The LAMAR Institute was incorporated in the state of Georgia as a non-profit organization for the purpose of conducting archaeological research in the southeastern United States and educating the public about archaeology. Since its inception in 1982 the LAMAR Institute has sponsored a wide range of projects to achieve these ends. The LAMAR Institute has worked closely with Universities, Federal agencies, State agencies, and private organizations in conducting this work. Projects range from an art exhibition of contemporary Native American art to archaeological excavations at the "dead town" of New Ebenezer in the south Georgia swamp. Of paramount concern in all LAMAR Institute projects is the rapid dissemination of accurate factual information about the project to the general public.
The mission of the LAMAR Institute is to conduct archaeological and historical research in the Southeastern United States and to advance public archaeological education