Issue includes selected articles originally published online at thesga.org in Jan, Feb, Mar 2012.

There are 19 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!)

The Profile

The Profile issue 152, Spring 2012, now available

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Issue number 152, Spring 2012, of the SGA’s quarterly newsletter, The Profile, is now available as a downloadable and printable PDF. The stories in The Profile all were originally posted to this website January, February, or March 2012.

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President’s Message: Spring 2012

SGA President Catherine Long discusses the Society for Georgia Archaeology’s plans for Archaeology Month 2012, in May, and the Society’s associated Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 19, with the theme Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. President Long also highlights other activities of the Society.

2012 SpringAnnouncements

Spring Meeting 2012 preliminary FINAL schedule

The Society for Georgia Archaeology is proud to present the preliminary program for our Spring Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, at Georgia Gwinnett College. This meeting is in conjunction with 2012 Archaeology Month. The Archaeology Month theme this year is Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The meeting will be held in the Student Center (Level 1, LVIS Room), and registration begins at 8:00am.

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2012 Georgia Social Studies Fair SGA/GCPA award winners

Submitted by Lynn Pietak (lpietak@edwards-pitman.com)

Frontiers in the Soil cover at angle CUThe Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) and the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists (GCPA) gave two awards at the Georgia Social Studies Fair 2012. The SGA and GCPA are pleased to give awards at this event because it supports our mission “to unite all persons interested in the archaeology of Georgia and to work actively to preserve, study and interpret Georgia’s historic and prehistoric remains.” The 2012 winners are fifth-grader John Hendricks of Jasper Elementary in Pickens County and eighth-grader Connor Hynek of Herschel Jones Middle School in Paulding County. Awards include a copy of the book Frontiers in the Soil, also available from the SGA.

SGA notices onlineThe SGA newsWeekly Ponder

Annual website statistics: 2009–2011

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

How much attention has thesga.org, the website of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, received over the period 2009–2011? Read the full story and learn about the success of the SGA’s website. The SGA’s mission “is to unite all persons interested in the archaeology of Georgia and to work actively to preserve, study and interpret Georgia’s historic and prehistoric remains,” and this website aids the Society in reaching its goals.

2012 Archaeology MonthGwinnett Archaeological Research SocietySGA notices online

First two GARS newsletters available

UPDATED! The first two issues of the newsletter of the Gwinnett County Chapter of SGA, the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society (GARS), are now available. The newsletter is named Gwinnett Archaeology Bulletin. GARS members are planning to co-host (with the Fort Daniel Foundation) an afternoon expo at the Fort Daniel site on May 19th, as part of the 2012 Archaeology Month activities.

Archaeological sites to visitEvents informationNorthwest Georgia Archaeological SocietySGA notices online

Rock carving expert to speak about Mayans in northern Georgia

Submitted by Jim Langford (jlangford@fc-solutions.com)

Etowah_md_in_winter_CUCome to the Museum at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00pm to hear the REAL story of rock structures on a mountainside in Union County—structures that sparked the recent controversy about Mayans in North Georgia. Our speaker for this meeting of the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will be Dr. Jannie Loubser, an archaeologist and world expert on rock carvings and rock structures.

Greater Atlanta Archaeological SocietySGA notices online

GAAS March meeting presentation topic: Etowah

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the SGA will meet on March 13, 2012, at 7:30 pm to hear a presentation by Dr. Adam King who will be speaking about Mississippian imagery at the Etowah site located in Cartersville, GA. The meeting will take place at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.

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War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration planned

Submitted by Catherine Long (diggergirl77@gmail.com)

Fort McHenry from CL CUWe hope you will join us in commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 by attending the SGA’s Spring Meeting on May 19th at the Georgia Gwinnett College campus. Georgia’s role in the War of 1812 had three main focus points: the Creek War (1813–1814), the British blockade, and the British occupation of St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island (1814–1815). Attend the Spring Meeting and learn about relationships between the Creek and the frontier people and feature research on fortifications from that period.

2012 Archaeology Month2012 SpringSGA notices onlineThe SGA news

Call for Papers for 2012 Spring SGA meeting

Submitted by Pamela Johnson Baughman (pajgriffin@comcast.net)

sga_logo_cuJoin us on Saturday, May 19th, 2012, for the Spring Meeting of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. The theme for Archaeology Month is Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. We’re looking for 6–7 presentations that pertain to this topic of 20 minutes or less including time for questions at the end. Details in the full story.

Archaeological sites to visitResearch articlesWeekly Ponder

1875 Scull Shoals article leads researcher home

Submitted by Tom Gresham (searcheo@aol.com)

Scull newspaper CURecently, SGA member Tom Gresham found an 1875 article in the Oglethorpe Echo in which the newspaper’s editor and publisher, T. Larry Gantt, discussed an overnight fishing adventure he made with friends along the Oconee River. As Tom comments, “Fortunately, little of the article discusses fishing, and most describes his ten-mile buggy ride to and from the river and the archeological sites they found along the river, including the Scull Shoals mounds.” We offer the full text of the article in a format evocative of the original, and Tom’s account of finding the article.

Archaeological sites to visitBook notesMuseums and Historical CentersWeekly Ponder

Abandonment/reuse of the Etowah mounds

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

King 2003 Etowah paperback cover CUWhile the Etowah mounds are large and imposing, and people used them over several hundred years during the Mississippian period, they were not continuously occupied. Read the story of the Etowah mounds in detail in Adam King’s Etowah: The Political History of a Chiefdom Capital (2003; University of Alabama Press), which is now available in paperback and ebook versions.

Events informationGreater Atlanta Archaeological Society

Tammy Herron to speak at the February GAAS meeting

Submitted by Allen Vegostsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100 Tammy Herron of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) will be the guest speaker at this month’s GAAS meeting. Tammy will discuss her research on colonial sites in Aiken County, South Carolina and also some of the programs of the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA).

Archaeology 101Book notesSGA notices onlineWeekly Ponder

Long-distance travel: The Leake Site example

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

Leake on National Map topo CUIn an article in the Fall 2011 issue of Early Georgia (vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 173–200), Scot Keith discusses evidence for long-distance trade and exchange in Middle Woodland times (from about 350 BC to AD 650), using data from the Leake Site, near Cartersville. Members of the SGA in 2011 received that issue of Early Georgia as a benefit of membership. Join the SGA, and you will receive the current volume of Early Georgia!

Events informationGolden Isles Archaeological Society

February GIAS meeting: The life and times of the sixteenth century Guale

The Golden Isles Archaeological Society will hold their February meeting Tuesday the 7th at St. Simons Elementary School in the Cafeteria at 7:00pm. The meeting will feature Ryan Sipe of Georgia Southern University and is titled Georgia’s Mission Frontier: The Life and Times of the Sixteenth Century Guale.

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Combating damage and deterioration of artifacts

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

GA state capitol Early Archaeology in GA display 2002 CUMuseums and other institutions store and display artifacts. Curators—the professionals who care for artifact collections in museums and other institutions that preserve artifacts—must be very careful to make sure that artifacts are preserved and not damaged while in their care. Read about many potential agents of deterioration, degradation, and destruction in the full article.

2012 SpringGwinnett Archaeological Research SocietyResearch articles

2011 Fort Daniel Faire conclusions

Submitted by James D'Angelo (4drdee@bellsouth.net)

Ft Daniel excavation unit 27 view north CUPrior to the 2011 Fort Daniel Frontier Faire in Gwinnett County, several geophysical surveys had been conducted at the site by Dr. Sheldon Skaggs of Georgia Southern University, the combined results of which suggested the presence of features within the footprint of the fort. We have also previously reported that the footprint of the fort’s palisade walls and corner blockhouses, as determined by archaeological investigations, corresponds precisely to the plan for frontier forts sent by President Washington’s Secretary of War, Henry Knox, to the Governor of Georgia in 1794.

Greater Atlanta Archaeological SocietySGA notices online

GAAS January meeting scheduled

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (vegotsky@earthlink.net)

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the SGA will meet on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012, to hear a presentation by Jack Tyler and Terry Jackson about using GIS to track the loss of archaeological sites and to develop plans for conservation of remaining sites. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Archaeological sites to visitArchaeology 101SGA notices onlineThe SGA news

Ocmulgee 75th Anniversary celebrated

Submitted by Tammy Herron (tfherron@gmail.com)

Ocumulgee 75th anniv visitor center CUSGA Vice-President Tammy Herron and two colleagues, George Wingard and Keith Stephenson, attended the 75th Anniversary Reception on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Ocmulgee National Monument. In a later ceremony, the SGA received a Certificate of Appreciation for helping to “preserve and protect the ‘Ocmulgee Old Fields'” and for helping to “create Ocmulgee National Monument” in 1936.