Issue number 156, Spring 2013, 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 January, February, or March of 2013.
Issue includes selected articles originally published online at thesga.org in Jan, Feb, Mar 2013.
There are 17 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 Tammy Herron (firstname.lastname@example.org)
… in which President Tammy Herron discusses the history and exciting future of Georgia Archaeology Month and gives a preview of the Society’s Spring Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, in Macon. President Herron also comments on the recent successful action to transfer the administration of the Georgia Archives to the Board of Regents.
The SGA invites you to join us at the 2013 Spring Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry Street, Macon (see map below). The theme for Archaeology Month and this year’s Spring Meeting is Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness. The morning’s activities will be indoors, focusing on presentations. In the afternoon, we’ll re-unite at Ocmulgee National Monument for a tour. You must be registered to attend any of these events. You must pre-register if you want a box lunch.
Submitted by Dylan Woodliff
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.
Submitted by Richard Moss
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.
Submitted by Tammy Herron and Jack Wynn
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.
Submitted by Lyn Kirkland and Stefan Brannan
At 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.
Submitted by Leslie Perry
The 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.
The Society for Georgia Archaeology invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit brief research reports, reviews of archaeological presentations and lectures, and essays about archaeological fieldwork and field trip experiences to The Profile. Topic areas are open, but should be related to the archaeology of Georgia and surrounding states. Submissions should generally be no longer than 1000 words. Accompanying photographs are encouraged.
Meet SGA’s new editor of The Profile and the website content, Ben Steere. Ben’s been in Georgia since 2006, and is an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of West Georgia. If you have a story or a story idea you think might be appropriate for The Profile/the website, please email Ben (link in full story) for information and consideration. Research reports, first-person archaeology stories, and announcements regarding Chapter activities, lectures and presentations are examples of stories that the SGA welcomes.
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Submitted by Lyn Kirkland, GAAS member and SGA Board Member
Ever 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.
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.
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.”
Long-time SGA member Jack Wynn suggests our members and friends may be interested in reading this story by Hannah Parson, “Students Unearth History and Mystery at the Duckett Site,” posted on The Steeple, the online student newspaper of for the University of North Georgia–Dahlonega and the Military College of Georgia. So far, students—and members of the SGA Chapter Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild—have helped shovel test in a grid across the site area to understand variation across the settlement, and to analyze materials discovered and data recovered during the testing.
Submitted by James R. Wettstaed, Heritage Program Manager/Forest Archaeologist Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests (email@example.com)
Over the last year a great number of claims have been made about Mayans and Georgia archaeology. Many of these claims have focused on sites located on National Forest land. The Track Rock Gap rock art and stone landscape sites on the Chattahoochee National Forest were created by Creek and Cherokee people beginning more than 1000 years ago and continuing into the 1800s. There is no archeological evidence of any link to Mayan people or culture at this site. Stone landscape sites occur throughout the region and are not unusual, but they should be respected and protected.
Submitted by Jim D’Angelo
Efforts of members of The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society and The Fort Daniel Foundation have finally paid off. On December 21, 2012, Gwinnett County closed on the 4.5-acre tract within which the entire fort site is situated. The County shall, in turn, lease the property to the Foundation, which will be responsible for developing both the land and an educational outreach program. Details of the lease agreement are being worked out, and it is expected that the Foundation will assume its responsibilities by the end of March. Already, students from local schools have had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn something about archaeology and about Fort Daniel’s connection with our frontier history and the Creek Indian War.
The next meeting of the Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAAS) of the Society for Georgia Archaeology will be on February 12th at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and begin at 6:30PM. The meeting is free and open to the public. Our program will be lead by Dr. Jeffrey Glover of Georgia State University and students. Dr. Glover will discuss the MARTA archaeological collection.