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The Profile Issue 144, Spring 2010, now available

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Issue number 144 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.

2010 Archaeology Month2010 SpringArchaeoBus NewsSGA notices online

Newsflash: ArchaeoBus will attend Spring Meeting

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUAttend the SGA’s Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 15th, 2010, at The Parks at Chehaw, outside of Albany, and tour the ArchaeoBus!

Chapter NewsEvents informationGreater Atlanta Archaeological Society

GAAS April meeting topic is William Bartram

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GAAS_logo_100Dr. Jim Kautz will speak to the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA, at our regular GAAS meeting on Tuesday April 13th. His presentation is titled “William Bartram and Archaeological Understandings in the Deep South”. Dr. Kautz has researched Bartram for some time and is the author of a recent biography of this famed writer, explorer, anthropologist (who visited and studied Native Americans in the late 18th century), naturalist, and poet.

Archaeology 101Online news and research

What is NAGPRA?

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NAGPRA stands for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. NAGPRA is a federal law. In March 2010, NAGPRA has been in the news three times….

2010 Archaeology MonthEvents information

2010 Archaeology Month activities announced

The SGA proudly announces the 2010 Archaeology Month events, including our Society’s semi-annual meeting on May 15th at The Parks at Chehaw, near Albany. They are scheduled around the state and include open houses at archaeology laboratories on university campuses, lectures, and hands-on activities at historic sites. Click here for the full listing.

CRM research notesOnline news and research

EPEI tests possible Late Lamar Wolfskin phase farmsteads

Submitted by Phil Quirk (

Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. recently tested seven prehistoric late Lamar (Mississippian) farmsteads in Oglethorpe County, finding post and pit features. This project provided a good opportunity to study a series of closely-grouped Wolfskin phase sites.

Just for kidsSGA notices onlineSocial Studies Fair awardsTeacher/Student

2010 Georgia Social Studies Fair archaeology prizes awarded

Submitted by Catherine Long (

The Georgia Social Studies Fair was held Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Georgia. Catherine Long attended on behalf of the Society for Georgia Archaeology and the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists to present two awards of $50 in recognition of excellent projects that promote the study, preservation, and education of archaeology. Winners are 6th graders Jessica Anthony and Christina Moore. The full story includes photos of the winners.

Rice-farming in Georgia, briefly

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

Rice was an extremely important commercial crop in antebellum coastal Georgia. Yet, today, there’s very little rice grown in that area. This Weekly Ponder briefly considers the economic history of rice-growing along the Southeastern Coast, and looks at modern rice-farming in the USA a bit, too.

2010 Archaeology MonthArchaeology Month archivesEvents informationSGA notices onlineVolunteer opportunities

Plan an Archaeology Awareness event for 2010

sga_logo_cuThe SGA invites you to host an Archaeology Awareness event in May 2010! It’s not too late to set up an event and submit information about it for listing on this website, and for inclusion in our Society’s publicity on 2010 Archaeology Month. The full story offers great ideas for your event! Schedule an event by submitting the form provided. Read more here….

Online news and research

Read the GaPA blog to stay current on legislative news

Follow the GaPA blog to read up on the latest news about legislative sessions, budget proposals, etc. GaPA stands for Georgians for Preservation Action. GaPA coordinates historic preservation advocacy efforts within our state. The SGA leadership has often worked with GaPA, since our organizational goals overlap.

Augusta Archaeological SocietyOnline news and research

Stallings Island stewardship is difficult, important

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

The Archaeological Conservancy owns Stallings Island, and has partnered with the Augusta Archaeological Society to monitor and help protect this significant site, which is difficult to access and protect. Unfortunately, looters have returned. We all lose when our hidden heritage is destroyed and thus important information is lost.

Events informationOnline news and researchSGA notices online

SGA leadership tours Sapelo Island

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

When the SGA leadership visited the coast in February 2010, many of us also toured Sapelo Island with archaeologist Dr. Ray Crook, who has worked on the island for decades. We took the morning ferry out underovercast skies, watched the sun arrive with us at the island dock, and returned to the mainland late in the afternoon. We took a break to enjoy a Geechee lunch at mid-day.

Events informationSGA notices online

SGA leadership’s Winter 2010 retreat at Ashantilly

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The SGA Board and Officers met on Saturday, February 6th, 2010, at the Ashantilly library, named after the home’s builder, Thomas Spalding. Ashantilly is a plantation just north of Darien. The SGA and its members owe a big debt of thanks to the wonderful, kind folks at the Ashantilly Center, who hosted our meeting.

Artifact information

“…iron gall ink on parchment”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

What is iron gall ink? Parchment is a common term, but what is that ink? Colonial-period documents were commonly written in iron gall ink. Georgia’s copy of the Declaration of Independence was. Even Bach and Da Vinci used it! Read more about this ink in the full story. Find out how many kinds of trees it takes to make the ink, too!

Online news and research

State Archaeologist Crass is new Director of HPD

State Archaeologist Dr. David Colin Crass is the new Director of the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the DNR announced on 27 January 2010. Dr. Crass came to Georgia HPD twelve years ago.

Online news and researchPhoto galleries

Stiff fines for site looting handed down in Burke County

Submitted by Tom Gresham (

Burke County State Court Judge Jerry Daniel in January handed down heavy fines on four east Georgia men who pled guilty to multiple counts related to looting a Late Archaic, Stallings culture shell midden site on the Ogeechee River in southern Burke County. The four men were apprehended on private land by Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger First Class Jeff Billips and Ranger First Class Grant Matherly in late September 2009.

SGA notices online

Obituary notice: Frank T. Schnell

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Frank T. Schnell, a Columbus native and long-time SGA member, died Monday, 18 January 2010 after he fell from a ladder. He is survived by his wife, Gail, who also is an SGA member.

Chapter NewsNorthwest Georgia Archaeological SocietySGA notices online

Free lecture, pottery washing event, January 14th

Submitted by Jim Langford (

Back by popular demand, the Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society will hold a prehistoric pottery washing and seminar on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at New Echota Historic Site located near Calhoun, Georgia. The meeting will begin at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend the program and meeting.

Chapter NewsEvents informationGreater Atlanta Archaeological SocietySGA notices online

Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign to be addressed at GAAS monthly meeting: 12 January

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (

GAAS_logo_100The Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society will start off the new year with a stimulating presentation by Garrett Silliman of Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc., titled Current Research in the Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign. Mr. Silliman’s talk will be presented at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Clifton Road (just north of Ponce de Leon) on Tuesday, January 12th, beginning at 7:30 PM.