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Press Release

New State Archaeologist for Georgia Named

Atlanta, Ga. (4/12/2012)

The State Archaeologist (SA) has wide-ranging responsibilities under state code.  These include managing critical publicly-owned archaeological sites to insure their survival for future generations, directing research by universities on public lands to inform those management decisions, and developing interpretive and other materials to communicate to Georgians the importance of their publicly-owned resources.  Director Crass said, “Bryan has done an outstanding job over the last several years improving DNR’s management and decision-making processes.  He also brings strength to our public interpretation and education efforts.  I’m proud to have him on the DNR team.”

Dr. Tucker received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2009 and holds an M.A. from Louisiana State University and a B.A. from Georgia State University.  He is a specialist in the application of stable isotopes to archaeological questions and is currently investigating the use of augmented reality to better convey archaeological interpretation to the public.

Dr. Tucker has over 14 years of archaeological experience throughout the Southeast including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and North and South Carolina. Additionally, he has conducted research in Belize and more recently in Portugal where he excavated a diverse array of sites including Bronze Age hill forts, Roman villas, and Neandertal campsites. Dr. Tucker has published and collaborated on several articles in peer-review journals including Southeastern Archaeology and the Journal of Archaeological Science, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), a Carnegie Mellon Foundation program.

Dr. Tucker lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Megan, who teaches Anthropology at Kennesaw State University and their daughter Eavan who is in second grade at Sara Harp Minter Elementary.  He enjoys reading and games, as well as fishing with his daughter.

The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia.  HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance. 

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.   
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Historic Preservation Division media contact is Helen Talley-McRae, public affairs coordinator - 404-651-5268 and helen.talley-mcrae@dnr.state.ga.us  

Photos available upon request from Charlie Miller, media & communications coordinator - 404-651-5287 and charlie.miller@dnr.state.ga.us