The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s flagship publication is the journal Early Georgia, which has been published for decades. Each year has a single volume, and recently, that volume has had two numbers or separate issues.

Submission deadlines are: Spring Issue Peer Review: October 1
Spring Issue Non-Peer Review: November 1
Fall Issue Peer Review: March 1
Fall Issue Non-Peer Review: April 1

Supplementary material for more recent Early Georgia issues have been provided as downloadable Acrobat PDF files. They are listed here.

We have many back issues of Early Georgia available. Read/download the list by clicking here.

In 2001, the Society published a volume of Early Georgia entitled “Resources at Risk: Defending Georgia’s Hidden Heritage.” It contains seven articles that work in concert as an overview of the besieged state of archaeological preservation in Georgia. Click here to read more about this Special Issue and to download it as a PDF.

Teachers might be especially interested the 1992 issue of Early Georgia called ‚“Archaeology in the Classroom: By Teachers for Teachers—Used Archaeology: Practical Classroom Ideas for Teachers by Teachers.” Click here for more information and a link to download a PDF of the issue.

One knotty topic in Georgia archaeology, and elsewhere, is interpretation of rock piles. Thomas H. Gresham authored ‚“Historic Patterns of Rock Piling and the Rock Pile Problems” for the 1990 issue of Early Georgia. Click here to read more about that article, and to download a PDF of it.

Join the Society for Georgia Archaeology and receive our journal Early Georgia as part of your membership dues. Click here to join!

There are 18 articles in this category. Each excerpt below links to the full article (click on the article headline or the 'Click here to read' link!)

Call for Short Reports for the Fall 2017 volume of Early Georgia

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is looking for Short Reports for the Fall 2017 volume of Early Georgia!! Reports may be more technical, address a specific topic, and be of primary interest to relatively fewer readers. Reports can include project summaries, updates on ongoing field research, or preliminary findings (great for people returning from the […]

Early Georgia wants you!

Early Georgia Book Review Editor Maureen Meyers needs contributors to the Book Review section.

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 […]

Update from the editor of Early Georgia

Submitted by Jared Wood, editor of Early Georgia

Early_Georgia_logo_B_W_100_high.jpgGreetings SGA members and readers of Early Georgia! A brief update on the status of our forthcoming journal; we are in the final stages of production for the Spring 2014 issue. Read on to learn more!

Early Georgia 41(2), Fall 2013

Submitted by M. Jared Wood (

Here is the supplemental material for the Fall 2013 issue of Early Georgia (Volume 41, number 2), each as a downloadable Acrobat PDF file.

Early Georgia issue scheduling

Submitted by M. Jared Wood (

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.

August Board Meeting: In detail

Submitted by Catherine Long (

Catherine Long, President of the SGA, details the topics discussed at the Summer Board Meeting, held Friday, August 17th at South Georgia College in Douglas. Read the full story to learn about upcoming events you can attend, and some ways you can help the SGA. One exciting new plan is to publish color photographs on the website in conjunction with articles in Early Georgia.

Snacking in Middle Woodland times: plant foods

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

Back in Middle Woodland times, there was no McDonalds, no Starbucks, and no drive-up windows. Middle Woodland times date to roughly 2000 years ago and more, so the lack of convenience food stores is not surprising. This leaves us with the question: just what did the people of Georgia eat back then? In a recent Early Georgia article “Middle Woodland Gardening in the Etowah River Valley, Northwest Georgia” (2011, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 119–136), Leslie E. Branch-Raymer and Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund discuss plant foods people ate back in those times. Follow the link to learn more….

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 (

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.

Introduction: New Editor, Early Georgia

Submitted by Jared Wood (

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!

Learning from the past: where people lived changed over time

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

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

Contents of Early Georgia now listed online

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

Archaeology and chronology

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

Early Georgia logo B W 100 highArchaeologists seek to understand past ways of life. The science of archaeology is about far more than objects (aka artifacts, including arrowheads, pottery, metal scraps, and the like)—and it’s definitely not about finding treasure. Read more about the goals of archaeologists in the full story.

Back issues available

A limited number of printed copies of past issues of Early Georgia are available for order. The full story includes a downloadable order form, and a downloadable list of the contents of all issues.

Loss of Georgia’s archaeological heritage detailed

Site Loss in Georgia is a special issue of Early Georgia, published in Spring 2005. The first article, “When the Past is Destroyed: Loss of Archaeological Sites Due to Urbanization,” by Stephen Kowalewski, evaluates the state of preservation of Georgia’s archaeological sites. Here, for the first time, objective lines of evidence useful in assessing the […]

Resources at Risk

Resources at Risk: Defending Georgia’s Hidden Heritage is a special issue of Early Georgia, published in May 2001. The goals of this issue were 1) to expand public perception of what archaeology is and what archaeologists do; 2) to call attention to the urgent need for the preservation and stewardship of archaeological resources, or at […]

Archaeology in the Classroom

Long-time SGA member Rita Elliott edited this 1992 special issue of Early Georgia; its full title is ‚“Archaeology in the Classroom: By Teachers for Teachers—Used Archaeology: Practical Classroom Ideas for Teachers by Teachers.” Notes Ms. Elliott in the Foreward: Welcome to a new partnership. The past decade has seen a growing relationship between the world […]