There are 34 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 Issue 147, Winter 2010, now available

Issue number 147 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.

Blue Ridge Archaeology GuildChapter News

BRAG members assist with field surveys

Submitted by Tony Shore (President-Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild)

On October 6, 8, and 13 of 2010, Blue Ridge Archaeological Guild members assisted Becky Bruce-Vaughters (US Forest Service archaeologist) and Dr. Jack Wynn (US Forest Service archaeologist, retired) in conducting shovel tests, metal detection, and artifact collections at two historical sites near the shoreline of beautiful Nottley Lake in Blairsville, Georgia.

Archaeology 101Book notes

Now available: Extraordinary Fluted Points of the Tennessee Valley Region

Submitted by Ellis Whitt (

Ellis Whitt announces the availability of a book he has been compiling since 2008, titled Extraordinary Fluted Points of the Tennessee Valley Region. It has nearly 200 pages and contains full-page photographs of 170 extraordinary fluted Paleo artifacts with key bits of information about several of the photographed artifacts.

Chapter NewsGolden Isles Archaeological SocietySGA notices onlineThe SGA news

The SGA welcomes its newest Chapter: The Golden Isles Archaeological Society—GIAS

Submitted by Jamice Meschke, President GIAS (

The Golden Isles Archaeological Society (GIAS) is the newest Chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Jamice Meschke, president of GIAS, appointed a sub-committee to write up new By-Laws in compliance with the rules and obligations of the SGA. Also read a brief summary of what the group has been involved with this fall.

SGA notices onlineThe SGA news

A gift that keeps giving

Submitted by Sudha Shah (

During this holiday season, consider honoring a special someone with a contribution in their name to the Endowment Fund of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Give a remarkable gift that touches generations to come and preserves your archaeological legacy in Georgia. We hope you also think of the Endowment in your end-of-the-year giving.

2010 FallArchaeology 101Research articlesThe SGA news

Report on GPR survey conducted during 2010 fall meeting now available online

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

The report GPR Survey at Gascoigne Bluff, St. Simmons Island, Georgia presents the findings of the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey conducted during the SGA’s 2010 fall meeting. GPR survey of a portion of Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island was performed on October 16, 2010, and report author Dan Elliott was assisted by SGA members in completing the survey. This project was a joint public outreach and research effort by the LAMAR Institute, the Society for Georgia Archaeology, and the Cassina Garden Club.

AnnouncementsPublication newsSGA notices onlineThe SGA news

Introduction: The Profile’s new editor

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

I, Kelly Woodard, would like to introduce myself as the incoming editor for The Profile newsletter and website. As a recent graduate of Georgia State University, I am excited to be an active member of the Georgia archaeological community, especially the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Please consider sending me a story of interest to our members for posting on this website!

Archaeology 101Online news and research

One archaeologist’s coolest thing I ever found

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

HPD_Preservation_Posts_Tucker_2010_Nov_CU.jpgIn the Georgia Department of Natural Resources—Historic Preservation Division’s free digital newsletter, Preservation Posts, for November 2010, Archaeology Section Chief and Deputy State Archaeologist—Terrestrial Bryan Tucker discusses his perspective on his profession, including his response to “What is the coolest thing you have ever found?”

Book notes

History of Atlanta combines text and images

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

Burns_Atlanta_Yesterday_and_Tomorrow_CU.jpgRebecca Burns uses photographs and archival information to tell the history of Atlanta in her 2010 book Atlanta: Yesterday & Today. The author tells Atlanta’s story by neighborhood, with thematic sections, rather than through a single chronological storyline. The lively text is augmented by historical and modern images to convey “the character, moxie, and extraordinary history that combined to earn Atlanta its status as the capital of the New South.” Consider how the order and organization of a history may affect how the reader perceives the places and times discussed.

Archaeology 101On the level

The Lacy Hotel Project: Historical archaeology in graduate school

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.

Archaeology 101On the level

Archaeologists’ commitment to the public

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

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.

On the level

Friends of Scull Shoals Herb Walk in memory of Dr. Durham

Submitted by Debbie Cosgrove (

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.

AnnouncementsChapter NewsEvents informationNorthwest Georgia Archaeological Society

NWGAS chapter meeting November 11 at Etowah Mounds Museum

Submitted by Jim Langford (

Etowah_md_in_winter_CUThe Northwest Georgia Archaeology Society is holding their chapter meeting meeting at the Etowah Indian Mounds Museum, Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 7pm. Presentation by Tommy Hudson entitled Prehistoric Stone Constructions in Georgia: An Overview. Tommy is a local researcher and founding member of the Eastern States Rock Art Research Association.

Archaeology 101On the level

What attending SEAC meant to me

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.

Archaeology 101

Cemeteries are constructed for the deceased but hold insights into the beliefs of the living

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

The Flat Rock Cemetery in Lithonia displays the widespread rural African-American custom of burying the dead with simple fieldstones placed at the head and foot of the interment. Belief did not place significant importance on elaborate decoration of gravestones, as seen in formal cemeteries generally associated with white populations; but, instead placed emphasis on being buried in the cemetery as a community member and simple grave markers were used as a symbol of mutual aid reflected within the community.

2010 FallPresident's messageThe SGA news

Incoming SGA President’s message: Fall 2010

Submitted by Catherine Long (

sga_logo_cuIncoming SGA President, Catherine Long, addresses goals for her 2010-2012 term. Her message looks at the ways the organization is already moving forward and transitions made within the board.

President's messageThe SGA news

Outgoing SGA President’s message: Fall 2010

Submitted by Dennis Blanton (

Outgoing SGA President Dennis Blanton, 2008-2010, addresses the strides that the organization is making as it moves forward. He states that the organization will continue to thrive under the new leadership of our new President, Catherine Long. He also encourages everyone to be generous with their time and energy to support the SGA as we move forward.

ArchaeoBusArchaeoBus NewsEvents informationTeacher/Student

By the numbers: SGA and the Georgia National Fair 2010

Submitted by Rita Elliott, ArchaeoBus Chair (

Abby the ArchaeoBus met countless numbers of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Georgia National Fair in Perry this October. Visitors had a unique opportunity this year to learn about Georgia’s archaeology and preservation in a fun and interactive way, courtesy of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Families and adults were actively engaged in learning these messages, as were field trip students. Countless children left Abby positive messages in her visitor book. Also, a special thanks to the hard working cadre of volunteers at the ArchaeoBus exhibit.

ArchaeoBusArchaeoBus NewsPhoto galleriesSGA notices onlineTeacher/Student

ArchaeoBus volunteers enjoy the Georgia National Fair: Story and photographs

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

Volunteering for the SGA is not a daunting task as one might think, being at the Georgia National Fair all day with the ArchaeoBus smelling livestock, eating fatty foods, and dealing with rowdy kids. The ArchaeoBus volunteers report they had a great time and all said they would do it again!

Greater Atlanta Archaeological SocietyOnline news and researchPhoto galleries

Flat Rock African-American Museum & Archives 1st annual celebration honors ancestors

Submitted by Kelly Woodard (

The Flat Rock Archives Slave Cemetery Dedication and Libation Ceremony held October 30, 2010, paid tribute to the ancestors of their community through honor, celebration, and history. With a large turnout including news crews and Georgia Public Broadcasting, the community honored the Flat Rock historical church site, built in 1823, by blueprinting what was once the foundation and inviting people into the space. The crowd also visited the Slave Cemetery where a libation ceremony was held to honor the Flat Rock descendants’ ancestors. The celebration offered a realistic view into the past for the African-American community. SGA’s local chapter, the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, has been involved with preserving and caring for the cemetery through volunteer efforts since 2008.

ArchaeoBusArchaeoBus NewsOcmulgee Archaeological SocietyOnline news and researchPhoto galleries

4th annual Seven Islands Artifact ID Day growing interest among the public

Submitted by Stephen Hammack (

The annual Seven Islands Artifact ID Day on October 23, 2010, was hosted by the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society (OAS) and the Butts County Historical Society (BCHS). Members of Taylor County High School’s “Benjamin Hawkins Historical, Expeditionary, and Geographical Society (BHEGS) volunteered to help manage the archaeology tent. Now in its fourth year, the event has continued to gain support and receive more visitors.

Chapter NewsGreater Atlanta Archaeological SocietySGA notices online

Speaker at the GAAS November 9th meeting will discuss Spanish Paleolithic cave

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (

GAAS_logo_100Dr. Jim D’Angelo will give a Powerpoint talk on his recent visit to Cueva de la Pileta in Spain, one of the few Paleolithic caves in Europe still open to the public. Dr. D’Angelo will speak to the Greater Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society at its November meeting on the 9th. The meeting will be at Fernbank Museum of Natural History and begin at 7:30 PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. Also, the full story has a link to the November GAAS newsletter, Atlanta Antiquity.

SGA notices online

Website usage update: September, October “bump”

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

website_most_frequent_pageviews_by_month_through_2010_Oct_CU.jpgGood news! The SGA website’s numbers are up! We are now averaging a new story at least every other day each month, and almost five thousand unique visitors each month! Also, we’re averaging just under four hundred average daily pageviews! That’s nearly four hundred! Per day! So, SGA members—you can contribute to these numbers! Get your contribution to the website ready now! And, tell a friend about our website!

2010 FallOn the levelThe SGA news

SCAD student enjoys the SGA’s Fall Meeting

Submitted by Adrienne Birge-Wilson (

2010_Fall_SCAD_students_listen_to_GPR_discussion_CU.jpgSavannah 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.”

Preserving the last remaining school house on St. Simons Island

Submitted by Rawson Gordon

Harrington_School_before_conservation_CU.jpgPreservation of aging buildings can offer knotty problems. Indeed, preservationists are often first faced with difficulties in purchasing the land a building sits on. Since 2004, preservationists have been working to purchase a 12-acre tract that includes the parcel on which the last remaining African American school house on St. Simons Island stands, called the Harrington Tract. The full story recounts where efforts stand as of Fall 2010.

2010 FallAnnouncementsGeorge S. Lewis Archaeological Stewardship AwardSGA notices onlineThe SGA news

St. Simons Island resident receives George S. Lewis Archaeological Stewardship Award

Submitted by Rita Elliott (

2010_GS_Lewis_Ellen_Provenzano_CU.jpgAt the SGA business meeting on October 16th, 2010, Ellen Provenzano, Glynn County 4th grade teacher and Glynn County Schools Archaeology Education Coordinator received the prestigious George S. Lewis Archaeological Stewardship Award from the Society for Georgia Archaeology.

2010 FallEvents informationPhoto galleriesSGA notices online

2010 Fall Meeting—in pictures!

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

HPD_budget_reductions_CU.jpgThe SGA met on St. Simons Island, east of Brunswick, on a lovely fall weekend in mid-October, and explored archaeological sites there and in the SSI area. Enjoy dozens of pictures from the tour in the full story. The SGA thanks all who organized the trip, discussed the places we visited, and gave us permission to visit them—and to all non-members who joined our tour.

ArchaeoBus NewsPhoto galleriesSGA notices onlineTeacher/Student

Two days at the Georgia National Fair with the ArchaeoBus

Submitted by Sammy Smith (

In the full story, click through photos from two days spent with the ArchaeoBus at the Georgia National Fair, in Perry. Visitors of all ages enjoyed the Fair from October 7–17, 2010. SGA members pulled together to staff the ArchaeoBus exhibit with three or more volunteers at all times, helping thousands of fair-goers learn about Georgia archaeology.

2010 FallPhoto galleriesSGA notices online

Fall 2010 Meeting agenda—illustrated!

Submitted by Kevin Kiernan (

The 2010 Fall Meeting is a tour of prehistoric and historic archaeological and historical sites in the St. Simons Island area from Friday-Sunday, 15-17 October. The meeting formally begins in the Frederica Room at Sea Palms on Saturday morning. Registration 8-9 am; short orientation talks start at 9 am, before heading out on the tours. Pick up a printout of the agenda, with maps, at the 9 am orientation. Article includes suggestions for activities if you arrive early enough on Friday the 15th.

Archaeological sites to visitOnline news and research

Cave Spring hotel found to have log walls

Cave_Spring_hotel_log_reveal_RN-T_photo_CU.jpgThe Cave Spring Historical Society is seeking to restore the town’s old hotel, which has two-story squared-log walls that were long obscured by blue siding.

ArchaeoBusArchaeoBus NewsSGA notices onlineTeacher/Student

ArchaeoBus, Georgia National Fair, and seeds

Georgia_National_Fair_ArchaeoBus_CU.jpgVisit the Georgia National Fair—October 7–17 in Perry, and step into the ArchaeoBus! We’ll have lots of information plus activities for kids! Kids can make a seed packet for next spring, and plant seeds Native Americans in Georgia used to cultivate! The full story has a downloadable Fair map with the ArchaeoBus location marked, and a downloadable handout about Native American agriculture in Georgia.

ArchaeoBus NewsSGA notices online

ArchaeoBus scheduling for October 2010

SGA_ArchaeoBus_portrait_CUThe ArchaeoBus handlers have filled the ArchaeoBus schedule for October! There’s CoastFest, ten days at the Georgia National Fair, and then two days in Athens with teachers attending the Georgia Conference on the Social Studies!

Chapter NewsSGA notices online

GAAS schedules lecture on Maya archaeology

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (

GAAS_logo_100Dr. Terry Powis, a Mayan archaeologist on the faculty of Kennesaw State University, will speak before the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society, a chapter of the SGA, at the chapter’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 12th, at 7:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society

Fort Daniel named “Regionally Important Resource”

Submitted by James J. D'Angelo (

The Atlanta Regional Commission has recently released a draft of its PLAN 2040: Regional Resource Plan. Among the many important archaeological and historical resources highlighted in this 89-page document is Fort Daniel, a late 18th/early 19th century frontier settlement in Gwinnett County.