The SGA leadership
Board of Directors
Chair: Tammy Forehand Herron, Edgefield, South Carolina
Mrs. Herron has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Georgia Southern University. She currently serves as Curator for the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP), a position that she has held since late 1997. Prior to being hired as an Archaeological Field Technician with the SRARP in the early 1990s, Mrs. Herron was employed as a Field Technician with the USDA Forest Service in Gainesville, Georgia where she conducted fieldwork in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Aside from her duties as Curator, she has been conducting research of the George Galphin site at Silver Bluff Plantation in Aiken County, SC. The site is revealing interesting details of colonial life in South Carolina and Georgia, as Galphin later established another trading post near present-day Louisville, Georgia. Mrs. Herron is long term member of the Augusta Chapter of SGA.
Matthew Newberry graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2010 with a BA in Anthropology and marketing minor. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts and Social Sciences program at GSU. Newberry’s academic interests include coastal and lowland plantation archaeology, ceramic analysis, and incorporating laser scanning technology into research. His most recent project has been working on the Camp Lawton research project. Newberry is the logistical coordinator for the Camp Lawton/Magnolia Springs project and he assisted with the archaeological survey and test excavations of the site. Newberry is the president of the Georgia Southern Anthropological Society and holds memberships in the Society for Georgia Archaeology, the Society for Historical Archaeology, South Eastern Archaeological Conference, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After completing his masters degree, he plans to work in cultural resource management.
Inger Wood, Statesboro
Inger Wood received a BA in Anthropology and History and a Certificate in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Georgia. While in school she worked at the Georgia Archaeological Site File and participated in the Student Association for Archaeological Sciences. Since graduating she has worked in contract archaeology with various companies in Georgia and other states in the Southeast. She is recently obtained an MA in Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia.
Donald Thieme, Valdosta
Dr. Thieme has a PhD in Archaeological Geology from the University of Georgia and an MA in Conservation Archaeology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He teaches geomorphology and soils in the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at Valdosta State University. His active field projects include a collaboration with Dennis Blanton and Frankie Snow on the Ocmulgee River floodplain in the vicinity of the Glass site (9Tf145), a collaboration with Marvin Smith and Dan Elliot on urban house lots in Valdosta, and a collaboration with Stephen Hammack on his Ocmulgee River Basin Archaeological Project (ORBAP). Dr. Thieme worked for more than a decade as a consulting geoarcheologist with Geoarcheology Research Associates beginning in 1994. His first archaeological field experience was during the 1970′s with the Tennessee Division of Archaeology in the Nashville area while he was in college.
Tom Lewis, Smyrna
Mr. Lewis graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BA in History and from the University of Alabama with a MA and PhD in Anthropology. He currently works for Edwards-Pitman Environmental as the Senior Archaeologist and Laboratory Manager. His thesis work was conducted in the Mobile Bay region of Alabama and focused on nineteenth-century Indians who remained following removal. His dissertation work examined the Late Mississippi period occupation of the Lower Big Black region of west-central Mississippi and the relationship between the relatively small chiefdoms in that region to much larger chiefly societies in surrounding parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley. His work in Georgia has primarily been focused on the late prehistoric and protohistoric periods. Dr. Lewis has a personal interest in public education and outreach and works with local civic groups and schools to educate their members about the importance of Georgia’s unique archaeological and historic resources.
Phillip T. “PT” Ashlock, Savannah
Mr. Ashlock’s educational background includes undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Archaeology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Architectural History and a PhD in Anthropology with an emphasis on the archaeology of ancient and historic buildings/structures. He has formal training in underwater/maritime archaeology and extensive diving experience including both civilian and military advanced dive certifications. He has conducted/participated in maritime archaeological research in several areas of the United States including California, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and throughout the world including Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia.
His past research has been focused on Native American habitation throughout the southeast region, Revolutionary War and Civil War era site surveys, including battlefield archaeology and mortuary archaeology related to these sites and early African-American settlements along the southern coast and along the Savannah River. Mr. Ashlock is currently working with The SEARCH Institute and The LAMAR Institute on several projects involving Historic Preservation and Archaeology in Georgia and the Southeast.
Amanda Morrow, Marietta
Ms. Morrow graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in photography. Amanda received her Masters of Arts in Social Science in Anthropology from Georgia Southern University in 2012. She assisted in the excavation of artifacts at the Camp Lawton site and photographed the artifacts for publication. Civil War history, artifact photography, and numismatics are among her areas of expertise and professional interests. She is a member of Lambda Alpha Anthropological Honors Society. Amanda plans to continue specializing in Civil War archaeology and plans to pursue her PhD.
Joseph Roberts, Augusta
Mr. Roberts is a Lab Manager at the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) laboratory in Augusta. He received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro and his Master of Arts at East Carolina University. Joseph has nine years historic and prehistoric archaeological field and laboratory experience from Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and abroad in Greece and Jamaica. He also studied archaeology during an exchange program at the University of Hull in England. Joseph is particularly interested in prehistoric archaeology, coastal and island archaeology, rescue archaeology, and archaeology of the Chalcolithic period, Bronze, and Iron Ages.
Ex-Officio/Immediate Past-President: Catherine Long, Lawrenceville
Ms. Long received her Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina, specializing in Historic Archaeology. She also holds a Museum Management Certificate from the University and is currently the Education Program Coordinator at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. She started her career as a field and laboratory technician at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and later worked for Atlanta-based TRC and New South Associates. Through her membership with SGA, the Archaeological Association of South Carolina, Society for Historical Archaeology, and Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society where she serves on the Board of Directors, Ms. Long has assisted with numerous outreach events and presentations at conferences.
President: Tammy Forehand Herron, Edgefield, South Carolina
Vice-President and President-Elect: Leslie Perry
Ms. Perry graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Anthropology and from Fort Hays State University, Kansas, with an MA in Social Science focusing on SE Native American History and Archaeology. She has archaeological and museum experience in GA, NM, and SC and is an active member of the Atlanta and Gwinnett chapters of SGA. She is a member of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists.
Secretary: Pamela J. Baughman, Griffin
Ms. Baughman graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and, while a student, worked for the Georgia Archaeological Site Files. Following graduation, she was employed by the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program as a field technician/field crew chief on archaeological survey and testing projects. She has worked in Curation for the Augusta Museum of History and other historic sites, and is an active member of numerous local, state, and regional archaeological societies/organizations. Ms. Baughman received her MA from the University of Alabama and is currently employed as an archaeologist with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Treasurer: Rick Sellers, Atlanta
Rick has made a career of banking but also studied anthropology at the University of Georgia, and attended field school at the King Site in northwest Georgia.
Other Officials of the SGA
Parliamentarian: position unfilled
Managing Editor, Early Georgia: David Hally, Athens
Professor of Anthropology, University of Georgia. PhD, Harvard University.
Editor, Early Georgia: M. Jared Wood, Statesboro
Jared is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Georgia Southern University.
Editor, The Profile/website content: Ben Steere, Carrollton
Dr. Steere is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Georgia.
ArchaeoBus Manager: Rita Elliott, Rincon; temporary manager: Nick Joseph, New South Associates, Stone Mountain
Rita is past President of the SGA. She originated and developed the idea for the ArchaeoBus and made it happen. For approximately the first half of 2013, the ArchaeoBus is being managed by Nick Joseph.
Website/Technology Committee Chair: Sammy Smith, Atlanta
Sammy established SGA’s first website, helped produce The Profile for some years, conceived of and contributed to the 2001 “Resources at Risk” issue of Early Georgia, and is a past President of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists.