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Members of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists are professional archaeologists actively working in the state of Georgia. Membership in GCPA is not a requirement to earn contracts to do archaeology in Georgia.

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No Evidence of Maya in Prehistoric Georgia

In December of 2011, Richard Thornton claimed that an archaeological site with stone terraces and piles located in northern Georgia represents a ceremonial center built by Mayan immigrants. In one of his numerous follow-up articles, Thornton claims that this site contains the remains of a stacked stone serpent effigy; a vast rainwater collection and distribution […]


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Fall 2013 Meeting

Hey all,   Following the board meeting of the SGA, the Fall Meeting of the GCPA will be held on Friday October 25 from 4-6 pm in the University Room of the Holiday Inn on the edge of downtown Athens. Items on the agenda include a new policy of the SHPO regarding when development can commence at […]


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Spring 2012 Meeting Follow-up: Discussion on Metal Detecting Standards

standardsGA – AMDA presentation Thanks to all who attended and participated in the Spring 2012 GCPA meeting at Georgia Gwinnett College.  Thanks also to our guests, AMDA’s Chris Espenshade, Patrick Severts, and Sheldon Skaggs, for their presentation on a proposal of Standards for Metal Detecting in Georgia. I thought the discussion was engaging and productive, and […]

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Apply for membership!

Membership is in the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists is open to anyone who who adheres to the Code of Conduct of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and who either (a) holds a Master’s degree or higher in Anthropology, or a closely related discipline, with an emphasis archaeology and is actively involved in Georgia archaeology […]


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Laws Pertaining to the Looting of Archaeological Sites

Brackets [] encompass inserted text meant to clarify the wording, but are not words in the law. These citations are not legally binding and are only for reference. Citations may not be complete. Federal Laws Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (16 U.S.C. 470) –an Act to protect archaeological resource on public lands and Indian […]

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The Fakery of Artifactery

Scott Jones examines how easy it is for unscrupulous people to create phony versions of cultural artifacts, and how claims of “authenticated” status might not mean as much as you think.

Fun at Past Meetings

SGA visits Ocmulgee National Monument:
a video scrapbook

Breaking our usual pattern, SGA and GCPA met in conjunction with SEAC 2000. The well-attended Saturday (11 November) meeting featured tours of the site, a barbeque, and live music. Click here to see the Great Spirits of SEAC photos.


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Great Spirits of SEAC 2000

Preparing the comestible and libation room Members of the Council came out in force under the leadership of Michelle Martin to prepare the spread for our guests from 7—11 pm on Thursday 9 November.


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Unicoi hosts spring 2000 meetings

Our spring 2000 meetings were held at the Unicoi Lodge at Unicoi State Park, near Helen in Northeast Georgia. We have a few video-capture images here for those of you with relatively fast internet connections.

Archive Publication

1992 State of Georgia Archaeology

The council published a document in 1992 entitled The State of Georgia Archaeology. The document in Adobe Acrobat PDF form is available by clicking here (caution: 3 MB download, which might take a while on dialup connections.)


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