Mark Williams discussing returned artifacts in Hickory, N.C.

Faculty member Mark Williams now holds emeritus status within the department. He remains director of both the university’s archaeology laboratory and the Georgia Archaeological Site File.

An area native, Williams has been working on local archaeological research since his undergraduate days, though his interest in the Southeast’s earliest inhabitants was strong well before then. He earned his Ph.D. from UGA in 1983. When asked why he chose to remain in Georgia, Williams replied, “Why would I want to go anywhere else? This is where all the good stuff is.”

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