fascinating and significant part of Atlanta’s history, but represent the most extensive investigations of their kind in an urban setting in the Southeast.

Survey in Clayton and Fayette counties sheds light on Civil War battlefield

Submitted by Richard Moss

mcdonough_road_artifacts (100x90)In 2012, Edwards-Pitman Environmental conducted a Phase I survey of McDonough Road in Fayette and Clayton counties for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) under contract with American Engineers, Inc. The work included systematic shovel testing and metal detection along the nine kilometer project corridor from SR 54 in the west to Tara Boulevard near Lovejoy in the east. Dan Elliott of the LAMAR Institute helped with the metal detector survey. This project documented archaeological remnants of the western extent of the Battles of Lovejoy Station Battlefield.

Archaeologist Constanza Ceruti speaks at UNG

Submitted by Tammy Herron and Jack Wynn

ceruti_in_north_georgia (100x94)On Wednesday, March 6th, Dr. Constanza Ceruti, an Argentine high-altitude archaeologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, was the guest speaker at the University of North Georgia (UNG) campus in Dahlonega. Dr. Ceruti discussed the burial rituals of the Inca and pre-Inca mummies found high in the Andes of Argentina. As Dr. Jack Wynn exclaimed, “this is exotic archaeology!” Dr. Ceruti will be speaking in various places during her visit to the U.S., and Dr. Alvaro Torres-Calderon arranged to have her speak at UNG. Her visit was made possible by a number of entities, including the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild, a chapter of the SGA located in Dahlonega.

GAAS gets Singer-Moye update

Submitted by Lyn Kirkland and Stefan Brannan

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

GAAS April meeting: Forts Daniel and Peachtree

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

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.

2013 Social Studies Fair winners

Submitted by Leslie Perry

2103 SocStudies Fair winner CUThe SGA and its partner, the GCPA (Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists), are pleased to announce winners of awards for Georgia archaeology for 2013 at the State Social Studies Fair, held Saturday, March 23, at Clayton State University in Morrow. The SGA’s seventh-grade winner is Kameron Gaston for his project, “Nazca Lines: Why Are They Here?” The GCPA’s fifth-grade winner is Kara Harper for her project, “The Invisible Enemy: Diseases of the Civil War.” See photos of the winners and their projects in the full story.

Presentation on Cave Spring Log Cabin

GaTOTA_100_100Chieftain’s Museum Archaeologist Pat Garrow will present his findings from the December 2012 excavation at the Cave Spring Log Cabin. You can learn more about the work at the Cave Spring Log Cabin by clicking here. Representatives from the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will be on hand to put Mr. Garrow’s work in context. The talk is scheduled for March 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Cave Spring Elementary School in Cave Spring, Georgia.

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.

Website continues to be a success

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.edu)

The SGA uses this website to inform its members about activities of the Society and to provide information about archaeology in Georgia to members and the interested public. In 2102, the website received just over 50,000 visits and just over 101,000 pageviews by over 42,000 unique visitors. That averages to 116 unique visitors every day, making this outreach effort quite successful. This website, like all SGA’s outreach endeavors, are supported by volunteers. Get your story idea ready to email to our new online editor, Ben Steere. Join the SGA! Make a donation to support the SGA!

March GARS newsletter available

The March 2013 issue of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), is now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read a research article on a Creek settlement that is now an archaeological site in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Fort Daniel news, and more. Access a PDF of the new issue 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.

Early Georgia issue scheduling

Submitted by M. Jared Wood (earlygeorgia@thesga.org)

sga_logo_cuM. Jared Wood, Editor, Early Georgia, discusses the publication schedule for the journal. The Fall 2012 issue is in production and and will be sent to all SGA members who paid dues for the 2012 year. The Spring 2013 issue will be a follow-up of the popular Profile Papers including selections from the newsletter from 1992 to 2009. The Fall 2013 issue will be thematic. Submissions are encouraged NOW for consideration for inclusion in upcoming issues of Early Georgia.

Archives update: Call NOW

The SGA requests that you call your Representative NOW requesting his/her support of HB 287, which will be voted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. Call NOW.

GAAS to learn about Singer-Moye in March

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

GAAS talks trash at February meeting

Submitted by Lyn Kirkland, GAAS member and SGA Board Member

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

Announcing the 2013 Waring Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology at the University of West Georgia

2013_Waring_lecture_65x100Archaeologist Dr. Ted Goebel, Associate Director for the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University, will visit the University of West Georgia campus to share discoveries from archaeological sites in Russia, Alaska, Nevada, and the American Southeast. Dr. Goebel’s talk is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Hall in the Humanities building on the campus of the University of West Georgia. Goebel’s talk explores the question of who the first Americans were and why they came to the New World during the Ice Age. Toward answering these questions, Goebel examines three lines of evidence: archaeological, physical, and genetic records.

New Publication on Preston Holder’s WPA Archaeology on the Georgia Coast

SGA members will be pleased to see the inclusion of Kevin Kiernan’s chapter on Preston Holder’s New Deal-era excavations on the Georgia coast in a new book, Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America, edited by Bernard K. Means (The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2013). In his chapter, “Preston Holder’s WPA Excavations in Glynn and Chatham Counties, Georgia, 1936-1938,” long-time SGA member Kevin Kiernan provides important information about a little-known area of Georgia archaeology.

Michael Shirk remembered

Submitted by Tom Gresham

Mike Shirk May 2009 CU…in which SGA member Tom Gresham remembers Michael Shirk, who died on Sunday, February 10th, 2013. Tom begins: “Most of us in SGA knew Mike as an archaeo-spouse, one who was married to an archaeologist, for better and worse. And Mike was one of the best. He not only accepted his wife Betsy’s fervent interest in archaeology and SGA, he fully embraced it himself, becoming vitally engaged in the health and well-being of our society, to its lasting benefit.”

Winter 2012 issue of The Profile now available

Issue number 155, Winter 2012, of the SGA’s quarterly newsletter, The Profile, is now available as a downloadable and printable PDF. Alternatively, you can click here to see excerpts of all stories in the issue. The stories in The Profile all were originally posted to this website October, November, or December of 2012.

The SGA mourns Michael Shirk

Submitted by SGA President Tammy Herron (sgapresident@thesga.org)

Mike Shirk May 2009 CUThe Society for Georgia Archaeology is saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Shirk on Sunday, February 10th. Michael was a strong supporter of the SGA who worked to professionalize the organization, particularly the Treasurer’s records and the Society’s website. Also, Michael was instrumental in working to obtain the bookmobile that is now the ArchaeoBus. Michael continued to support SGA by working at various functions of the organization until very recently and donating his time, talents, and funding.

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.

Host an Archaeology Month event

Submitted by Pamela Baughman (sgasecretary@thesga.org)

sga_logo_cuGeorgia Archaeology Month is a statewide promotion held each May 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. Your help is needed to plan the activities that will be the basis of our Calendar of Events. Develop an activity/event, and submit a description of it so we can include it in the Calendar of Events brochure, which will be distributed statewide as well as posted on this website. You can submit information online, or complete a traditional form.

News about Duckett site research

Duckett site shovel testing Wynn photo CULong-time SGA member Jack Wynn suggests our members and friends may be interested in reading this story by Hannah Parson, “Students Unearth History and Mystery at the Duckett Site,” posted on The Steeple, the online student newspaper of for the University of North Georgia–Dahlonega and the Military College of Georgia. So far, students—and members of the SGA Chapter Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild—have helped shovel test in a grid across the site area to understand variation across the settlement, and to analyze materials discovered and data recovered during the testing.

Catch up on GARS newsletter

The January and February 2013 issues of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), are now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. Read Fort Daniel news and more.

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.

GAAS February meeting: MARTA archaeology

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

December 12th, 2012

ArchaeoBus on Stone Mountain night CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus talks about her return journey to Stone Mountain to work from New South Associates over the next six months to educate the children of the Stone Mountain/East Atlanta/Dekalb County area on how nifty archaeology can be!

ArchaeoBus in Stone Mountain

Submitted by Rita Elliott and Nick Joseph (archaeobus@thesga.org)

Abby the ArchaeoBus is in residence at New South Associates in Stone Mountain through June 2013. A wonderful crew at NSA is conducting a regional pilot program to reach a more diverse and greater percentage of the Georgia population. This will serve to guide how we use Abby in other regions of our large state. Nick Joseph, Marketing Coordinator at NSA, will be the Stone Mountain Regional Coordinator for the ArchaeoBus.

Remember SGA in year-end giving

As the end of 2012 approaches, the SGA Officers and Board Members encourage and invite you to support the SGA through a financial contribution to the SGA’s Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is used to support educational outreach and the preservation of archaeological sites. You can now contribute online; no deductions are made by the vendor who handles the transaction and 100% of your donation comes to the SGA. Click the NEW online donation link here to donate NOW. Regardless of how you contribute, the Society for Georgia Archaeology is grateful for any financial contributions.

Today is “Georgia Gives Day”

Submitted by Pamela Baughman

Governor Nathan Deal has officially declared today (12/6/2012) as “Georgia Gives Day,” reflecting an initiative created by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to highlight the work of non-profit organizations and encourage philanthropic giving. In the spirit of this day, consider donating to the Society for Georgia Archaeology’s Endowment fund. You can do so via SGA’s online portal 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.

Avondale Burial Place video

Submitted by J.W. Joseph (jwjoseph@newsouthassoc.com)

Avondaleburialplace banner CURecently, New South Associates was contracted by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to recover, analyze, and relocate the Avondale Burial Place in southern Bibb County. Fieldwork discovered 101 individuals. Later analysis, including historical research, indicates the burial ground was most heavily used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, although there are indicators that this location began as a slave cemetery and was subsequently used by African American tenant farmers. View an excellent video about this important project that’s in the full story.

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.

President’s Message: Fall 2012

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapresident@thesga.org sgapresident@thesga.org sgapresident@thesga.org)

…in which President Catherine Long updates members on activities of the SGA in the third quarter of 2012. This is President Long’s last President’s Message, as Tammy Herron will become President at the end of the Fall Meeting, on October 27th in Columbus.

Archives to remain open

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GA Archives bldg Morrow Tourism CUDespite an announcement that the Georgia State Archives would close in November, an October 18th press release notes, “Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that the state will restore $125,000 to Kemp’s budget,” which will keep the Archives open. The SGA was one of many organizations and individuals that publicly advocated that this important research institution not be closed. The Georgia State Archives will maintain its current access hours.

October 16th, 2012

ArchaeoBus on SAA home CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus discusses her latest publicity—her photograph high on the home page of the Society for American Archaeology, which has more than 7000 members.

October 6, 2012

ArchaeoBus Oct 6 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus attends the 2012 CoastFest in Brunswick to show people how fun and exciting archaeology can be, and how important it is to preserve archaeological sites.

October 4th, 2012

ArchaeoBus Oct 4 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus stars…um…plays a role in a movie!—well, a TV show. Read the full story to learn about the ArchaeoBus’s adventure driving to Camp Lawton, and working there with Time Team America’s crew, which was there shooting a segment about the Civil War camp.

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.

Support the SGA’s endeavors: Support the Endowment Fund

Did you miss the Audacious Archaeology Auction last year? Guess what—it is not too late to contribute to the endowment of SGA! A challenge grant opportunity has been issued by the Coosawattee Foundation—the Foundation will match up to $250.00 any donation received by December 31, 2012, in support of the Endowment Fund. Please send your donation to the Society for Georgia Archaeology, PO Box 693, Athens, GA 30603. (We hope to implement on-line donations soon.) For all stories on the SGA’s Endowment Fund, click here.

Second donation gratefully received from Lacy Foundation

For the second year in a row, The Lacy Foundation has donated to the SGA’s Endowment Fund. The SGA appreciates this very much. These funds will help support the initiatives of the SGA. You, too, can help by donating to the SGA. Look for a means for doing this online, coming soon! We greatly appreciate your continued support!

SGA letter concerning closing of Georgia Archives

SGA President Catherine Long has sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and others regarding our grave concern over the planned closing of the Georgia Archives on 1 November 2012.

Volunteer for the SGA at CoastFest 2012

Submitted by Rita Elliott (ritafelliott@gmail.com)

Rita Elliott invites you to volunteer to help with the SGA’s exhibit at CoastFest in Brunswick. Our biggest display will be the ArchaeoBus! Rita writes, “We will be setting up at 8 AM.” CoastFest runs from 10AM–4PM on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Follow the link in the full story, and tell Rita when you can help!

2012 Fort Daniel Frontier Faire scheduled for 20–21 October

Submitted by Leslie Perry (lpdigsite@netscape.net)

The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), a Chapter of SGA, and the Friends of Ft. Daniel Foundation (FDF), will host their annual Fort Daniel Frontier Faire on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, October 21 from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy a museum display, Trading Post, face painting, archaeological tour, refreshments, blacksmith, and other vendors right on the location of the fort in Buford in Gwinnett County. Admission is open to the public at $2 per person or $5 per family.

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.

The SGA leadership meets in Douglas

The SGA’s leaders met all afternoon on Friday, August 17th, 2012, in Stubbs Hall on the campus of South Georgia College, in Douglas. Typically, the SGA leadership meets four times each year, because of the many projects and activities the organization has undertaken to attain the Society’s goals and mission. This meeting was scheduled so members could also attend the annual meeting of SOGART, a Chapter of the SGA, entitled “2012 Symposium on Southeastern Coastal Plain Archaeology.”

Measurements and projectile points

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Buchanan et al 2012 PLoS ONE Fig 2 CUArchaeologists sometimes make detailed studies of artifacts. Projectile points are one kind of artifact that some archaeologists study with great care. This article discusses measurements made in one recent study of North American Paleoindian points, in which measurements were made of the bases and blades of points, along with various length measurements, and the maximum thickness. Consider that points were almost always used, which altered their dimensions from when they were created.

August 5th, 2012

ArchaeoBus windshield 05 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus gets new lenses for “cataracts.” Abby discusses getting new windows, courtesy of Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, making her both safer and…more beautiful (she says).

August 7th, 2012

ArchaeoMo ArchaeoBus NewSouth 04CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus visits New South Associates in Stone Mountain during Archaeology Month, Spring 2012. Abby tells about her adventures hosting many visitors, and provides many photographs of people and activities, including an excavation. Look at the photos and find friends—and meet Captain Jack!

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.

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.

Artifact styles…do not always match genetic data

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

SGA 0160 RJL PIDBA CUAre you interested in the earliest human settlers in North America? If so, you may enjoy browsing the information offered online in The Paleoindian Database of the Americas. The Georgia section now includes thousands of photographs and drawings of Paleoindian and Early Archaic projectile points, and metric data for the points, too, courtesy of R. Jerald Ledbetter. Style studies, for example of stone tools, do not always match the results of archaeogenetic studies.

President’s Message: Summer 2012

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapresident@thesga.org)

SGA President Catherine Long reports on the Spring Meeting, a GAAS field trip, and plans for a Board Meeting in August—timed to coincide with SOGART’s 2012 Symposium on Southeastern Coastal Plain Archaeology. Plans for the Fall Meeting are underway; stay tuned for details. Once again, the ArchaeoBus will attend CoastFest in October in Brunswick. We hope to see you at upcoming events!

Beware of ticks!

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

GALDA tick by LSchmitz CUMay is Archaeology Month in the state of Georgia, and also Historic Preservation Month, but did you also know that May is Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month? The Georgia Lyme Disease Association sponsors this month to promote awareness about these diseases as well as encourage prevention practices. Find more information online here, where you can find resources, stories, statistics, and articles detailing the signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases. In Georgia, ticks may be active year round, but they are most active on calm, cool, damp (humid) days over 60 degrees. You can engage in some prevention by avoiding tick infested areas, using tick/bug sprays, and checking yourself thoroughly after venturing outside.

Archaeology Day scheduled for May 6th in Augusta

2012 Augusta Archaeo Soc Archaeology Day CUThe Augusta Museum of History and the Augusta Archaeological Society, a Chapter of the SGA, invite you to attend Archaeology Day at the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad Street, in Augusta, on Saturday, May 6th, 2012. Admission is free. This event is one of many celebrating Georgia’s 2012 Archaeology Month.

2012 SOGART symposium call for papers

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

SOGART, the South Georgia Archaeological Research Team, a Chapter of the SGA announces that its 2012 Symposium on Southeastern Coastal Plain Archaeology will be held at Stubbs Hall, South Georgia College, Douglas, on August 18th. Presentations are now being solicited for the meeting. Click here for an announcement suitable for posting.

Archaeology Month 2012 posters are rolled and stuffed

Submitted by Leslie Perry (digsitelp@yahoo.com)

2012 Poster prep CUOn Monday, April 2, 2012, volunteers from the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, TRC staff, and others from the SGA met at the offices of the cultural resources firm TRC, Inc. in Norcross to roll the Archaeology Month 2012 posters and stuff them in mailing tubes destined for Georgia school districts. Thanks to all the volunteers for finishing this important work.

Leake Site exhibition opens in Columbus

Columbus Mus Gateway CUThe Gateway to the Past: Georgia’s Leake Site exhibition will be on display through Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Columbus Museum, on Wynnton Road east of downtown Columbus. Using excavated artifacts from the Leake site and the Columbus Museum’s collection of Chattahoochee Valley objects, this history exhibition shows visitors what life was like for prehistoric American Indians living in what is now northern Georgia. The exhibition also includes an interactive audio/visual tour. Admission is free. Read more about the Leake site on this website by clicking here.

Columbus Museum exhibition on George Cooke and Thomas Hope

Columbus Mus Annotations CUThe Annotations: George Cooke & Thomas Hope and the Influence of Antiquity exhibition is on view at the Columbus Museum through Sunday, July 22, 2012. George Cooke (1793-1849), who began his career as a self-taught painter, sought to increase his skill and knowledge by following the custom of many American artists in traveling to Europe. The Columbus Museum the second largest general museum in Georgia, and admission is free.

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.

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.

Annual website statistics: 2009–2011

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

How much attention has thesga.org, the website of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, received over the period 2009–2011? Read the full story and learn about the success of the SGA’s website. The SGA’s mission “is 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,” and this website aids the Society in reaching its goals.

Archaeological lessons for us today: Coping with environmental stresses

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Butzer 2012 pg3636 PNAS Collapse Fig 1 CUHow do archaeological investigations can help us understand the present, and give us insights into the future of the world? A series of articles in a Special Feature called “Critical Perspectives on Historical Collapse,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012, vol. 109, no. 10), and available online here for free, offers archaeological examples that are helpful in understanding how societies under stress react, and what reactions are more and less successful. Dr. Karl Butzer, in his contribution, argues that “resilience and readaptation depend on identified options, improved understanding, cultural solidarity, enlightened leadership, and opportunities for participation and fresh ideas” (p. 3632).

First two GARS newsletters available

UPDATED! The first two issues of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), are now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. GARS members are planning to co-host (with the Fort Daniel Foundation) an afternoon expo at the Fort Daniel site on May 19th, as part of the 2012 Archaeology Month activities.

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.

GAAS March meeting presentation topic: Etowah

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

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

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.

Call your representative NOW about 2012 budgeting

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

sga_logo_cuCall your state representative NOW. Here’s why. It’s budgeting time for the State of Georgia, and once again the budget of the Historic Preservation Division (HPD), which includes the Office of the State Archaeologist and more, is threatened with debilitating cuts. Now is the time for SGA members to call or email their representative to tell him/her to restore monies to HPD’s budget for FY 2013. Call NOW. The full story has details.

Long-distance travel: The Leake Site example

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Leake on National Map topo CUIn an article in the Fall 2011 issue of Early Georgia (vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 173–200), Scot Keith discusses evidence for long-distance trade and exchange in Middle Woodland times (from about 350 BC to AD 650), using data from the Leake Site, near Cartersville. Members of the SGA in 2011 received that issue of Early Georgia as a benefit of membership. Join the SGA, and you will receive the current volume of Early Georgia!

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.

Blue Ridge Parkway archive online with geolocation data

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Driving through Time truck CUDo you geotag your digital photographs? North Carolina archivists have determined the geographic location of myriad photographs and other historical materials that illuminate the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway, then put scans of those materials online for researchers to browse. Read more about Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina in the full story.

GAAS January meeting scheduled

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

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

Host an event for Georgia Archaeology Month, May 2012

Submitted by Pamela Baughman (pajgriffin@comcast.net)

sga_logo_cuPlan an event anywhere in the state for Archaeology Month in spring 2012! This story links to a form you can download and fill out to get your event listed in the SGA’s Calendar of Events brochure, which is distributed around the state, and beyond. Activities of all sorts are encouraged!

Ocmulgee 75th Anniversary celebrated

Submitted by Tammy Herron (tfherron@gmail.com)

Ocumulgee 75th anniv visitor center CUSGA Vice-President Tammy Herron and two colleagues, George Wingard and Keith Stephenson, attended the 75th Anniversary Reception on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Ocmulgee National Monument. In a later ceremony, the SGA received a Certificate of Appreciation for helping to “preserve and protect the ‘Ocmulgee Old Fields’” and for helping to “create Ocmulgee National Monument” in 1936.

Ways to make the past a story

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Fraser Rimas Empires cover CUHistorical and archaeological books and articles commonly tell the story of the past either using a timeline (a sequential version of the past) or using a specific topic—a place or person or theme—to anchor the tale. This story notes that there’re two sequential versions of Georgia’s past on this website—a table and a prose post. The full story contrasts these with Caldwell’s volume on research prior to the flooding of the Allatoona Reservoir, and a book on food and the human past (and future)—both with topical foci. Caldwell’s volume is recommended to anyone interested in Georgia’ prehistory.

President’s Message, December 2011

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapres@thesga.org)

SGA President Catherine Long summarizes the year’s events for the Society for Georgia Archaeology, and previews upcoming activities in 2012.

The SGA’s Endowment Fund wants you!

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapres@thesga.org)

As you consider your charitable gifts for the 2011 tax year, the SGA asks that you add the Society’s Endowment Fund to your list. The Fund supports educational outreach and the preservation of archaeological sites. The SGA is a registered non-profit organization. If you have already donated to the SGA for 2011, the Society thanks you.

WPA Archaeology on the Georgia Coast

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

WPA 2011 Visitor Center artifacts CUPreston Holder was the most productive archaeologist of the Georgia Coast during the Federal Works Progress Administration era (WPA was created in April 1935), and, in fact, the SGA helped fund his salary prior to the WPA. Some artifacts from Holder’s work were displayed at the Visitor’s Center at the entrance to the St. Simons causeway. Kevin Kiernan discusses Holder’s work in the November 2011 issue of the Society for American Archaeology’s Archaeological Record, which is previewed in the full story.

Early Georgia: Information for Authors

Early Georgia logo B W 100 highEarly Georgia publishes papers on the archaeology of Georgia and closely related subjects. While all submissions are subject to editorial review, authors may request to have their papers reviewed through a formal peer review process.

Thank you, Editor Pluckhahn

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

Early Georgia logo B W 100 highThe SGA thanks outgoing Early Georgia Editor Tom Pluckhahn for the four years of quality work he’s given the Society.

Historic preservation primer available from HPD

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

HPD Preservation Primer 2011 CUCareful preservation planning means knowledge about important historical and archaeological resources are part of the planning process. In late October 2011, Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division released Preservation Primer: A Resource Guide for Georgia, available in both high- and low-resolution PDFs. The Primer will help you identify historic properties, evaluate them, and develop local preservation planning strategies. And help protect your community’s resources.

Coosawattee Foundation issues challenge grant for SGA’s Endowment Fund

sga_logo_cuStep right up and contribute to the SGA’s Endowment Fund, and help the SGA twice! One way is your check; the second way is that the Coosawattee Foundation has issued a challenge grant—the Foundation will match up to $250.00 any donation received by December 31 in support of the Endowment Fund. Contributions made to SGA, a non-profit organization, help support education initiatives throughout Georgia and protect archaeological sites.

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.

Introduction: New Editor, Early Georgia

Submitted by Jared Wood (woody@uga.edu)

Early Georgia logo B W 100 highEarly Georgia’s new Editor, Jared Wood, introduces himself and briefly discusses plans for upcoming issues of the SGA’s journal. Your submissions are encouraged!

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.

Help save UGA’s Rutherford Hall

Submitted by Inger Wood (ingerwood@gmail.com)

Rutherford Hall CUPlan to attend a meeting at 6:30pm tonight, September 6th, at UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, 315 Riverbend Road, to help change the fate of historic Rutherford Hall, which is currently slated for demolition. Rutherford is a dorm in the Myers Quad on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

Step right up! Help at the 2011 Georgia National Fair

Submitted by Rita Elliott (ritafelliott@gmail.com)

Attend the Georgia National Fair and help the SGA by volunteering to present the ArchaeoBus to the public. No experience necessary! The ArchaeoBus is the SGA’s fun mobile classroom and museum. The 2011 Georgia National Fair in Perry runs from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 16.

Highlights from the August 2011 Board Meeting

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapres@thesga.org)

2011 Aug Board Meeting TJ presentation CUThe SGA Board and Officers met Saturday afternoon, 27 August, at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. In partnership with the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, the SGA is supporting a plan to interface more effectively with the Atlanta Regional Commission. The ArchaeoBus is scheduled at events in Perry and along the coast this fall. We look forward to seeing you at the SGA Fall Meeting in Athens on Saturday, October 22. Slots are still open for those who wish to give presentations. On Saturday evening, we hope you can attend a live auction to raise money for the SGA. In addition, we plan to implement click-online membership renewals and donations soon.

August meeting of SGA leadership a success

2011 08 Summer Board Meeting CUThe SGA Board and Officers met Saturday afternoon, 27 August 2011, in the Georgia Room at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. The SGA leadership addressed various issues, both old and new business. And, during the breaks, attendees checked out exhibits in the halls surrounding the meeting room.

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.

Comment period ends mid-August 2011 for Cumberland Island plan

The National Park Service manages the Cumberland Island National Seashore, along Georgia’s coast. The 30-day comment period for the management of seven small parcels within the park will end on 12 August 2011. You can submit your comments via email. Follow this link to access the plan online and for instructions on making your comments.

Exploring the Civil War through historic maps

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Atlanta campaign Wikipedia partial CUThe Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War began this year. The SGA marked this event with this year’s theme of Georgia Archaeology Month, Gone But Not Forgotten: Rediscovering the Civil War Through Archaeology, held in May. You can also rediscover the Civil War through digital maps available online, by matching them to maps and satellite views of the same landscape today. Try it yourself!

In the National Park System, cultural resources “are in serious trouble”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

State of Americas Natl Parks 2011 cover CUA June 2011 report called The State of America’s National Parks warns on page 25 “that cultural resources in the National Park System—considered the most important to our country’s heritage—are in serious trouble. In fact, these places and collections are being maintained in a condition well below the level that the National Park Service itself has deemed appropriate.” The report concludes on page 27 that the reason this has happened is that “[t]here simply aren’t enough qualified and trained people overseeing the parks’ cultural heritage.” Given the many National Park System properties with an historic or archaeological slant in Georgia (e.g., Ocmulgee National Monument and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site), are you surprised at this situation?

President’s Message through June 2011

Submitted by Catherine Long (sgapres@thesga.org)

SGA President Catherine Long recognizes the huge efforts by the volunteers to continue the mission and vision of the SGA. She describes how volunteers made the Spring Meeting and Georgia Archaeology Month in May happen. She also mentions two upcoming opportunities to serve—CoastFest in Brunswick on October 1st, and the Georgia National Fair in Perry from October 6–16. Also, save the date for the SGA’s Fall Meeting in Athens on October 22nd.

Learning from the past: where people lived changed over time

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

TWC Georgia regions CURead “Examining Variation in the Human Settlement of Prehistoric Georgia,” by John A. Turck, Mark Williams, and John F. Chamblee in the Spring 2011 issue of Early Georgia (included in membership in the SGA) and you will better understand changes and continuities in the prehistoric occupation across the landscape of the area we now call Georgia. The trio apply statistical methods to the treasure trove of data stored at the Georgia Archaeological Site File in Athens to fine-tune our understanding of where people lived when in the past, and of how those patterns changed over time.

Contents of Early Georgia now listed online

Researchers and the curious can now peruse the titles and authors of all articles published in Early Georgia since SGA began publishing the journal in 1950. The page with the listing is here.

Governor proclaims May Georgia Archaeology Month

On May 31st, 2011, Governor Nathan Deal signed the proclamation declaring that May is Georgia Archaeology Month. Seven SGA leaders and members witnessed the signing in the Governor’s office in the Capitol in Atlanta. The Proclamation affirms the importance of Georgia’s archaeological heritage and resources, and notes that the “study, interpretation and preservation of our archaeological sites offer important educational, cultural and economic benefits to all Georgians”.

GARS investigates Berkmar “mystery” site

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

GARS_logo_CUMembers of the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS) worked over the weekend at the Berkmar “mystery” site—this was part of the old Wynne-Russell Plantation but is now Berkmar Middle School, Gwinnett County property. GARS members plan to record the site on 14 May, and are clearing brush, etc., in preparation for doing that with Berkmar MS 8th graders.

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.

ArchaeoBus visits library in Danielsville

Submitted by Tom Gresham

ArchaeoBus at Madison Co Library parked AB CUFifty-seven visitors toured the ArchaeoBus when it was parked at the Madison County Library in Danielsville on April 16th, 2011, and browsed exhibits set up in the library. The ArchaeoBus created a good bit of excitement and all who visited were impressed and appreciative. A Facebook comment later that weekend observed, “we saw tons of cool things…the ArchaeoBus was great!!!” Two kids bounding up to the library chanted ArchaeoBus! ArchaeoBus! ArchaeoBus!

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.

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.

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.

2012 state budget: Georgia Archives funding reduced in HB 78

Georgia Sec of State logo CUVirginia Shadron, Chair, Friends of Georgia Archives & History, reports that the Fiscal Year 2012 budget that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 11th includes budget reductions that probably will result in the State Archives closing its doors to the public. Shadron’s comments are made in an open letter online here. The House Bill must now be considered by Senators. Archaeologists use records stored at the Georgia Archives regularly in their research. Most materials are not online, so visiting the Archives is the only way to obtain the unique information stored there.

Archaeological vandalism: Two stories

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Leptis Magna Google Maps satellite CUWhy are archaeological resources vandalized? Consider the two examples in the full story, one from the Macon area, and login and tell us your thoughts.

Download publications from the SRARP

The Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP), a division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, conducts archaeological research on and around the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. The SRARP has recently added several downloadable PDFs of publications about archaeology to their website.

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.

Archaeological excavations in Augusta reveal material culture of racial segregation

Submitted by Brad Botwick (New South Associates, inc.)

Augusta followed some of the broader trends of urbanization experienced across the USA in the 19th century. As the city spread from its original core area, it took on many characteristics of a modern city, including residential neighborhoods that were divided based on class, race, or other attributes. In this example, a planned residential development specifically incorporated prevailing social ideologies at the turn of the century. The development was designed and built to separate residents on the basis of race and class, which helped to reinforce ideologies of the appropriate racial and economic social positions and roles.

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!

January 2011 SAA Archaeological Record online

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

saa_logo_cuThe January 2011 newsletter of the Society for American Archaeology, The SAA Archaeological Record, is now available free online. The issue includes a Special Forum titled “Digital Communication and Collaboration: Perspectives from Zooarchaeology,” and includes ten articles and many examples of data-sharing among zooarchaeologists.

Archaeological data complements Civil War records

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Wall street journal Josh D Weiss of Silliman GPS CUA January 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal by Cameron McWhirter discusses battlefield archaeology in the Kennesaw/Smyrna area, highlighting research by SGA’s own Garrett Silliman.

Winter 2011 Planning Meeting a huge success

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The SGA leadership met on Saturday, 22 January 2011, at the the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. During the all-day meeting the group covered old and new business, including moving forward with 21st-century technologies, like using the cloud for collaborative document generation and establishing a Facebook presence for the Society.

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.

The SGA debuts on Facebook

facebook_logo_small.jpgThe Society for Georgia Archaeology is moving forward with embracing 21st century technologies. The SGA is now on Facebook(!!), here. If you’re already on FB, you can “like” the SGA, and look for updates about new stories on this website and other information. However, the principal online focus of the SGA will remain this website.

Online database for JFK presidency

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Caroline_announcing_JFK_online_2011.jpgIn January 2011, John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s daughter Caroline announced that tens of thousands of the most important papers (including drafts of speeches), images, and other materials from her father’s presidency are now viewable online on JFK’s Presidential Library and Museum website. These records provide valuable and detailed information about how an individual thought that are usually unavailable to archaeologists. (Photo is from Associated Press, online here.)

Fee-free days at some National Parks in 2011

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

NPS_website_Discover_History_CU.jpgGet out your calendar and plan a trip to a national park on a fee-free day in 2011. Details are in the full story.

The SGA welcomes its newest Chapter: The Golden Isles Archaeological Society—GIAS

Submitted by Jamice Meschke, President GIAS (jdmeschke@comcast.net)

The Golden Isles Archaeological Society (GIAS) is the newest Chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Jamice Meschke, president of GIAS, appointed a sub-committee to write up new By-Laws in compliance with the rules and obligations of the SGA. Also read a brief summary of what the group has been involved with this fall.

A gift that keeps giving

Submitted by Sudha Shah (sudhaashah@gmail.com)

During this holiday season, consider honoring a special someone with a contribution in their name to the Endowment Fund of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Give a remarkable gift that touches generations to come and preserves your archaeological legacy in Georgia. We hope you also think of the Endowment in your end-of-the-year giving.

Interactive Civil War timeline offered by NY Times

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

NYTimes_Civil_War_timeline_CU.jpgThe New York Times has dipped into its archives and assembled an interactive timeline of stories and photographs from 1860 and throughout the Civil War period.

Introduction: The Profile’s new editor

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

I, Kelly Woodard, would like to introduce myself as the incoming editor for The Profile newsletter and website. As a recent graduate of Georgia State University, I am excited to be an active member of the Georgia archaeological community, especially the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Please consider sending me a story of interest to our members for posting on this website!

One archaeologist’s coolest thing I ever found

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

HPD_Preservation_Posts_Tucker_2010_Nov_CU.jpgIn the Georgia Department of Natural Resources—Historic Preservation Division’s free digital newsletter, Preservation Posts, for November 2010, Archaeology Section Chief and Deputy State Archaeologist—Terrestrial Bryan Tucker discusses his perspective on his profession, including his response to “What is the coolest thing you have ever found?”

Hawai’i archaeological site data available online

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Bishop_Museum_Kuliouou_shelter_1950_CU.jpgIn fall 2010, the Bishop Museum in Hawai’i put the state’s archaeological site file data online in a searchable database open to public use. Many states, including Georgia, restrict access to this information. Read about the Hawai’i database and consider the implications of making this data available to all.

ArchaeoBus volunteers enjoy the Georgia National Fair: Story and photographs

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

Volunteering for the SGA is not a daunting task as one might think, being at the Georgia National Fair all day with the ArchaeoBus smelling livestock, eating fatty foods, and dealing with rowdy kids. The ArchaeoBus volunteers report they had a great time and all said they would do it again!

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

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

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

Website usage update: September, October “bump”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

website_most_frequent_pageviews_by_month_through_2010_Oct_CU.jpgGood news! The SGA website’s numbers are up! We are now averaging a new story at least every other day each month, and almost five thousand unique visitors each month! Also, we’re averaging just under four hundred average daily pageviews! That’s nearly four hundred! Per day! So, SGA members—you can contribute to these numbers! Get your contribution to the website ready now! And, tell a friend about our website!

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.

Two days at the Georgia National Fair with the ArchaeoBus

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

In the full story, click through photos from two days spent with the ArchaeoBus at the Georgia National Fair, in Perry. Visitors of all ages enjoyed the Fair from October 7–17, 2010. SGA members pulled together to staff the ArchaeoBus exhibit with three or more volunteers at all times, helping thousands of fair-goers learn about Georgia archaeology.

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….

Georgia Archives update

The SGA is a member of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives and has received the following information from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) regarding HB 287, a bill to transfer the Georgia Archives from the Secretary of State’s Office to the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. Great News! HB […]

Dial senators now to preserve Archives

The SGA has joined The Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives and needs you to help support the Archives. Get ready to DIAL NOW. Calls to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and/or the Senate Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee are especially important. On Monday, 11 March 2013, the House Appropriations Committee passed the 2014 state […]

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.

Cave Spring hotel found to have log walls

Cave_Spring_hotel_log_reveal_RN-T_photo_CU.jpgThe Cave Spring Historical Society is seeking to restore the town’s old hotel, which has two-story squared-log walls that were long obscured by blue siding.

ArchaeoBus, Georgia National Fair, and seeds

Georgia_National_Fair_ArchaeoBus_CU.jpgVisit the Georgia National Fair—October 7–17 in Perry, and step into the ArchaeoBus! We’ll have lots of information plus activities for kids! Kids can make a seed packet for next spring, and plant seeds Native Americans in Georgia used to cultivate! The full story has a downloadable Fair map with the ArchaeoBus location marked, and a downloadable handout about Native American agriculture in Georgia.

Researchers investigate prehistoric use of Selden Park

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

2010_Oct_Terry_Dickson_Augusta_Chronicle_CU.jpgAn October 3rd article in the online version of The Augusta Chronicle by Terry Dickson describes work in the Brunswick community of Selden Park. Archaeologists have recovered broken pottery, shells, and other artifacts left by prehistoric peoples.

ArchaeoBus scheduling for October 2010

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUThe ArchaeoBus handlers have filled the ArchaeoBus schedule for October! There’s CoastFest, ten days at the Georgia National Fair, and then two days in Athens with teachers attending the Georgia Conference on the Social Studies!

GAAS schedules lecture on Maya archaeology

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100Dr. Terry Powis, a Mayan archaeologist on the faculty of Kennesaw State University, will speak before the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA, at the chapter’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 12th, at 7:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

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.

Necessities of life

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

pot_well-lit_CU.jpgThe Internet provides great resources for those researching and learning about archaeology. Finding the really good stuff, however, can be difficult. Here’s some help: the Arkansas Archeological Survey has posted some really good stuff!

PLoS blogs and viral archaeology

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

PLoS_symbol_CU.jpgRead one of the first blog entries on the new PLoS Blogs, which discusses viral archaeology—the “archaeology” of viruses! The Public Library of Science has debuted PLoS Blogs, a “new network for discussing science in public; covering topics in research, culture, and publishing.” PLoS sees the blogs as an extension of their mission to make “the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.”

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!

Heritage management system discussed

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

mega_jordan_online_screen_CU.jpgHeritage management involves several basic steps. Resources must be located and described. Once found, some kind of filing and data retrieval system is needed to manage them properly. Here in our state we have the Georgia Archaeological Site File. For places with fewer options than we have in the US of A, the Getty Conservation Institute has spearheaded development of an electronic inventory system that includes locational data; the pilot project is based in Jordan, but probably will be expanded to other areas.

Archaeo-Volunteers

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Many archaeological projects are only possible because of the hours and energy that volunteers contribute. The same is true for your SGA. Please think about what you can do to help the SGA.

Camp Lawton in the news

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

CampLawton_GPR_CU.jpgEven the national news recently picked up on the story about Camp Lawton, where investigations, including a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey, have revealed the exact location of this Civil War/War Between the States prisoner of war camp that was established in 1864.

News of the H.L. Hunley

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Hunley_sub_sketch_Skerrett_CU.jpgTen years ago, archaeologists raised the submarine H.L. Hunley from where it had been resting since February 1864. HeraldOnline’s Brian Hicks reports on the latest research and plans for what he calls “the first successful combat submarine in history.”

Historic Georgia soil maps online

Historical_soil_maps_at_UA_CU.jpgLooking for digital access to early twentieth century soil maps of Georgia? The University of Alabama’s Historical Map Archive includes them, but only if you use the free Mr SID plugin, which is only available for Windows XP or Vista.

Monitor construction of a medieval castle

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Ozark_castle_construction_CU.jpgAre you interested in visiting a castle? There’s a thirteenth-century fortress under construction in northern Arkansas that opened in May. Well, the construction site opened. Planners say it’ll take thirty years to finish the stone complex.

Tour the digital National Archives

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

ARC_1633434-_people_working_cotton_field_CU.jpgThe US National Archives and Records Administration keeps papers, photographs, moving images, and more, only a very few of which are available online. Examine a photo from the digital collection, and consider the information about the photograph. You can search the online records yourself by following a link in the full story.

HPD needs your input

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

HPD_Preserv_Plan_to_2011_cover_CU.jpgGeorgia’s Historic Preservation Division has composed a survey to solicit your input about the goals of their program for their next five-year preservation plan. Their existing plan goes through 2011. The full story has a link to the online survey, which will take you perhaps five minutes to complete. Your opinions are important!

Historic photographs of Ocmulgee

NPS_Photo_Collection_HPC-000591_CU.jpg Take a moment to browse some of the two thousand photographs the National Park Service has posted online from its Historic Photograph Collection. The posted photos include six of Ocmulgee National Monument, including one of the earthlodge while it was being excavated. That photograph dates to the 1930s.

Video highlights efforts to preserve Leake site

Submitted by Scot Keith (scot keith <asymmie@yahoo.com>)

Leake_Site_Short_video_E_-Johnson_2010_CU.jpg Kennesaw State University journalism student Elizabeth Johnson put together an eight-plus minute video documentary for her senior capstone project about the efforts to preserve and protect the Leake site in Cartersville, Georgia. Go to the full story to read more about the preservation efforts at the Leake site (you can help, too!), and for a link to the video.

18th-century ship found during WTC construction

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Fred_R_Conrad_NYT_archaeos_ship_WTC_CU.jpgWorld Trade Center workers revealed a long-buried ship in black mud on July 13, 2010. Archaeologists have been working to record the timbers before they dry out and crumble. Follow the link in full story to a New York Times story with details and pictures. The small picture here is from a Fred R. Conrad photograph in the Times story.

The oil spill and underwater resources

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

oil_spill_gulf_10_07_11_NYT_CU.jpgMany of us have probably been thinking about impacts of the oil washing ashore on coastal archaeological resources—but what about underwater resources like shipwrecks? An AP story from early July notes that BP has hired an archaeological firm in the face of concerns about the effects of the spill on terrestrial and underwater archaeological resources.

Searching the SGA’s website

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

SGA_website_search_box_CU.jpgWe hope you’ve noticed the little search box below the tag cloud on the green navigation bar along the right side of your screen. Using this search box, you can find specific words or phrases in stories on our website. In addition, careful use of quote marks and exclusion searches makes the searching we offer quite powerful!

North Carolina historical maps online

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

NC_maps_sanborn_maps_CU.jpgMembers of the SGA are often interested in historic maps. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has debuted an online resource called North Carolina Maps with digitized versions of more than 3000 historical maps, including Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

“500 years of American food”—via the Smithsonian

Key_Ingredients_CU.jpgThe foods of a people, like their language, provide a window into their culture. Check out the “online educational companion” to the exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food and learn more about the foods of North America, with special focus on regional traditions and international influences.

Read the diary of Abby the ArchaeoBus

Read the story of the SGA’s ArchaeoBus, as told by Abby the ArchaeoBus herself. Abby wants to share her experiences with the whole wide world, via this website! Abby includes many snapshots, so you can feel like you’ve spent time with her, too!

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.

DNR website redesigned

GA_DNR_website_2010_CU.jpgThe website of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been redesigned, and is now more attractive, not to mention useful! The DNR is the state entity responsible for Georgia’s cultural resources. DNR’s Historic Preservation Division “promotes the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia.” The Director of HPD is Dr. David Crass, an archaeologist.

Website usage based on pageviews

Did you know this website hosts, on average, around three hundred pageviews per day? Did you know that visitors to our website have come from over 100 countries so far in 2010? Did you know that over eight percent of our visitors visit, on average, multiple times each month? Check out the full story for data on how our website’s use has grown since it was revamped in early 2009.

Metrics on this website’s “size”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

How “big” is this website? How has it “grown” over the last year? We could measure it in megabytes, but a simple page count makes more sense. Our page count statistics show steady growth, and thesga.org now can proudly boast some 630 pages (or “stories”)!

SEAC’s 2010 Public Outreach Grant announced

SEAC_logo_100.jpgThe 2010 SEAC Public Outreach Grant has been awarded to Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island, Georgia, for their project “Digging History” at Fort Frederica: Community Archaeology Festival. The festival features SGA’s ArchaeoBus.

SGA Endowment Fund contributors

Submitted by Rita Elliott (ritafelliott@gmail.com)

Endowment Fund Committee Chairperson Rita Elliott has compiled a list of all contributors to the Society’s Endowment Fund from 2001 to May 2010. The Endowment Fund provides the Society with a constant and steady financial base. Contributions are tax-deductable as allowed by law. Make your 2010 donation now!

Read the latest from scientists on the topic of human evolution

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Sackler_S_PNAS_colloquia.jpgRead summaries of the latest scientific studies and analysis of human evolution. Over a dozen papers are now available for free online from the December 2009 Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium titled In the Light of Evolution IV: The human condition. Topics range from genetics to language capacity to morality—and more. The papers are published in a supplementary issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, dated 11 May 2010.

Governor’s Award in the Humanities presented to Rita Elliott

Submitted by Tom Gresham (searcheo@aol.com)

RitaElliott_GovAward2010_CU.jpgUPDATE: new photos!
Rita Elliott, one of the most active, creative and energetic SGA members in recent memory, was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award in the Humanities at a banquet in downtown Atlanta on May 11, 2010. She was presented the award on stage by Governor Sonny Perdue’s special assistant and former DNR Commissioner Lonice Barrett, Georgia Humanities Council President Jamil Zainaldin, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman and former Congressman Jim Leach, and Humanities Awards Committee Chair Swann Seiler.

Moundville’s Archaeological Museum reopens

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Moundville_website_gorget_CU.jpgOn Saturday, May 16th, 2010, the Jones Archaeological Museum at the 320-acre Moundville Archaeological Park reopened after a two-year, $5 million renovation. The Moundville site is in Alabama, south of Tuscaloosa. Moundville is a multi-mound civic-ceremonial community dating to the Mississippian period.

Coastal Heritage Society blog records investigations of Revolutionary period sites in Savannah

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Savannah_Under_Fire_excavation_CU.jpgCoastal Heritage Society archaeologists, supported by the NPS American Battlefield Protection Program, are investigating Revolutionary War archaeological sites throughout downtown Savannah. Read about their activities in their recently established blog, “Savannah Under Fire.” The blog has frequent updates, sometimes more than once per week!

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.

Website makes tracking US congressional legislation easier

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

OpenCongress_CU.jpgWhat bills currently up before Federal Senate and House decision-makers deal with archaeological resources? While the text of bills is available online from THOMAS, a government website named after Thomas Jefferson, OpenCongress is a different website that offers significantly enhanced bill-tracking information. While the only version of OpenCongress is for the Federal government, versions for each state are under development. Read the full story to find out how you can check on bills related to, for example, “historical and cultural resources.”

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!

What’s new? thesga.org RSS feed!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

RSS_icon_100.jpgWhat’s the best way to find out what’s new at websites you visit regularly? Many savvy users employ a web technology called RSS that allows them to subscribe to a feed—a listing of the stories that have been added to a website, often in excerpt form. RSS is now set up on this website’s home page! Set up your thesga.org RSS feed now! Read on for details….

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!

2010 summer internship at Russell Cave

Campus to Careers is hiring an intern for its National Park Service Climate Change Internship Program at the Russell Cave National Monument, in northeast Alabama. This is a paid internship, lasting up to 12 weeks, working with archaeologist Sarah Sherwood assessing prehistoric climate conditions from soil samples. Online application information is in the full story.

1906 Antiquities Act provisions under discussion

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The 1906 Antiquities Act offers the President of the United States of America the authority to set aside lands the government owns as national monuments. The Act was intended to allow the President to preserve “antiquities” including “historical and prehistoric structures.” These resources were to be preserved for scientific and educational research. Some people object that this Act has been used with the intent to preserve natural areas rather than merely “antiquities.” In April 2010, representatives of over sixty organizations, including the 7000-plus member Society for American Archaeology, sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern over attempts to limit this Act.

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.

Slave-related court cases collected in online archive

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Eighteen years of research by history professor Loren Schweninger at the University of North Carolina—Greensboro has produced an online database is called the Digital Library on American Slavery. Data are drawn from court cases from across fifteen states, with over 1100 records from the state of Georgia.

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’.

March 2010 SAA Archaeological Record online

saa_logo_cuThe Society for American Archaeology recently announced that their newsletter, The SAA Archaeological Record, published five times each year, is available in a new format for reading online beginning with the 2010 issues, and also is downloadable. The March 2010 issue includes several articles that discuss the roles of women in the prehistoric North American archaeological record.

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.

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.

Rita Elliott to receive 2010 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

Long-time SGA member and past president Rita Elliott has been informed in a letter from Governor Sonny Perdue that she will be a recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award in the Humanities. The presentation ceremony will be held Tuesday May 11, 2010 at the Old Georgia Railroad Depot in Atlanta, beginning at 10:30 AM with a lecture. The awards luncheon will follow at noon. Ticket information is in the full story.

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!

What is NAGPRA?

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

NAGPRA stands for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. NAGPRA is a federal law. In March 2010, NAGPRA has been in the news three times….

EPEI tests possible Late Lamar Wolfskin phase farmsteads

Submitted by Phil Quirk (pquirk@edwards-pitman.com)

Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. recently tested seven prehistoric late Lamar (Mississippian) farmsteads in Oglethorpe County, finding post and pit features. This project provided a good opportunity to study a series of closely-grouped Wolfskin phase sites.

2010 Georgia Social Studies Fair archaeology prizes awarded

Submitted by Catherine Long (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

The Georgia Social Studies Fair was held Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Georgia. Catherine Long attended on behalf of the Society for Georgia Archaeology and the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists to present two awards of $50 in recognition of excellent projects that promote the study, preservation, and education of archaeology. Winners are 6th graders Jessica Anthony and Christina Moore. The full story includes photos of the winners.

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.

Archaeology blogs ranked

You might not agree with the order given, but some of the blogs in this list, “50 Best Blogs for Archaeology Students,” may interest you….

Georgia Southern University begins archaeological investigations at Magnolia Springs State Park

Submitted by Kevin Chapman (jchapma2@georgiasouthern.edu)

Archaeological investigations are underway at Camp Lawton in Magnolia Springs State Park near Millen. Ground penetrating radar conducted in December 2009 by the Lamar Institute revealed a possible location for the southwest corner of the prison stockade. Georgia Southern University has begun archaeology to “ground truth” the results of the GPR survey. The public will be invited to view the progress of the excavations at the Park on specific Saturdays each month.

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….

Read the GaPA blog to stay current on legislative news

Follow the GaPA blog to read up on the latest news about legislative sessions, budget proposals, etc. GaPA stands for Georgians for Preservation Action. GaPA coordinates historic preservation advocacy efforts within our state. The SGA leadership has often worked with GaPA, since our organizational goals overlap.

Mysteries of prehistoric turkey domestication

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Among the world’s major regions, ancient North America is not known for having many domesticated animals. In an article free online, Camilla F. Speller and her colleagues examined the DNA of modern and ancient turkeys and argue that there were at least two places were turkeys were domesticated: in Southern Mexico and a second time with Rio Grande/Eastern wild turkey populations. Read details in the full story.

Report on bison conservation summarizes bison “archaeology”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently released a report called American Bison: Status Survey and Conservation Guidelines 2010. The report discusses the current status of American bison (Bison bison). You may be interested in a discussion of the history of the bison that is included as background for the report’s focus on conserving the species and the ecological restoration necessary to accomplish that for this large herbivore.

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.

Travel on the web: Visit bartowdig.com

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

If you haven’t visited bartowdig.com recently (or ever!), now’s the time to do so! Read about the Leake Site, which is downstream of the Etowah Mounds and pre-dates it, and is on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 list of Places in Peril.

Changing tack: Restructuring at HPD

Submitted by Dr. David Crass, State Archaeologist (David.Crass@dnr.state.ga.us)

Dr. David Crass, Georgia’s State Archaeologist and new Historic Preservation Division Director, has reorganized HPD. He discusses the reorganization and its benefits in this article, published first in HPD’s Preservation Posts, February 2010.

FPAN provides teacher resources online

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The Florida legislature established the Florida Public Archaeology Project in part to do outreach. Among the materials they have posted online are books of hands-on archaeology activities for teachers. Although FPAN is oriented toward Florida, many of their activities can be used or adapted for use in Georgia classrooms. The books are free and downloadable.

Stallings Island stewardship is difficult, important

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The Archaeological Conservancy owns Stallings Island, and has partnered with the Augusta Archaeological Society to monitor and help protect this significant site, which is difficult to access and protect. Unfortunately, looters have returned. We all lose when our hidden heritage is destroyed and thus important information is lost.

Blog reviews thesga.org

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

In early February, 2010, the SGA’s website received a strongly positive review on a blog, Archaeology, Museums and Public Outreach. Outreach is difficult, and we’re happy to hear people find our website useful and informative.

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.

February 2010 news from AAS

The Augusta Archaeological Society’s February speaker will be Robert W. Benson. The meeting will be at the Flyin’ Cowboy Restaurant, 2821 Washington Road, Augusta, on Thursday February 4th, at 6:30 pm. Also, the February issue of the AAS newsletter, Debitage, is now available.

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!

SAA newsletter available via new reader

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

saa_logo_cuThe Society for American Archaeology recently announced that their newsletter, published five times each year, is available in a new format for reading online beginning with the 2010 issues, and also is downloadable.

Dju notice?

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Perhaps you watched Steve Jobs and other Apple people introduce the iPad on 27 January 2010…. Fans of archaeology might have noted that one of the major demonstrations, of the program Keynote, used the topic “Seven Wonders of the World,” which focused on selected archaeological sites. What does it mean that they chose an archaeological topic to punch their high-profile product introduction?

State Archaeologist Crass is new Director of HPD

State Archaeologist Dr. David Colin Crass is the new Director of the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the DNR announced on 27 January 2010. Dr. Crass came to Georgia HPD twelve years ago.

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.

Stiff fines for site looting handed down in Burke County

Submitted by Tom Gresham (searcheo@aol.com)

Burke County State Court Judge Jerry Daniel in January handed down heavy fines on four east Georgia men who pled guilty to multiple counts related to looting a Late Archaic, Stallings culture shell midden site on the Ogeechee River in southern Burke County. The four men were apprehended on private land by Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger First Class Jeff Billips and Ranger First Class Grant Matherly in late September 2009.

Obituary notice: Frank T. Schnell

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Frank T. Schnell, a Columbus native and long-time SGA member, died Monday, 18 January 2010 after he fell from a ladder. He is survived by his wife, Gail, who also is an SGA member.

Road Trip: Bartow History Museum, Cartersville

Submitted by Amanda Brown (AmandaB@bartowhistorymuseum.org)

The Bartow History Museum in downtown Cartersville invites you to visit! The Museum has interactive exhibits and also hosts monthly lectures. Road trip: combine a trip to the Etowah Mounds and a visit to this Museum!

New radiocarbon calibration curve: IntCal09

An international working group called INTCAL has announced an updated radiocarbon calibration curve based on cross-checking thousands of tree-ring samples with raw radiocarbon dates. The new curve is available online.

Free lecture, pottery washing event, January 14th

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

Back by popular demand, the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will hold a prehistoric pottery washing and seminar on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at New Echota Historic Site located near Calhoun, Georgia. The meeting will begin at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend the program and meeting.

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.

Arrows or spears?

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

The Human Spark is a three-part series investigating the topic of human uniqueness hosted by Alan Alda. One of the interviewees, Dr. Veronica Waweru, discusses the pros and cons of arrow and spear use, along with other interesting topics, in a blog entry associated with the program’s web pages.

Federal historic preservation grants announced

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

In mid-December 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service is awarding $46.5 million in historic preservation grants to 59 states and U.S. territories. However, nine states will receive more than $1 million each, leaving just under $35 million for the other states and non-states. Georgia’s piece of this historic preservation pie? Read the full story for more details.

New metal artifact preservation method explored

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

On 27 December 2009, the online version of Charleston’s Post and Courier published a fascinating story by Tony Bartelme titled “Research on Hunley spurs new discoveries.” The new discoveries relate to faster methods for preserving metal artifacts, like the H.L. Hunley Confederate Civil War submarine, which sunk near Charleston in February 1864.

Leake Site update, 2009

Submitted by Scot Keith (asymmie@yahoo.com)

Leake_1938_aerial_CUArchaeologist Scot Keith reports on the Leake site, which is west of Cartersville in Bartow County not far from the Etowah Mounds site, and partly within the right-of-way of Highways 61/113. The site has been named to the 2010 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Places in Peril listing, which will aid Keith and others to raise money to protect the remaining portions of this important Woodland and Mississippian site. The full story includes excellent aerial photographs.

Fall-Winter 2009 issue of The Profile downloadable

profilecuDownload number 143, the Fall-Winter 2009 issue of The Profile, the newsletter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, by going to the full story.

Fall Meeting Report, 2009

Submitted by Catherine Long (Catherine.Long@gwinnettcounty.com)

sga_logo_cu The SGA Fall Meeting was held at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center on Saturday, October 17th in Buford, with a great panel of presentations. During the Business Meeting, members learned the SGA is seeking volunteers for two important positions: Society Secretary and Editor of The Profile. Please read the full story and let President Dennis Blanton know your thoughts regarding The Profile publication—web only versus a costlier “dead-tree” version.

Your chance to help South Carolina archaeologists

carolina_slate_belt_CUThe Savannah River Archaeological Research Program is seeking information about prehistoric metavolcanic stone quarries in the Carolina Slate Belt Region in South Carolina. As this map shows, the Carolina Slate Belt Region is prominent in the Carolinas, and extends southward into Georgia.

AAS December newsletter now available

AAS_Debitage_CUThe Augusta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, publishes a newsletter called The Debitage. The December 2009 issue is now available as a PDF.

SGA members discuss Civil War research techniques

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

AJC_civil_war_sharps_bulletA recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article by Cameron McWhirter discusses the application of modern technologies to Civil War archaeological sites in the Atlanta area. Most of the article stems from an interview with SGA member Garrett Silliman, and also mentions SGA member Dan Elliott.

ArchaeoBus visits Glynn County school

pottery_being_sorted The online version of Jacksonville’s The Florida Times-Union published a story on the Society’s own ArchaeoBus on 24 November 2009. Elementary school students sort pottery in this photo by Terry Dickson. Read the full story by clicking [More] below.

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.

Have a drink in a “new” eighteenth century coffeehouse

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

willamsburg_coffeehouse_CUIf you want to have coffee in an historic eighteenth century coffeehouse, you can now do so! The drinks that are offered are tea, chocolate, and, of course, coffee!

R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse at Colonial Williamsburg is a new building now open for business!

What’s up with…2012?

Whats_up_with_2012_CUYou’ve been hearing about the end of the world in 2012? Read the real dirt here!

CLUE: NOT!

How can understanding the past help us with…global food production?

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

AAA_website_CUWhat insights into our current agricultural and food production dilemmas can we get from prehistoric Native American practices? Check out David J. Minderhout and Andrea T. Franz’s article, “Native American Horticulture in the Northeast,” discussed here.

Leake Site on Georgia Trust’s 2010 Places in Peril list

ga_trust_cuOn November 4th 2009, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced its list of Georgia’s top ten Places in Peril, which includes the Leake Archaeological Site, a rich Middle Woodland and Late Mississippian-period prehistoric settlement on the outskirts of Cartersville. Scot Keith, an archaeologist who lead recent excavations at the Leake Site, notes, “with help from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and numerous volunteers, we will be conducting many activities in the next year (and beyond) to foster public awareness of the site and its important place in history. This will include public education days at the site, community meetings, interviews, articles, partnerships and grants, research and fieldwork, and regular website updates.”

The ArchaeoBus is Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUGeorgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom—the ArchaeoBus—provides hands-on and minds-on activities to enthuse your students about learning. Archaeology is a great tool for turning on the minds of students, as well as a great motivational tool. More important, it is a discipline capable of instruction in a wide variety of skills. Archaeology is a holistic academic and intellectual approach that involves all subject areas, social skills, and conceptual skills. Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom offers the opportunity for students and teachers to leave the traditional four-walled classroom and use a new approach to learn state standards!

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.

Work Day at Fort Daniel, Saturday, November 14th

GARS_logo_CUThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society will be having work day at Fort Daniel this Saturday, November 14, weather permitting, beginning about 9:30 am.

November issue of Atlanta Antiquity now downloadable

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

Iraq archaeological sites mapped by Sergeant in his spare time

Iraq_terrain_Google_Earth_CUSgt. Ronald Peters, a geospatial analyst whose hometown is Fort Lewis, Washington, with Multi-National Corps – Iraq C-7, has been mapping the archaeological sites of Iraq in his spare time.

HPD offices moving; new address after November 1st

hpd_logo_circularThe Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources is moving back into state offices at the end of this month. As a result, the office will have limited service on October 26-27, will be closed October 28 through November 3rd, and will have limited service November 4-6.

September and October issues of Atlanta Antiquity available

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

AAS October 2009 newsletter, The Debitage

The Augusta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, publishes a newsletter called The Debitage. The October 2009 issue is now available as a PDF.

Lecture on De Soto at Fernbank, November 1st

Fernbank_DeSoto_lecture_CUThe Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta announces a lecture by SGA President and Fernbank Curator of Native American Archaeology Dennis Blanton, to be held on Sunday, November 1st, at 4 pm. The lecture is titled “De Soto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence in Georgia.”

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.

“Preserving Georgia’s Historic Cemeteries”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

cemetery_marker_GA_cuThe Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has a downloadable sixteen-page booklet dated November 2007, titled Preserving Georgia’s Historic Cemeteries that you may find interesting.

Preservation license tag sales fund four SFY 2010 grants

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammysmith@thesga.org)

Preserv_GA_Online_CUPreservation Georgia Online for September 12–18, 2009, lists the four grants funded through statewide preservation license tag sales. The four SFY 2010 Georgia Heritage Grants total $46,285.

Merchant trading network burials threatened

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Bahrain_CU_Google_EarthQuick: where in the world is the largest concentration of Bronze Age graves?

Can’t you just guess that they might be threatened by development?

Read on….

Useful links from Digital Library of Georgia

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

DLG_logo_CUThe Digital Library of Georgia website includes a page of links titled “Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842″ that you may find useful. Links include the official websites of Southeastern tribes, and some museums, archives, and libraries, etc.

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.

New Acheulean hand-axe dates from Spain

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Iberia_Pen_GoogleEarthResearchers have new geomagnetic dates for Achulean-style hand axes from two sites in Spain that indicate earlier use of those tools in Europe than previously known. Earlier dates were known for Africa and Asia, until this report. The question, then, is: did the tool-makers arrive from the south (from Africa directly) or from the east (following around the Mediterranean Sea).

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.

Atlanta Antiquity for July and August

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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

Touring the coast: Tybee Island Lighthouse

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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National Geographic Traveler has highlighted fifty “Drives of a Lifetime.” A route along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts is one of the trips discussed. Several small detours would take you to enjoyable historic places like the Tybee Island lighthouse.

Summer fieldwork at Poverty Point dates enigmatic buried features

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Poverty_Pt_satellite_CUA crew of students lead by Diana Greenlee of the Department of Geosciences at University of Louisiana at Monroe tested buried circles in the plaza area of the famous Poverty Point site in northeast Louisiana this summer and was able to date the features they tested. This important civic-ceremonial site dates to the Terminal Archaic and is open to the public.

Meeting about state budget reductions: August 11th

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

rhodes_hall_CUMembers of the SGA may be interested in attending a meeting discussing the latest budget reductions to Georgia State Historic Sites. The meeting will be on Tuesday, August 11th, at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation offices at Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM.

Savannah’s Revolutionary War battle detailed

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

savannah_under_fire_CUThe Coastal Heritage Society of Savannah has been sponsoring archaeological research on Revolutionary War archaeological sites across the city as part of the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (your tax dollars at work!). The report of this highly successful research is now complete, and available as a downloadable PDF.

One more archaeological mystery solved…

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Herodium_GoogleEarth_CUThe July 2009 issue of the Smithsonian magazine has an article by Barbara Krieger that details the research lead by Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University at the hilltop fortress palace that the Biblical King Herod built to eventually house his mausoleum. The exact location of his burial place, however, become lost to history, and remained an archaeological mystery until 2007.

SAA concerned about proposed Arizona land swap

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

saa_logo_cuThe Society for American Archaeology, a national organization with over 7000 members, is concerned about Senate Bill 409, which would swap some federal lands for other property. The SAA is concerned about the loss of protections to archaeological sites on the lands that will pass out of federal ownership.

Etowah hours reduced, nighttime tour planned

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Etowah_md_in_winter_CUThe famous Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, just south of Cartersville, is now only open Thursdays through Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm. On Saturday, the 3rd of October, however, you can join a special evening walking tour of the site by torchlight.

Online Athens reports on success of ArchaeoBus

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

online_athens_CURyan Blackburn, of Online Athens, the online version of the Athens Banner-Herald, has written a glowing article about the SGA’s own ArchaeoBus! (picture from Online Athens)

Read about a real archaeology project

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Fernbank_blog_09_CULaboratory work is now underway at Fernbank Museum, lead by SGA President Dennis Blanton, wearing his day-job hat as Curator of Native American Archaeology. Summer 2009 was the fourth season of fieldwork he’s lead at a South Georgia site that’s produced early Spanish artifacts, including glass beads.

The Encyclopedia of Life plans to catalog all species

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

EOL_slash_pine_CUIf you find yourself curious about a particular species, be it plant, animal, or even fungi, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, or virus, visit the Encyclopedia of Life website. This ambitious website plans to list all estimated 1.8 million species on Earth by 2017. You can even contribute information, including pictures, and class projects using the website are encouraged.

An update on the Archaic period across North America

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.edu)

SAA_magazine_logo_cuThe Society for American Archaeology has 7000-plus members, and is “an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas.” PDFs of back issues of the Society’s magazine The SAA Archaeological Record are available for free, except for the latest issue. You may enjoy perusing them. In particular, the November 2008 issue is recommended; it has a series of articles on our current understanding of the Archaic period in North America.

“Archaeology from Reel to Real”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

IJ_reel_to_real_CUWanna read about how “real archaeologists” compare what they do with what Indiana Jones does? The National Science Foundation (your tax dollars at work) funds archaeological projects, and the present an online “report” discussing what archaeologists the NSF has funded really do—in contrast to the behavior of Dr. Jones in the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas movies.

Identifying and dating glass bottles

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

bottlegroup_CUGlass bottles are quite common on historic sites, and we can often find interesting specimens at flea markets or in antique stores. This website, sponsored by the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Bureau of Land Management, provides detailed information about bottles made in the USA (and some from Canada) between about 1800 through the 1950s.

Online e-newsletter Heritage News available from National Park Service

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Fed_DOI_logo_CUHeritage News is a monthly e-newsletter published by the National Park Service that delivers timely information on national heritage topics including grant opportunities, new laws or policies, events, and activities of interest. The July issue notes that a 1929 house in Dawsonville was listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places in May 2009. The house was owned by a moonshiner who built his still right in the house.

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.”

Road trip: Augusta’s Springfield community

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Springfield_Baptist_Goo_CUNext time you’re in Augusta, go downtown and visit the Springfield community. Springfield community is just west of the original downtown Augusta, right on the river. The community was a free African American community established around the time of the Revolutionary War. The heart of the community was and is Springfield Baptist Church, which was probably established between 1787 and 1793.

First issue of the new all-electronic Profile is in production!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

profilecuLarissa Thomas, editor of The Profile, is working on the newest issue, which will appear here, on this website, when finished.

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!

Early Cherokee syllabary symbols found in cave

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

cherokee_symbolsEvery once in a while news about the archaeology of southeastern North America is reported in mainstream publications. In June, the New York Times includes a report on carvings found on the wall of a cave in southeast Kentucky which may be an extremely early version of Sequoyah’s Cherokee syllabary. The final syllabary had 85 characters, each representing a syllable.

Proposed increased funding for NSF budget under review

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Pres_white_house_logo_CUMany academic archaeological research projects are funded at least in part by the National Science Foundation. President Obama has made it an administration priority to as part of his Plan for Science and Innovation to double funding to key research agencies over the next decade. The House of Representatives in turn has proposed a reduction in the President’s proposed increase for FY 2010 for NSF.

Learn about Georgia’s prehistoric pottery online

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.edu)

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To explore and learn about the decorations used on prehistoric pottery from Georgia, visit the University of Georgia’s website on Georgia Indian ceramics. The helpful website has pictures, discussions, and full bibliographic citations for pertinent literature.

NPS website lists Federal laws pertaining to archaeology

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.edu)

nps_dot_gov_cuThe National Park Service website offers a list of laws and regulations pertaining to our nation’s cultural heritage on its website, along with links to the complete texts of the legislation. Perhaps most historically important is the Antiquities Act of 1906, which has been amended once and protects historic and prehistoric antiquities on Federal lands. Another important one is Executive Order 11593, signed in 1971, which charged the Department of the Interior with leading historic preservation activities for the nation.

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.

The (electronic) Profile is coming!

Submitted by Jack the Badger (jtmfwynn@windstream.net)

profilecuPlease send your contributions to Larissa Thomas by Monday, June 15th for inclusion in your first all-electronic issue of The Profile! Dr. Thomas is interested in having articles from everyone, so we will continue to have a well-rounded picture of archaeological research and activities across the state, by everyone involved. We’d like to have articles from high in the mountains, inside and outside I-285, the Georgia Fall Line, from the ’skeeter-bit Big Bend, and down along the coast, wherever archaeology is going on in the state.

Announcing a summer 2009 field project blog

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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Dennis Blanton is blogging about his current field project, excavations in south Georgia. This informative blog constitutes a diary of on-going investigations at the site in Telfair County, in south Georgia….

HPD initiates monthly e-journal

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division has released the first “issue” of a new monthly on-line publication called Preservation Posts, with articles on HPD activities, in more depth than are reported in their weekly newsletter, Preservation Georgia Online. Read staff profiles, National Register news, and about other interesting topics.

June Atlanta Antiquity available

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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

Atlanta past and present: Terminus 2.0

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

atl_mag_cuRebecca Burns writes a lively and informative blog on Atlanta called Terminus 2.0. Terminus is one of Atlanta’s old names, and her blog is about the history of the city. Plus, Ms. Burns’s blogroll includes a link to thesga.org! Thanks, Ms. Burns!

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.

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.

President Blanton honored by HPD

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

2009_hpd_preserv_awds_cuSGA President Dennis Blanton has received a Preservation Achievement Award from the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, honoring him for his success in bringing one of Georgia’s few existing Native American dugout canoes to Fernbank Museum, among his many other activities that promote archaeology in Georgia. Kudos to President Blanton!

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.

Who made the “LACLEDE KING” brick: The answer

Submitted by Dick Brunelle (rfbdick@yahoo.com)

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

Press reports on GARS Archaeology Month Event

gdn_child_trowelThe Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, together with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, hosted an Archaeology Month function at Fort Daniel on Saturday, 2 May, called the Frontier Fort Faire and Public Archaeology Event, which was covered by Heath Hamacher, of the Gwinnett Daily News.

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

may_arch_mo_cuPlease enjoy Archaeology Month in Georgia. Attend the Society’s semi-annual meeting on May 16th and 17th at Wesleyan College in Macon ($10 per person). You may also want to attend another event, as many are held around the state!

Volunteers give SGA a high profile at SAAs

m_marquis_atl_bldg_cuOn behalf of the Society, President Blanton thanks the many volunteers who worked hard to set up, take down, and staff the SGA table at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting in downtown Atlanta in late April. The table and display were open for several days, and it took the contributions of many people to make this happen. Thanks to all!

Are Georgia parks underfunded in NPS budget?

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

0point33percent_cuThe National Park Service is scheduled to receive $750 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be spent on parks across the country. Georgia’s parks are to receive just under $2.5 million, or approximately 0.33% of the total budget, and far below one-fiftieth of the total budget. How do you feel about this?

Georgia wins SAA Poster award

poster_award_saa_2008_cuNEWS FLASH: Georgia’s 2008 “Archaeological Encounters in Georgia’s Spanish Period” poster wins Society for American Archaeology annual Archaeology Month Poster Award on April 24th!

May is Historic Preservation Month in Georgia

ga_trust_cuIn Georgia, by proclamation by Governor Sonny Perdue, May is both Archaeology Month and Historic Preservation Month. Celebratory and educational events are scheduled around the state, including a series of lectures at Rhodes Hall, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s office in Atlanta.

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!

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.

Read the text of William Bartram’s 1791 Travels…

bartram_frontispiece_cuRead William Bartram’s Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians, published in 1791, right here on the internet. You will miss the experience of turning aging pages, but you can read every word, and see some pictures, too!

World Digital Library goes live

dutch_engraving_cuThe World Digital Library is now online. UNESCO has spearheaded this collective effort to make precious documents of all kinds from cultures around the world available in digital form to all who have internet access. The site launched with content from libraries and other cultural institutions across the globe—contributions from 26 institutions in 19 countries. The picture is from the frontispiece of a Dutch-published book about the New World and Australia dated 1671.

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.

2009 Lesson Plan now available

house_miss_frameFor each of the last twelve years, the SGA has produced a Lesson Plan in coordination with Archaeology Month. This year’s Lesson Plan, called Learning through Archaeology: Etowah Indian Mounds, is now available. It coordinates with the theme of our 2009 Archaeology Month meeting, Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia. Our Spring Meeting will be held May 16th and 17th at Wesleyan College in Macon.

Federal Omnibus Appropriations Act funds some archaeology

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

point12percent_cuThe Federal Omnibus Appropriations Act, which funds departments, agencies, and programs not funded through the regular appropriations process for FY2009, includes funding for some archaeological and historical programs and endeavors. The major allocations, listed in the full story, total nearly $500 million.

Nominations open for 2010 Places in Peril

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

metcalf_store_cuThe Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is soliciting nominations to its 2010 Places in Peril list. Selected properties will receive matching grants and advice in improving the properties’ preservation plans. Fort Daniel was on the 2009 list, and efforts there escalated after it was selected. Read the full story for qualifications and the link to the nomination form.

Your support made the difference!

ty_cuGeorgians for Preservation Action report that the archaeology allocation in the final state budget includes the $100,000 that was in the Senate version, plus two positions that had been cut. This compares to a previous budget of over $279,000. HPD now has to decide which missions can still be accomplished on this severely reduced budget.

Concern over Georgia budget has national scope

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

saa_logo_cuThe Society for American Archaeology, a national organization, sent a letter of concern about major cuts to the state’s archaeology program to Georgia’s Republican and Democratic leaders during budget negotiations at the end of March.

Preservation 101 orientation

dnr_101_cuOn Tuesday May 5th, Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division and the Georgia Trust are offering an all-day orientation session on the programs and services offered by the two organizations. Cost is $30 per person, which covers program materials, continental breakfast, and the afternoon break, and the orientation will be held in downtown Atlanta. The full story has the agenda and a link to the registration form.

Governor signs 2009 Archaeology Month proclamation

2009gov_archmo_cuOn Thursday, 2 April, Governor Sonny Perdue proclaimed May Archaeology Month for 2009. Part of the proclamation states “Whereas: The study, interpretation and preservation of our archaeological sites offer important educational, cultural and economic benefits to all Georgians….” Read the full story and download a PDF of the proclamation by clicking [More] below.

New Friends of Scull Shoals newsletter

scull_window_cuCheck out this story to download the latest newsletter by the Friends of Scull Shoals. There’s also a link to their website. The Friends are sponsoring a Spring Crafts and Tours Festival from 10 am until 4 pm on 2 May. The Scull Shoals area is between Athens and Greensboro, east of Atlanta, in the Oconee National Forest.

GSU students get experience at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

oakland_cem_excav_cuGeorgia State students got real-world experience in salvage archaeology and historic preservation projects under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Glover when they worked recently in Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. The March 2008 tornado tipped over trees, bringing up soil and potentially disturbing human remains. Students used archaeological field techniques to examine this disturbed soil.

2009 State Social Studies Fair winners

09_soc_sci_sr_cuThe 2009 State Social Studies Fair winners in archaeology are Destiny Jackson, with her project entitled “What Archaeological Remains Did King Tut Leave Behind?” and eighth grader Jack Doresky, whose project was titled “Southeastern US Indian Removal.” Each winner received a $50 check and educational materials from the SGA and the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists. Read the full story for details and photos.

Full Senate will vote on April 1 on budget that eviscerates archaeology program

ga_state_logoThe Senate Appropriations committee has only $50,000 total in the archaeology budget, not even enough to fund a single position. This means Federal and state projects will be delayed in the Historic Preservation Office, and that DNR will have to hire consultants in order to comply with State and Federal laws. Click [More] below to read the details.

HPD’s Preservation Georgia now online-only

preserv_ga_onlineYou may be interested in subscribing to the Historic Preservation Division’s Preservation Georgia Online newsletter, to keep up with news and events around the state relevant to archaeology and historic preservation, including grant programs and National Register news. If you’re not already a subscriber, you might want to give it a try—it’s free!

Archaeology cut from House budget

dialing_queryLate on the afternoon of March 24, Georgians for Preservation Action reported that the Georgia House budget for SFY 2010 cuts over $279,000 in funding for the Historic Preservation Division, effectively gutting the state’s archaeology program. In a followup email on the 26th, the group reported that they could not determine the reason for the cuts.

Hynes “runs” research project in Egypt

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

Online news archive…

sga_logo_cuThe complete archive of online news on various topics in archaeology is here, listed in reverse order of publication on this website. If, instead, you are interested in an archive of notices about the business of the Society (e.g., preparations for meetings), click here.