Emeritus faculty member Mark Williams remains director of both the university’s archaeology laboratory and the Georgia Archaeological Site File. A thematic issue of the journal Southeastern Archaeology brings together former students of Williams to celebrate his legacy to the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Southeast.
Thomas Pluckhahn, (Ph.D. ’02) has been working with Williams since his undergraduate days and writes the leadoff article, “Celebrating the legacy of Mark Williams from the Oconee Valley to far beyond.” Read it here.
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.”
Photograph courtesy University of Georgia Laboratory of Archaeology: Mark Williams in the field at the Joe Bell site, Georgia, in 1977.