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Register for the 2017 Fall Meeting

The SGA 2017 Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 14 in Lawrenceville. Come see papers on recent work in Georgia by SGA Chapters, members, CRM professionals, and academic and student archaeologists! The meeting starts at 8:30 at the Gwinnett Technical College, located at 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA, 30043.Click here for event and registration details!

2017 Georgia Student Archaeological Research Grants Offered

The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA), Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists (GCPA), and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are sponsoring student research grants for 2017. These research grants are competitive awards given to support undergraduate and graduate student research that focuses on the archaeology of Georgia. This is the third year of these awards. […]

2017 Archaeology Month Proclamation

On Thursday, May 25, 2017 SGA members Bryan Tucker, Kate Deeley, Laura Kate Schnitzer, and Mary Trudeau met with Governor Nathan Deal for the signing of the proclamation declaring May as Archaeology Month in Georgia. Left to Right: Bryan Tucker, Kate Deeley, Governor Deal, Laura Kate Schnitzer, and Mary Trudeau Click here to download a PDF of […]

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

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

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!

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 […]

Get Your Copy of the 2017 Lesson Plan

The Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents the 2017 Lesson Plan. It is the twentieth in SGA’s series of Archaeology Month-themed lesson plans, and it offers teachers and students alike lots of information, instruction, pictures, discussions, activities, and suggestions for additional reading and online resources to coincide with this year’s archaeology month theme. The theme chosen […]

2017 Archaeology Month Poster

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia! The theme of both Archaeology Month and of the Spring Meeting is “Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.” The meeting in Savannah will focus on the Civil War in Georgia and will spotlight the recent raising of the CSS Georgia and ongoing preservation […]

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 […]

The next Blue Ridge Archaeological Guild (B.R.A.G.) meeting is February 8 in Dahlonega

Dr. Glover B.R.A.G is a SGA chapter in north Georgia. At their next meeting, Dr. Glover, an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department of Georgia State University, is going to speak on “Exploring the hidden coast of the maritime Maya with investigations of the ancient port sites of Vista Alegre and Conil off the Yucatan peninsula.” Read the announcement for more details .

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.

August 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days and field day opportunities.

June 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Archaeology events and meetings are taking place in Macon, Dahlonega, and Sautee-Nacoochee near Helen, GA. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days and field day opportunities.

April 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Local chapter meetings are taking place in Macon, Atlanta, Dahlonega, Buford, and Augusta in the coming weeks. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology and upcoming events, including hands on activities like artifact ID days, archaeological lab instruction, and field day opportunities.

Spread the Word, Save Our Sites

sga_logo_cuHelp Protect Archaeological Sites in Georgia! The public needs to share its concerns with the media and elected officials by contacting members in the House of Representatives and sharing the press release with your local news outlets. There are only 10 days left in the session to defeat this bill. Posted online on March 2nd, 2016. Click here to read the full article.

March 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Local chapter meetings are taking place in Atlanta, Cartersville, Dahlonega, and Buford in the coming weeks. Read more about how to attend lectures and learn about archaeology. Also be sure to tell everyone to contact their house representatives to share concerns about Senate Bill 346.

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:

February 2016 Archaeology Events

SGA_logo_web_100 Take a look at some of the events taking place this month across the state. Local chapter meetings are taking place in Atlanta, Dahlonega, and Macon this week and in Buford next week. A three day event is scheduled for February 18-20 in Savannah for the Ossabaw Island Foundation Symposium.

SGA Fall Meeting Schedule

The Society for Georgia Archaeology will hold the 2015 Fall Meeting this Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at Fort Daniel Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. This link will take you to a map of Fort Daniel Elementary School. Registration will take place from 9:00-9:30am and fees will be $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 […]

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.

Fall 2015 Meeting Information

The SGA Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Gwinnett County. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 7th Annual Frontier Faire at the Fort Daniel Monument, in Hog Mountain, Georgia, near Buford Georgia, 30519.

Ocmulgee Expansion Effort Update

SGA_logo_web_100 US Senator Johnny Isakson introduced Senate Bill 1636 – Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park Boundary Revision Act of 2015 in June of this year. The Ocmulgee National Monument, located just outside of Macon, is a park dedicated to protecting and educating the public about its wealth of natural and cultural resources and is famous for the Mississippian mound sites on its grounds.

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.

Download the digital version of the 2015 Georgia Archaeology Month poster

sga_2015_poster_thumbThe Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) is proud to offer this year’s Georgia Archaeology Month poster showcasing the theme Native Shores, European Waves: Contact Archaeology in Georgia—and May is Archaeology Month in Georgia. Download the poster by clicking here. Read on to learn more about the Spring 2015 meeting of the SGA.

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.

Upcoming Events during the Georgia History Festival

For those of your looking for events on offer as part of the Georgia History Festival this February, take a look at some of the events highlighting the 475th anniversary of the De Soto expedition as well as dozens of Georgia’s cultural institutions that celebrate the state’s history. Events will run from February 2 through February 18 and will include locations throughout coastal Georgia.

Stallings Island Events in the Augusta Area

SGA_logo_web_100 Stallings Island will be the focus of two lectures as well as a month long exhibition in Augusta. Join Dr. Ken Sassaman, Hyatt and Cici Brown on Friday, January 16 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art at 6 p.m., and Dr. Sassaman at the Augusta Museum of History at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 17 for the talks and be sure to view the work of Lillie Morris at the Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery at an open reception on Friday, January 16 from 6-8 p.m.

Archaeological events of interest this week!

sga_logo_cuTalks featuring Göbekli Tepe, Point Peter, and the Glass Site are talking taking place this week. Local SGA chapter meetings of BRAG, GAAS, and GARS are holding their meetings in Dahlonega, Atlanta, and Lawrenceville respectively, click here

Forensic anthropologist to speak at UNG

sga_logo_cuAccomplished forensic anthropologist, Dr. Frederick Snow, is coming to UNG to give a talk titled, “No Hummers, No Leather Pants, No DNA in Ten Minutes, No CSI.” His talk will be held at the Health and Natural Sciences Auditorium at the Dahlonega Campus of the University of North Georgia. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This talk is sponsored by the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy at the University of North Georgia and the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild.

Take Action: Ocmulgee Expansion Vote Set for November 10th

SGA_logo_web_100 With your help, Ocmulgee National Monument could become much larger in just one week. If you attended SGA’s Spring and Fall 2014 meetings or live anywhere near Macon, you know this story has been a hot topic this year. Ocmulgee National Monument, located just outside of Macon, is a park dedicated to protecting and educating the public about its wealth of natural and cultural resources and is famous for the Mississippian mound sites on its grounds.

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.

Fall 2014 President’s Message

Submitted by Tammy Herron, President

SGA_logo_web_100 The Fall 2014 President’s Message is now posted. Read on for a recap of recent news in Georgia archaeology, and to learn more about the upcoming Fall 2014 meeting of the SGA.

SGA Fall 2014 Meeting Schedule Now Available

sga_logo_cuThe Society for Georgia Archaeology will hold its annual fall meeting Saturday, October 18th, 2014 on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Registration will take place from 8:00-8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Carroll building at Georgia Southern. Click here for the meeting schedule.

Fort Daniel volunteers honored

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

The September issue of the GAAS newsletter is now available

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

Save the date: 2014 Fall Meeting of the SGA

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

Archaeology at the State Social Science Fair

Submitted by Matthew Newberry

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

Summer 2014 issue of The Profile now available

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

Georgia Archives expands hours of operation

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

2014 SOGART symposium call for papers—UPDATED

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

Digging Savannah iPhone app now available in iTunes

Submitted by Laura Seifert

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

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

Submitted by Tammy Herron, President

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

Download the digital version of the 2014 Georgia Archaeology Month poster

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

Memorial service for Gordon Midgette held on May 17th

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

Events abound for Archaeology Month 2014

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

SGA Spring 2014 meeting schedule now available

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

Spring 2014 President’s Message

Submitted by Tammy Herron, President

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

Host an event for Georgia Archaeology Month May 2014

Submitted by Melissa McKay, SGA Secretary

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

Joint Research Grants debut

Submitted by Tom Lewis (researchgrant@thesga.org)

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

Timothy Pauketat to speak at UGA

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

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

Submitted by Tammy Herron

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

BRAG artifact identification day set for Saturday, March 15

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

Camp Sumter at Andersonville: The notorious Civil War prison

Submitted by Amanda Morrow

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

Adam King to present on summer testing at Etowah

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

Henry D. Green Symposium highlights Georgia history

Submitted by Catherine Long

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

Upcoming meeting of the Augusta Archaeological Society

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

BRAG meeting focuses on Moundville archaeology

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

News flash from the Georgia Department of Archives and History

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

October issue of The Antiquarian available

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

SEAC announces 2014 public outreach grant

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

SGA makes an impact at the 2013 Social Studies Conference

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

Final program for the SGA Fall 2013 meeting available

SGA_logo_web_100 The final program for the Fall 2013 meeting of the SGA is now available. Access a PDF of the schedule by clicking here. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Fort Daniel Fair a success

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

Updates from the Golden Isles Archaeological Society

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

September 23rd, 2013

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

Fall 2013 meeting schedule now available

sga_logo_cuThe schedule for the Fall 2013 meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology is now available. Access a PDF of the schedule by clicking here. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Student reflects on the 2013 Georgia Southern field school

Submitted by Amanda Shively, Georgia Southern University undergraduate

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

Announcing the fifth annual Ft. Daniel Frontier Faire

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

Bartow History Museum hosts preview of Leake site exhibit

sga_logo_cuThe Bartow History Museum invites you to a special event on October 3, 2013. This special event will open the museum’s latest feature exhibition, “Pieces of the Past: Bartow’s Leake Site.” The exhibit preview will begin at 6:00 p.m. and a lecture by archaeologist Scot Keith will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Archaeologist Erin Drake to speak in Duluth

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

Call for papers for the SGA Fall 2013 Meeting

Submitted by Amanda Morrow

sga_logo_cuThe SGA is soliciting presentations for the 2013 Fall Meeting, to be held Saturday, October 26, at UGA’s Miller Learning Center in Room 171. Students are encouraged to participate. Papers that focus on archaeological research in Georgia or the bordering states will be considered for the program. Each presenter should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes. Please contact Amanda L. Morrow to submit your title and abstract (100 words) by September 20. Access a PDF of the call for papers by clicking here.

BRAG members to discuss work at the Topper Site

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

Ten essential mobile apps for the archaeologist

Submitted by Amanda L. Morrow

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

President’s Message: Summer 2013

Submitted by Tammy Herron

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

June 28th, 2013

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

Georgia Archives update

Submitted by Tammy Herron

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

Georgia public libraries “Dig into Reading”

Submitted by Pam Baughman

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

Frontiers in the Soil chapter challenge

Submitted by Leslie Perry

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

Research continues at the Duckett site

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

June 18th, 2013

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

June 15th, 2013

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

June 6th, 2013

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

June GARS newsletter available

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

The 2013 SGA Posters are on their way

Submitted by Leslie Perry

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

Revisiting Anneewakee Creek (9DO2)

Submitted by Dylan Woodliff

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

Digging Savannah app has launched

Submitted by Laura Seifert

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

History grows at the Garden of the Coastal Plain

Submitted by Inger Wood

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

Book chapter highlights Holder’s work on the Georgia coast

Submitted by Keith Stephenson

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

Events abound for Archaeology Month 2013

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

AAS presents Archaeology Day 2013

Submitted by Tammy Herron

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

Register online for the Spring Meeting

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

Open house at the Waring Laboratory of Archaeology

waring_lab_logo_100x100The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Laboratory of Archaeology at the University of West Georgia is pleased to announce its 2013 open house. Come out to the Waring Lab on Saturday, April 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a chance to tour the lab and learn about archaeological research and collections curation. This event is free and open to the public, and features family-friendly activities, including a mock excavation, flint knapping demonstrations, artifact identification, an atl-atl throwing demonstration, and other activities and games. For more information about the event, check out the SGA events calendar, and download a flyer by clicking here.

Archaeological investigations of “the Gulch” in downtown Atlanta

Submitted by Dylan Woodliff

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

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

Submitted by Richard Moss

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

Archaeologist Constanza Ceruti speaks at UNG

Submitted by Tammy Herron and Jack Wynn

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

GAAS gets Singer-Moye update

Submitted by Lyn Kirkland and Stefan Brannan

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

GAAS April meeting: Forts Daniel and Peachtree

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

First Americans lecture in Dahlonega, April 4th

Smallwood handax CUDr. Ashley Smallwood, Director of the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory at the University of West Georgia, will speak to the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild, a Chapter of the SGA, and the presentation’s co-sponsor, the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Dr. Smallwood will discuss three theories of how people first reached the Americas at 7 pm on April 4th in Young Hall Room 202, Dahlonega.

2013 Social Studies Fair winners

Submitted by Leslie Perry

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

Presentation on Cave Spring Log Cabin

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

Mini-conference on the archaeology of POWs

georgia_southern_logoThe Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Georgia Southern Museum, and the Department of History will host “Captive Warriors: The History and Archaeology of POWs,” a half-day lecture series, on Tuesday, March 12, at Georgia Southern University. The mini-conference will feature three speakers from Georgia Southern: historians Brian Feltman and Michael Van Wagenen, and archaeologist Lance Greene. All events are free and open to the public. Access a flyer for the conference by clicking here.

Website continues to be a success

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.edu)

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

March GARS newsletter available

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

ASSC conference features keynote lecture on Etowah

ASSC_website_logo_CUThe Archaeology Society of South Carolina is holding its annual conference in Columbia this Saturday, March 2nd, from 8:30 to 5:00 in Gambrell Room 250. Registration for the conference on Saturday is $10 with a reduced rate of $5 for seniors and students. ASSC Members are admitted free of charge. For more information about the conference, click here.

Early Georgia issue scheduling

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

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

Archives update: Call NOW

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

GAAS to learn about Singer-Moye in March

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

GAAS talks trash at February meeting

Submitted by Lyn Kirkland, GAAS member and SGA Board Member

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Shirk remembered

Submitted by Tom Gresham

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

Winter 2012 issue of The Profile now available

Issue number 155, Winter 2012, of the SGA’s quarterly newsletter, The Profile, is now available as a downloadable and printable PDF. Alternatively, you can click here to see excerpts of all