First-person accounts (tales?) of doing archaeology.
There are 15 articles in this issue of The Profile. Each excerpt below links to the full article (click on the article headline or the 'Click here to read' link!)
Submitted by Tom Gresham
…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.”
Submitted by Catherine Long (email@example.com)
Read SGA President Catherine Long’s first-person story of adventuring from the Atlanta area to Douglas to attend meetings on the 17–18th August, 2012. En route, she stopped and toured the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Irwin County, and discovered that one of the tales she had heard about Mr. Davis…well, read the full story and find out!
Submitted by Mike Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Around this time last year, as I prepared to board a plane and begin my MA program in the United Kingdom, I began to ask myself if the complication and expense of continuing my education in the UK was really worth it. Could these folks with their “sophisticated” accents, meat-pies, and flat ale really give me some deeper insight into the nature and value of archaeology?
Submitted by Jack T. Wynn (email@example.com)
Long-time SGA member Dr. Jack T. Wynn of Dahlonega thanks “the hundreds of volunteers who have helped keep the pursuit of archaeology alive, vibrant, and fun for me for all these years!” He suggests that “if you have been wondering what you could do in archaeology, then contact the SGA leadership, or members of the SGA Chapter in your area, and find out what’s going on in archaeology in your neighborhood.”
Submitted by Melissa Webb (Georgia State University Anthropology Department)
Melissa Webb discusses her intership experience, spring semester 2010, at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia. This essay is comical, honest, and realistic, as many university students do not know what to expect when they show up to intern. Melissa Webb graduated from Georgia State University with her bachelor degree January 2011. Congratulations, Melissa!
Submitted by Zachary Hruby (Georgia State University)
Dr. Zachary Hruby, of Georgia State University’s Anthropology Department, discusses briefly what being a visiting professor is like for him. His research area is Ancient Maya and Mesoamerica. He is enjoying Georgia and hopes to stay for the long haul.
Submitted by Melissa Scharffenberg (Graduate Student at Georgia State University)
When Melissa Scharffenberg, a graduate student in archaeology at Georgia State University began contemplating thesis topics she was approached by the curator of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The curator asked if she would interpret the Lacy Hotel collection housed at the museum which she had previously researched and analyzed as an intern in 2007. Melissa thought her familiarity with the artifacts and history of the Lacy Hotel would make for a great thesis topic and provided the opportunity to start The Lacy Hotel Project which uses the combination of archaeological and historical data to document civilian life during the Civil War.
Submitted by Kelly Woodard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As archaeologists, we are the first to enjoy many pristine places and are able to contemplate how to bring them to life within communities. It is not in our blood to hide the past from the public. We preserve our findings and think of ways the public can best enjoy it. As true archaeologists, we do not stand selfishly by enjoying our priceless artifacts deep in the basement of our houses, hidden from the public. Instead, we tell the world about it, study it, and dedicate our lives to its interpretation.
Submitted by Debbie Cosgrove (email@example.com)
On Sunday, November 7th, the Friends of Scull Shoals hosted their first tour of the herb walk dedicated to the memory of Dr. Durham. The Friends bought the land from a timber company, and it’s adjacent to the Oconee National Forest. Needless to say, pines predominate on the property, but other species of plants grow among the pines.
Submitted by James "Wes" Patterson, Fernbank Museum Natural History
James “Wes” Patterson of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History just attended his first SEAC conference. His essay is informative, humorous, and intriguing as one realizes that more happens at archaeological conventions than just lectures.
Submitted by Adrienne Birge-Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Savannah College of Art and Design student Adrienne Birge-Wilson, who is in the Historic Preservation (HP) program, tells what a great time she had joining SGA members and guests at the 2010 Fall Meeting, a tour of archaeological sites in the St. Simons Island area. Not only did she and other SCAD students enjoy themselves, Ms. Birge-Wilson notes that they now understand “archaeology’s pertinence in HP’s sphere of immediate concern.”
Submitted by Stephen Hammack, Susan J. Harrington, Matthew Williamson, and Hugh T. Harrington (email@example.com)
The Fish Vault has been famous in Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville’s city cemetery, as the place where poor Mr. Fish, despondent over the loss of his wife, had shut himself into the vault and killed himself while sitting in a rocking chair. Visitors to the vault are routinely told to knock at the door and [...]
Submitted by David Crass (David.Crass@dnr.state.ga.us)
Like most of us who have done archaeology on Sapelo Island, I always have felt privileged to work there. Hog Hammock community, the Reynolds Mansion, the Lighthouse, Long Tabby, Chocolate Plantation—all help to create a unique context for fieldwork. My most magical moment on the island, however, didn’t involve archaeology at all. Some years ago [...]
Submitted by Fred Scheidler
Initial view of dugout canoe in 1970. In late December 1970, I assisted the Broward County Archaeological Society in the location, recovery, and restoration of an abandoned, twelve and a half foot long, cypress dugout canoe. It became the primary display in the small museum the group maintained for public education. My friend Keith Hunt [...]
Submitted by Dick Brunelle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is was once said, “June is the month for weddings”. Not in our field of avocational and vocational interest. June is the first full month when schools of all kinds release students of anthropology and archaeology, along with their professors, to “get down to earth” in archaeological pursuits. And sometimes, they allow volunteers to [...]