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The Profile

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President's message

Changes underway for the SGA

Submitted by Dennis Blanton

Good things are happening this spring in the Society for Georgia Archaeology—I hope that you can be a part of them all. Annual Spring Meeting. You won’t want to miss our annual spring meeting featuring the Archaeology Month theme, Mounds in Our Midst. A roster of fine speakers will make presentations at Wesleyan College concerning […]

Publication newsThe SGA news

The Profile goes electronic

Submitted by Larissa Thomas (

As your editor, it is my pleasure to announce that starting with the next issue, The Profile will be published exclusively in electronic format. The SGA Board made this decision at its recent retreat in an effort to cut costs. For you, the reader, the benefit will be having a full-color publication with no page […]

Publication newsThe SGA news

SGA ups its online profile!

The SGA’s website committee—that is: Michael Shirk, Kevin Kiernan, and Sammy Smith—has been hard at work developing a new website for the Society. Actually, the three of us have been working on content and ideas for the structure of the site. Most of the technological heavy lifting has been done for the SGA on a […]

2009 Archaeology Month2009 SpringArchaeology MonthMeetings

Mounds in Our Midst

Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia

The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s 2009 Spring Meeting will be held 16-17 May at Wesleyan College in Macon, as part of Archaeology Month. The theme of the meeting is Mounds in Our Midst: Monuments of Prehistoric Culture in Georgia. Archaeology Month 2009 is devoted to a celebration of the survival of prehistoric mounds, and a meditation over their purpose and meaning. $10 per person registration fee. Review the program and see a map of the meeting location by clicking [More] below.

2009 Archaeology Month2009 SpringAnnouncementsArchaeoBus News

You are cordially invited

Submitted by Rita Elliott (

archaeobus_littleAre you curious about all this hub-bub over some old vehicle? Come satisfy your curiosity and see the brand new ArchaeoBus at its christening. The ArchaeoBus, (A.B or “Abbey” for short), becomes official on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 4:00 pm, after the presentations at the Spring Meeting!

2009 Archaeology Month2009 SpringAnnouncements

Archaeology Month events

Submitted by Pamela Johnson (

Please visit our online calendar to read about events happening around the state for 2009 Archaeology Month! May is Archaeology Month in Georgia!

In difficult economic times, we thank you

Submitted by Rita Elliott (

In economic times such as we are experiencing today, it may be difficult to contribute to your favorite worthy non-profit. We understand and we appreciate past and current donors. These most recently have included: Stan McAfee (in honor of Corley Thomas), The Bulloch Hall Archaeological Society (in memory of Fred Scheidler), Charlotte “Sammy” Smith and […]

2009 Archaeology MonthAnnouncements

Archaeology programs at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Submitted by Dean Wood (

The Preserve at Callaway Gardens is offering archaeology programs again this year. The Preserve at Callaway Gardens encompasses thousands of acres of land west of Callaway Gardens in Harris County. It is dedicated to the wise stewardship of our natural resources and to offering new, exciting, environmental education programs. Of all of Callaway’s land, this […]

Archaeology 101Book notesTeacher/Student

New experimental archaeology/primitive technology book

Submitted by Tom Gresham (

Long time SGA member and primitive technology researcher Scott Jones has just published a book that is a compilation of his articles from the past decade related to primitive technology and experimental archaeology. Scott has practiced primitive technology for two decades and now makes a living presenting the subject to the general public (always with […]

Archaeology 101Book notesTeacher/Student

Archaeology for Dummies

Submitted by Nancy White (

Wiley Publishing has just issued Archaeology for Dummies ($21.95) by SGA member Nancy White. The book tells how archaeology is detective work and traces over 2 million years of prehistoric human cultures. It demonstrates how archaeology uncovers things about historic times that history can’t, and shows how archaeological knowledge is useful for modern issues like […]

On the levelResearch articles

The restoration of the Fish Vault in Memory Hill Cemetery

Submitted by Stephen Hammack, Susan J. Harrington, Matthew Williamson, and Hugh T. Harrington (

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 […]

AnnouncementsThe SGA news

Georgia On My Mind Days at Georgia Visitor Centers

The Visitor Information Center Program of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division is once again sponsoring Georgia On My Mind Days at Georgia’s Visitor Centers. These events are free, and SGA can set up a table/display (we must provide the table) to distribute our brochures and informational fliers; offer fun, educational games and […]

2009 Archaeology MonthAnnouncements

Late-breaking Archaeology Month activity sponsored by the Friends of Scull Shoals

Submitted by Jack Wynn (

Event: Spring Crafts Festival, Scull Shoals Mill Village Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009 Time: 10 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Macedonia Road to FS Road 1234, Off GA Highway15, between Athens and Greensboro. For maps and directions see website here Contact: Bob Skarda, 770-846-1859, ; or Jack Wynn, 770-287-5506, Fee: $5.00; lunch available, additional charge […]

2009 Archaeology MonthAnnouncements

Open House—Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory

Submitted by Meggie Dunivent (

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory at the University of West Georgia is hosting their annual Open House on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Come out and bring the entire family, rain or shine! We will have an archaeological dig in the mock pit, flint knapping demonstrations by James […]

Augusta Archaeological SocietyChapter News

AAS Chapter busy with meetings, events

The Augusta Archaeology Society Chapter is busy now with a variety of projects, meetings, and events. We are working on an update of our Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Hafted Biface Types booklet, this time adding an abbreviated ceramics component. Long-time member Vivian McDiarmid has involved herself in assembling our AAS records into an up-todate […]

Coastal Georgia Archaeological Society

Coastal Georgia Chapter events

Our club had a busy fall season starting off with our October 18 tour, where we visited the Effingham Old Jail Museum and the Reiser-Zoller House to see an amazing array of 19th and early 20th century tools and household furnishings—the stuff we often dig up in its fragmentary, rusted, and broken state! The Fall […]

2009 SpringChapter NewsGwinnett Archaeological Research Society

Gwinnett Chapter busy with Fort Daniel activities

GARS and Friends of Fort Daniel (FFD), a special committee created for Fort Daniel preservation efforts, have had a lot going on since the last Profile. Since Fort Daniel’s listing as one of ten historic properties listed the Georgia Trust’s 2009 Places in Peril, GARS and FFD have submitted an application for a Georgia Trust […]


Rock art lecture and book signing announcement

Submitted by Jannie Loubser (

The Dawn of Art: Recent Discoveries on Shamanism, Altered States and the Origin of Religion and Art Free public lecture followed by a book signing at the Savannah College for Art and Design (SCAD) Event Space, Atlanta Campus, on Saturday Night April 25, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM For the first and perhaps only […]

CRM research notes

Southern Research busy around the state, researches Hobo Ken

Submitted by Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, Inc. (706-582-2440)

Southern Research has recently carried out a number of projects in Georgia that may be of interest to the members of SGA. Barnes Cemetery Relocation, Bibb County The Barnes Cemetery was first recorded in 2007 during a reconnaissance for the Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority conducted by Southern Research. The reconnaissance was required by a site certification […]

CRM research notes

TRC excavations in northern Alabama

Submitted by TRC (770-270-1192)

In October 2007, TRC began data recovery excavations at The Spirit Hill Site, 1JA642, a multi-component prehistoric site on the Tennessee River in northeastern Alabama. We completed the fieldwork in May 2008, and are currently involved in the analysis and reporting. Data recovery operations focused on a 2.81-acre tract in the central portion of site […]