Archaeology Guided Hike this Saturday!

November 1 at Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island Guided Hike: Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Late Archaic Native Americans to the 20th centuryThe hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head at 3pm and is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets or RSVP at Eventbrite.com.

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Digging Savannah Events for Fall 2014

Upcoming Digging Savannah Events for the Fall of 2014:

October 25
Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah: Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites. The tour starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) at 3pm. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com.

November 1
Skidaway Island Guided Hike: Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Late Archaic Native Americans to the 20th centuryThe hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head at 3pm and is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets or RSVP at Eventbrite.com.

November 6
Distinguished archaeologist Dr. David Hurst Thomas will be speaking about his work on St. Catherines Island. Encompassing nearly 40 years of work, Dr. Thomas has excavated Native American sites 5,000 years old through to the 16th century Spanish mission, Santa Catalina de Guale. Bishop Hartmayer will introduce Dr. Thomas and speak about the importance of archaeology and the Spanish mission site. The lecture will take place at Benedictine Military School at 6pm.
Many thanks to our co-sponsor, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.

Fall 2014 Digging Savannah Poster

Fall 2014 Digging Savannah Poster

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Digging Savannah @ PastForward

Digging Savannah @ PastForward

We’ll be offering a field study at PastForward, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference this November. 

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Questions about archaeology?

Have you ever found an artifact on your property? Did you wonder what to do with it? Perhaps you know of an archaeology site on your property but aren’t sure how to protect it. Digging Savannah has a new resource for you. Download our brochure to find the answer to these questions and other practical tips for landowners and developers.

Learn about:

  • protecting archaeology sites on your property
  • developing your property without destroying archaeology sites
  • private property laws and archaeology sites
  • how the National Historic Preservation Act might affect your business
  • when and where it is legal to dig for artifacts
  • when you should not dig for artifacts
  • how to report archaeological finds

 

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Spring 2014 public programs

Digging Savannah will be offering three public walking tours, and the ArchaeoBus will be returning for two days.  More detailed information is available in Upcoming Programs.

February 22 and April  5- Skidaway Island Guided Hike

Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Native Americans to moonshiners. AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert will lead the hike, which starts at the Big Ferry Trail head. The hike is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets here.

March 15- Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah

Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites. AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert will lead the tour, which starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) at 2pm. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to diggingsavannah@gmail.com or via the Facebook event site.

The ArchaeoBus

The ArchaeoBus will be returning to Savannah! On February 28, Abby the ArchaeoBus will be on  the Armstrong campus (10am-4pm). Armstrong students and home school students are particularly encouraged to attend. Then on March 1, the ArchaeoBus will be in the Savannah Mall, free and open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

Abby the Archaeobus, a creation of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, is a former bookmobile retrofitted with archaeology hands-on activities. Abby travels throughout the state, visiting school groups, giving presentations, and even touring the State Fair!

Archaeobus

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Davenport House Museum Archaeology

The Davenport House has two public archaeology events coming up! The first is a workshop and the second is an excavation in the museum’s backyard. Details are below. Please note that you need to rsvp to help at the dig. Both activities are an extra credit opportunity for Ms. Seifert’s Introduction to Archaeology class (ANTH 3820).

Participate in an Archaeology Project at the Davenport House

Who:  Davenport House Museum and The Lamar Institute

What:  Archaeology Workshop- Learn about the evidence found from a Ground Penetrating Radar analysis as well as general practices/techniques and plans for the evacuations at the DH.  There will be hands-on activities!

When:  Wednesday, January 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Where:  Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton Street

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What:  Archaeological Excavation

When: Saturday, January 18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Sign-up to help in one hour increments.

Where:  Davenport House Museum – Courtyard Garden, 324 E. State Street

Details:  The Davenport House is conducting an archaeological project to learn more about history of its property – Lots 13 and 14 in Columbia Ward. The community is invited to participate in the workshop and excavation at the Davenport House.

Call to learn more and to reserve a place.  912/236-8097
info@davenporthousemuseum.org

Dan Elliott of the LAMAR Institute supervises archaeologists collecting ground penetrating radar data during the Savannah Under Fire Project in Lafayette Square, 2009.

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Digging Savannah Guided Hike November 2

On November 2, we will be hosting a second guided hike at Skidaway Island State Park. Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Late Archaic Native Americans to the 20th century. The three-mile hikes will be led by AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert.  The hike starts at the Big Ferry Trail head promptly at 4pm and is expected to be approximately 2 hours. These hikes are recommended for kids and adults 12 years and older.

The hike is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Advance tickets only. Buy tickets here. Friends members, please RSVP at the ticketing link.

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Visiting St. Catherines’ Island

Armstrong Archaeology students, Anthropology Club members, and Digging Savannah professors had the great privilege of touring St. Catherines’ Island yesterday with archaeologist David Hurst Thomas. Dr. Thomas has been working on St. Catherines’ for nearly 40 years investigating Native American prehistory and the Spanish Colonial mission founded in the late 1500s.

A huge thanks goes to Dr. Thomas and the rest of the archaeologists (and ornithologists) for their hospitality!

Dr. Thomas (red shirt) talks to students about a 3,000 year old burial mound. The archaeologists call this vehicle the "pope mobile".

Dr. Thomas (red shirt) talks to students about a 3,000 year old burial mound. The archaeologists call this vehicle the “pope mobile”.

Palms mark the location of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale chapel's structural beams. Dr. Thomas is explaining the mission's history and its archaeological discovery to our students and a group of birders seated on benches in the church.

Palms mark the location of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale chapel’s structural beams. Dr. Thomas is explaining the mission’s history and its archaeological discovery to our students and a group of birders seated on benches in the church.

Armstrong students observing the current dig at the mission site.

Armstrong students observing the current dig at the mission site.

Current excavation locations are dictated by site erosion caused by climate change.

Current excavation locations are dictated by site erosion caused by climate change.

Students learned about the natural geology of the island and how geology affects what types of archaeology sites we find.

Students learned about the natural geology of the island and how geology affects what types of archaeology sites we find.

Tabby buildings from plantations on the island after the mission period. Tabby is a building material similar to concrete. The roof structure is a modern addition to preserve the tabby ruins.

Tabby buildings from plantations on the island after the mission period. Tabby is a building material similar to concrete. The roof structure is a modern addition to preserve the tabby ruins.

St. Catherines' Island view as we ride between sites on the pope mobile.

St. Catherines’ Island view as we ride between sites on the pope mobile.

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Digging Savannah Walking Tour This Saturday

Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites in Digging Savannah’s walking tour of downtown.

Today is October 9, the anniversary of the Battle of Savannah in 1779. We will start the tour with the archaeology conducted on this battle site and wind our way throughout downtown. The tour, led by AASU archaeology professor Laura Seifert, starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to diggingsavannah@gmail.com.

Battlefield Park flagpole with 1776 flag

Battlefield Park flagpole with 1776 flag

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Dig Sav Guided Hike at Skidaway Island State Park

Big thanks to everyone who came to today’s guided hike at Skidaway Island State Park. We visited several archaeology sites covering 6,000 years of history! Our next walking tour is October 12 through downtown Savannah. It starts at the Battlefield Park flagpole (next to the railroad musuem). All of the tours start at 4pm and are recommended for kids over 12 and adults.

Starting out on the hike.

Starting out on the hike.

Some of the kids found artifacts like this small sherd of colonial bottle glass.

Some of the kids found artifacts like this small sherd of colonial bottle glass. 

We learn about the Civil War earthworks and plantation history of the island.

We learn about the Civil War earthworks and plantation history of the island.

Oyster shells from Native American shell middens are one the most common artifacts at the park.

Oyster shells from Native American shell middens are one the most common artifacts at the park.

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