Special publications by the SGA

Over the years, SGA has published several volumes, in addition to Early Georgia. The Society uses these to disseminate information about archaeology in Georgia, and for fund-raising. The Society has plans to publish new special publications.

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Get Your Copy of the 2016 Lesson Plan

Submitted by Rita Elliott

The Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents the 2016 lesson plan Dynamic Borders: The Archaeology of Cumberland Island, Georgia. It is the nineteenth in SGA’s series of Archaeology Month-themed lesson plans, and it offers teachers and students alike information, instruction, pictures, discussions, activities, and suggestions for additional reading and online resources. Learn more about how Georgia archaeology teaches us about the fascinating history of the Cumberland Island and St. Marys region!

Get your copy of the 2015 Lesson Plan!

Submitted by Tammy Herron

The Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly presents the 2015 lesson plan Native Shores, European Waves: Contact Archaeology in Georgia. It is the eighteenth 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. Learn more about how Georgia archaeology teaches us about the ramifications of historical encounters between European and Native American societies hundreds of years ago!

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.

Frontiers, chapter 4

Frontiers in the Soil cover at angle CUThe Society for Georgia Archaeology proudly sells Frontiers in the Soil, a softcover book about archaeology in Georgia. Author Roy S. Dickens, Jr. and illustrator James L. McKinley convey details about Georgia’s ancient past through engaging text and colorful cartoons. The book includes exercises for studying Georgia archaeology.

Get your copy of Frontiers!

Frontiers in the Soil cover at angle CUIf you don’t already have a copy of Frontiers in the Soil, click here to access an order form! Clocking in at over 100 pages, Frontiers tells the story of young archaeologists working on an excavation project, using lively text and humorous cartoon illustrations. This classic volume will be enjoyed by everyone curious about Georgia’s archaeological heritage. There’s also a free lesson plan based on the book.

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.

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.

Order Frontiers in the Soil now!

Frontiers in the Soil cover at angle CUFrontiers in the Soil is a classic in archaeological literature that should be useful to everyone. Using easy-to-read text by Roy S. Dickens, Jr., and creative color cartoon illustrations by James L. McKinley, Frontiers interprets Georgia’s past with humor in over 100-pages of delightful reading. Click here to download the order form for Frontiers in the Soil.

Archaeology and chronology

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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.

Book review: Archaeological Encounters with Georgia’s Spanish Period, 1526-1700

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (kelly@thesga.org)

Recently, members of the SGA received Archaeological Encounters in Georgia’s Spanish Period, 1526-1700: New Findings and Perspectives, edited by Dennis B. Blanton and Robert A. DeVillar. The SGA used the book to raise awareness of special topics in Georgia archaeology as well as reward its membership with the opportunity to receive special publications. Currently, all available copies have been distributed to the SGA membership and institutional members of SGA, such as libraries. If you are looking for this particular book, these libraries should have an available copy.

1989 history of AAS by GS Lewis available

George S. Lewis, a very active member of the Augusta Archaeological Society and the Society for Georgia Archaeology, wrote a history of the AAS in July 1989. Titled “A Brief History of the Augusta Archaeological Society,” this document is now available in PDF form.

2009 poster, Mounds in Our Midst

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)


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.

Georgia wins SAA Poster award

poster_award_saa_2008_cuNEWS FLASH: Georgia’s 2008 “Archaeological Encounters in Georgia’s Spanish Period” poster wins Society for American Archaeology annual Archaeology Month Poster Award on April 24th!

Archaeological Encounters in Georgia’s Spanish Period

SGA’s 2008 poster for Archaeology Month is “Archaeological Encounters in Georgia’s Spanish Period.” In this dramatic and eye-catching presentation, three human figures in outline dominate the poster’s imagery. The figure on the left is of a Spanish Conquistador. He is identifiable because of the shape of his helmet, and because of his sword. The figure […]

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.

Conflict: Georgia’s Expanding Boundaries

Archaeology Month events in 2007 focused on the theme “Conflict: Georgia’s Expanding Boundaries, 1733-1833.” Click here to download a copy of SGA’s 2007 poster commemorating this theme.

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 […]

Frontiers in the Soil

Click here to download the order form for Frontiers in the Soil.

Frontiers in the Soil, 2nd edition

This entertaining, colorful cartoon book is about archaeology, particularly in Georgia; it is accurate and amusing. The book features hand-lettered text accompanied by eye-catching, vivid, often humorous artwork. The volume also provides various ideas for archaeological projects. Although oriented toward Georgia and Southeastern archaeology, this volume is useful for understanding general concepts in the archaeology […]

2004 lesson plan: Frontiers in the Soil

SGA’s 2004 lesson plan centered on republication of Frontiers in the Soil: The Archaeology of Georgia. The author, Roy S. Dickens, Jr., was a well-known archaeologist who worked in Georgia, and across southeastern North America. His engaging text is supported by the captivating artwork of James McKinley. The first edition, published in 1979, quickly sold […]

Kolomoki and southwest Georgia

In 2002, the Society focused Archaeology Month events around prehistoric archaeological sites in southwest Georgia, specifically the famous site of Kolomoki. Click here to download a copy of SGA’s 2002 poster commemorating this theme.

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 […]

Rock piling in Georgia

The 1990 issue of Early Georgia (volume 18) featured Thomas H. Gresham’s article “Historic Patterns of Rock Piling and the Rock Pile Problems.” In the introduction, Mr. Gresham notes: Rock piles, a term that can be broadly applied to a wide array of prehistoric and historic features, have long been of interest to the archaeologist […]

Profile Papers

The Profile Papers: Technical Papers from the First Seventy-Five Issues of the Society for Georgia Archaeology Newletter was compiled by Patrick H. Garrow and George S. Lewis. The SGA reprinted useful and important articles that were difficult to obtain in the days before digital publications and widespread use of the Internet.