Online news and research

While much of the Georgia archaeology news SGA members might be interested in is published in The Profile, we also publish breaking stories and other information here on the website. These stories are categorized in this section.

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Georgia Archaeology Month 2017 Display at Oldest Visitor Center in the State

If you are traveling near Sylvania, Georgia, stop in and see the Georgia Archaeology Month 2017 display at the oldest Visitor Information Center in the state. The center is located at 8463 Burton’s Ferry Hwy. (also known as U.S. 301) and is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will be greeted […]

Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society February Newsletter

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

Call for student papers or posters, Fall 2015 SGA meeting

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

Back issues of Early Georgia available for order or free download!

As you know, membership in SGA includes current issues of Early Georgia, a longstanding twice-yearly publication of the Society that serves as Georgia’s premier archaeology journal. But what about all those great past issues that were mailed out before you joined? Don’t miss out, back issues are available! A complete listing of past issues, their […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ASSC Annual Meeting and second call for papers

Submitted by Jon Leader (leader@sc.edu)

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

AAS February meeting speaker: Scot Keith

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

At their February meeting, Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society members will hear a presentation by Scot Keith about the Leake Site, a primarily Middle Woodland mound and village site, which is near Cartersville and the Etowah Mounds. The meeting is Tuesday, February 9th. The presentation begins at 7:30, and Scot will have some artifacts you can look at if you arrive early!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.