Officers

President: KC Jones

KC Jones Bio

Vice-President: Mary Porter Freeman

Porter Bio

Secretary: Lori Thompson, Stone Mountain

Ms. Lori Thompson has over 15 years of archaeological experience in CRM. She participated in field excavations across the southeastern United States as a field technician and project supervisor. Her most recent CRM experience has been as the Archaeology Lab Director for Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. Ms. Thompson received her BA degree in 1996 from Georgia Southern University and her MA degree in 2016 from Georgia State University.

Treasurer: Lee Herron, Augusta

Mr. Lee Herron is married to Tammy F. Herron and has two daughters, Courtney Paige Herron and Summer Herron Wolfgram. Lee and Tammy have one granddaughter, Aidyn Grace Wolfgram. He retired from Procter & Gamble in 2013, after 27 years of service as an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic. After a three day retirement, he accepted a position with Kellogg Company in the same capacity. He is a War Between The States (Civil War) reenactor and is a Life Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, both, at the National and State level. His camp is the Brigadier General E. Porter Alexander #158 in Augusta, GA. He has held numerous positions within his camp including two years as Commander and six years as Treasurer. Lee also has a home based business named Dixieland Currency that buys and sells Confederate, 19th century Southern Obsolete Bank and Southern States currency. He is also an avid collector.

Editor, Early Georgia: Kate Deeley, Lawrenceville

Dr. Kathryn H. Deeley completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, in May 2015 with a focus on historical and African American archaeology. She received a Masters in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland in 2011, and a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Wake Forest University in 2009. Her most recent research explores how identities are created, maintained, and reinforced through the consumption and use of material culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Annapolis, Maryland. Additionally, she has conducted research at both prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Portugal. She managed the Archaeology in Annapolis laboratory for four years, has taught anthropology courses at the University of Maryland, the Catholic University of America, and is currently teaching Anthropology in the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College. In addition to SGA, she is also a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the Society for Historical Archaeology, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Editor, The Profile: Delana Gilmore, Buford

Delana Bio

Parliamentarian: Vacant
Ex-officio/Past-President: Stefan Brannan, Athens

Dr. Stefan Brannan received a B.A in Philosophy and Archaeology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2000 and 2001, an M.Sc. in Archaeological Resource Management in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2018 from the University of Georgia. He is currently a Principal Investigator for New South Associates in their Athens, GA office. His dissertation research explored the diverse ways in which peoples and communities organized themselves to make society work in the lower Chattahoochee River valley circa. AD 1100-1500 through an intensive investigation of the large ancestral tribal town at Singer-Moye. His active research interests involve complex middle range societies, anthropological and archaeological theory, settlement archaeology, and regional survey.

Board of Directors

LK Schnitzer, Lawrenceville

Ms. Laura Kate (LK) Schnitzer is an archaeologist and field director at AECOM in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Maritime Studies with a focus in Archaeology from East Carolina University. LK has experience with all phases of both maritime and terrestrial archaeology, including remote sensing, survey, testing, excavation, artifact conservation, and analysis. She has worked on cultural resource management projects in thirteen U.S. states, and abroad on heritage based projects in Sweden, Namibia, and Jordan.

Richard Moss, Atlanta

Mr. Richard Moss is a professional CRM archaeologist from Georgia. He received both his B.A. in Anthropology (2007) and M.S. in Archaeological Resource Management (2010) from the University of Georgia. He currently works with for Edwards-Pitman Environmental in Smyrna as a Principal Investigator. Richard has participated in survey and excavation projects throughout the Southeast but particularly adores the archaeology of his home state. Richard is keen on archaeological applications of technologies like remote sensing and GIS. In addition to SGA, he is a member of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Brian Greer, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield

Mr. Brian Greer serves as the Installation Archaeologist and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Program Leader at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, currently under contract with Aerostar, LLC.  He received his B.A. in Anthropology from Georgia Southern University (1991) and a M.A. in Historic Archaeology from Georgia Southern University (2006).  He has 19 years of experience at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield conducting archaeological surveys and excavations, site recording, curation, historic cemetery recordation, and archaeological/historic research.  In 2012, Mr. Greer’s CRM Program was awarded the Secretary of the Army’s Environmental Award for Cultural Resources.  His research interests include the naval stores industry, railroad/tramlines, and historic cemeteries.  In 2013, under a Department of Defense Legacy project, he contributed to the development of an archaeological and historic context of the naval stores industry of coastal GA, FL, and SC through a collaborative effort with LG2 Environmental and Southeast Horizons, Inc.  He has volunteered at various archaeological sites across Middle and South Georgia and is a member of the Society for Georgia Archaeology and the Society for Historic Archaeology.  Mr. Greer was also a temporary instructor at Georgia Southern University where he taught Cultural Resource Management – Laws and Regulations.

Liz Williamson, Pine Mountain

Ms. Elizabeth Williamson received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Auburn University in December 2003. While a student, Ms. Williamson attended two field schools and often performed cultural resource management surveys on the weekends under the direction of Dr. John Cottier. After graduating, she continued to work for Auburn University as a field technician. In August 2006, Ms. Williamson moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee. Under the direction of her committee chairman, Dr. Walter Klippel, she completed her Master’s Thesis, entitled “A Faunal Analysis of 1WX15, the Indian Hill site, Wilcox County, Alabama,” and obtained her Master of Arts in Anthropology from UTK in August 2010. In September 2010, she was hired by Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants, Inc. as a Staff Archaeologist, where she continues to be employed to this day. Since joining Southern Research, she has directed a wide variety of projects in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. Her research interests are similarly extensive and varied, ranging from historic granite quarrying in the Piedmont of South Carolina to how prehistoric technology and foodways can inform the modern sustainable farming movement. She has, over the past year and a half, become the GIS technician for Southern Research as well, and looks forward to expanding her GIS skills from basic map-making to complex data analysis. She has served on the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, first as Vice-President, then President, and is currently serving as Past-President. She has thoroughly enjoyed attending SGA meetings and is excited to have the opportunity to become further involved through service on the SGA board.

Susan Olin, Atlanta

Susan’s Bio

Jera Davis, Atlanta

Jera’s Bio

Lindsey Cochran, Athens

Dr. Lindsey Cochran graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010 with a B.S. in Anthropology, from the University of West Florida in 2013 with a M.A. in Anthropology, and in 2019 graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Ph.D. in Anthropology, along the way working for CRM firms like TVAR and SEARCH in the Southeast United States. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Laboratory of Archaeology at the University of Georgia. Her current research is twofold: (1) create a model of the type and location of anticipated archaeological sites using data from known cultural resources in the state of Georgia and (2) create a timeline of when known and as of yet unidentified cultural resources on the Georgia coastal islands and nearby mainland are threatened by climate changes such as rising sea levels. Her dissertation research also took place in Georgia, studying the spatial and social organization of planation settlements on the coastal islands. More specifically, she investigated wattle and tabby daub architecture on the Sapelo Plantation to situate the use of this more traditional African and Caribbean settlement style within the context of the Atlantic World. Dr. Cochran is interested in applying cutting-edge technological methods to revisit classical and fundamental research questions of Georgia archaeology, namely, where did people live and why.

Ryan McNutt, Statesboro

Dr. Ryan McNutt earned his B.Sc. in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006, and his MLitt and PhD in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow, where he specialized in conflict archaeology. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Georgia Southern University, and the Director of the Camp Lawton Archaeological Project. He has worked on CRM projects in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, and on conflict related and non-conflict sites in Scotland, Poland, and France from the Neolithic through the Iron Age and Roman Periods, to both World Wars. His research interests include utilizing technology such as LIDAR and GIS to answer questions about battlefield and conflict sites, power and dominance in the landscape, and the impact of violence on non-combatants. Dr. McNutt’s work in Georgia has focused on the POW site of Camp Lawton, as well as the American Revolution battle of Brier Creek, and he is currently using LIDAR to investigate two Civil War battle sites in Jenkins and Burke Counties, associated with Sherman’s March to the Sea. His current work has a strong public education and outreach component, with public days on sites, and outreach to local schools and interested groups to promote an understanding and appreciation of Georgia’s history and archaeology.

Rhianna Bennett, Jacksonville, Florida

Ms. Rhianna Bennett graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and from Georgia Southern University in 2018 with a Masters in Social Sciences as well as a Certificate in Public History. Her thesis research aimed to explore the current and potential use and relevance of archaeology within Georgia public education. She also helped to create the upcoming permanent exhibit on the Cultural History of the Coastal Plain at the Georgia Southern Museum. Her primary interests and research goals include public outreach, archaeology of Georgia and surrounding states, and archaeology and popular culture. Ms. Bennett is employed as a Project Archaeologist at LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc. based out of Jacksonville, FL.

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