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Ervan Garrison

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Professor of Anthropology and Geology INAS Steering Committee Member

Ervan Garrison is Professor of Anthropology and Geology and former Head of the Department of Anthropology at UGA. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee of INAS.

Dr. Garrison is the author of several books, including Geological Methods for Archaeology, A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods, and Techniques for Archaeological Geology. He pioneered the use of non-invasive techniques, such as ground penetrating radar, that permit the exploration and mapping of sensitive archaeological sites without disturbing or excavating them. He is a recognized expert in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in the state of Georgia. In 2008, Dr. Garrison led the UGA team that located the footprint of the Cherokee Female Seminary, a school in Park Hill, OK, which burned in 1887. 

Dr. Garrison notes, "With the recent breaking of the 'Clovis Barrier', New World archaeology has been freed to examine a new paradigm of earlier settlement of the Americas. The possibilities these present are immense, particularly for the potentially rich locales for evidence of coastal maritime groups. American archaeology has entered a new era of enhanced awareness of the rights of Indians to their ancestors' remains and patrimony. The use in the U.S. by less destructive means to locate and characterize the remains of human habitation is a hopeful sign of better archaeology practices. UGA has led in this area, using both digital radar and magnetic sensors in portable and laboratory settings to characterize archaeological finds. Having been lucky enough to have grown up in a rich Indian cultural setting, I am excited to participate in new and respectful ways in the study of the history and humanity of that part of our heritage." 

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Selected Publications:

Geological Methods for Archaeology

 A History of Engineering and Technology: Artful Methods, and Techniques for Archaeological Geology

Events featuring Ervan Garrison

UGA professors Ervan Garrison and Jim Wilson will make Zoom webinar presentations to an audience of students and faculty at Seminole State College , Seminole, Oklahoma—open to our UGA audience too. this event has been postponed. The new date will be announced here ASAP.

Geography-Geology Building 200A or Zoom (Meeting ID: 997 2477 2096)

INAS affiliated faculty member Ervan Garrison (Anthropology/Geology) will give a talk on the utility and processes of Archaeological Geology and Geophysics. Much of Dr. Garrison's work is related directly to the prehistory of the American Southeast and Native American populations and settlement patterns. Topics of the discussion will include the use of ground…


In the final HOMELAND RETURNS presentation this fall, Ervan Garrison and Jim Wilson will present in a Zoom webinar this Thursday morning at 10:30 am EST (9:30 am CST) to an audience of students, faculty, and staff at Seminole State College (Seminole, Oklahoma); and via Zoom to the UGA audience as well.

9:30-10:45 am CST (10:30-11:45 am EST)…

Leconte Hall 221 & zoom

Dr. Ervan Garrison (Choctaw) will present a talk on Native American perspectives on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) and the history of relevant US policy concerning Native American sites, artifacts, and ancestral remains. NAGPRA's landmark 1990 legislation has been difficult to implement and fraught with controversy. Dr. Garrison…

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