The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s flagship publication is the journal Early Georgia, which has been published for decades. The annual journal is a benefit of SGA membership and publishes archaeological research, methods, and theory from throughout Georgia and the surrounding region.

Each year the journal has a single volume, published in the Fall. Submission deadlines for publication are:
REPORTS: July 31
BOOK REVIEWS: September 1

Although most contributors and reviewers are members of the society, membership is not required to submit manuscripts for publication in Early Georgia. Scholarship and pertinence are the determining factors in selecting contributions for publication in SGA’s journal.

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!)

Submission Guidelines for Early Georgia

ARTICLES are usually longer than REPORTS and address topics of major importance in a way that reaches out to a broad audience of professional archaeologists and the informed public. REPORTS, on the other hand, may be more technical, address a specific topic, and be of primary interest to relatively fewer readers. REPORTS can include project […]

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….

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 […]