Armstrong Atlantic State University announces its first semester-long program devoted to archaeology, Digging Savannah. The grant-funded program, led by archaeology and anthropology faculty members Barbara Bruno and Laura Seifert, will bring a number of noted leaders in the field, including the American Museum of Natural History’s David Hurst Thomas, to Armstrong to offer their expertise on a variety of archaeological marvels in the area, from Jenkins County to St. Catherines Island. All lectures begin at 6:00 p.m. in Armstrong’s Ogeechee Theatre, 11935 Abercorn St., and are free and open to the public.
The Digging Savannah lecture series kicked off on January 24 with Rita Elliott’s talk, “Savannah, What’s Under Your Feet?” Elliott, education coordinator and research associate with the LAMAR institute and lead archaeologist on the 1779 Savannah Battlefield project, addressed the wealth of intriguing secrets in our soil, why they are important and how we can rescue them from being lost forever.
Future events in the Digging Savannah program will include a visit from the Society of Georgia Archaeology’s
(SGA) Archaeobus, and the development of the DigSav app, a student-created smartphone app that will lead users through a walking tour of Savannah’s archaeological sites. More details will be forthcoming.
For more information on Digging Savannah, visit the web site www.diggingsavannah. wordpress.com and Facebook www.facebook.com/DiggingSavannah page. For location directions, see Armstrong’s interactive map www.armstrong.edu/About/ visit_ aasu/campus_ map.