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2017 Archaeology Month Events

Join us as we celebrate Georgia Archaeology Month throughout the month of May! Thanks to the hard work of Society for Georgia Archaeology members across the state, the month of May is packed with exciting events for you to attend! The Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will be held May 18-20th in Madison.  Ocmulgee National […]

The SGA Spring 2017 Meeting Announcement and Registration

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

Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society March Newsletter

The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society has recently released its March newsletter- Atlanta Antiquities Vol 5 No 3 March 2017.  The newsletter contains information about the March guest speaker, Scott Jones, prehistoric technologies expert,  who will present on lithic resources in Georgia and perform a flintknapping demonstration.  Also included in this month’s newsletter is information on […]

ArchaeoBus contact updated

Abby The ArchaeoBus is Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom! The contact for the ArchaeoBus has been updated. This post contains a link to email the Archaeobus staff and bring Abby to your future event!

Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society February Newsletter

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

SGA Fall 2016 Meeting

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

October 15, 2016

ArchaeoBus diary 2016 10 15, 2016 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus enjoys being visited by over 8,000 people at CoastFest and evades Hurricane Matthew. Read more to learn about how Abby is gearing up for a Celebration of Archaeology in Athens, Georgia during the annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

ATTENTION LOVERS OF GEORGIA ARCHAEOLOGY!

There is new proposed legislation that would seek to bypass Georgia laws in place to locate, study, and protect archaeological and other natural resources. The Senate needs to hear from concerned citizens so read the statement that has been been sent to the Senate Transportation Committee members:

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.

Spring Meeting Information

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

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 is now accepting electronic payments via Square®

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

Call for Papers for the SGA Spring 2015 Meeting

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

October 28th, 2014

ArchaeoBus diary 2014 10 28, 2014 CU…in which Abby the ArchaeoBus travels through a storm and attends the 20th Annual CoastFest in Brunswick, meeting old and new friends who help to teach people how fun and exciting archaeology can be.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Events abound for Archaeology Month 2013

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

Register online for the Spring Meeting

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

Governor’s Award in the Humanities presented to Rita Elliott

Submitted by Tom Gresham (searcheo@aol.com)

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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.

Board meets May 14th, Albany

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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

Packaging day for the Archaeology Month 2010 posters

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

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

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!

Spring 2010 meeting housing information

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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….

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Spring 2009 Meeting a grand success!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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

Next SGA Board Meeting scheduled

sga_logo_cuThe next SGA Board Meeting will be at 3 pm on Friday, May 15th, in Taylor 110, a classroom at Wesleyan College in Macon.

Attend first ArchaeoBus event—the unveiling!

archaeobus_photo_cuYou are invited to attend the unveiling of the SGA’s latest big project, the ArchaeoBus, our new mobile archaeology classroom! Door prizes! Refreshments! An interactive kazoo event! After the “christening” you can tour the ArchaeoBus and see the exhibits inside! Mark your calendar, and come to Macon on May 16th!

Attend the SGA Spring Meeting!

sga_logo_cuMake plans NOW to attend the SGA meeting May 16th and 17th in Macon. On Saturday, we’ll enjoy presentations on the theme Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia at the Anderson Amphitheater in the Taylor Building on the campus of Wesleyan College. For those who stay over, on Sunday there’ll be a walking tour of the Lamar Mounds site south of Macon.

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.

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.

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.