When I hear detectorists talking about “Saving History” these days I can’t help but form the follow up questions in my head. Saving for whom? Saving from what? What do you think history is? Who will access what you’ve saved so that it’s useful? How will you ensure the “history” you’ve saved is available after
With the holiday break, I've made a lot of progress on the exploratory survey of the Civil War Union campsite in NE Kentucky. It's been incredibly enjoyable combination of research, reading, field time and cataloging.
While my initial interest was on the cooperation element of metal detecting and archaeology professionals, there was more to it for me. I come from a coal mining family, and witnessed family members involvement in often violent labor struggles and prolonged, financially difficult labor strikes, so I was even more drawn into this story.
Last week I started on a brand new detecting/archaeology volunteering/partnership working with my friend, the “Bourbon Archaeologist” Nick Laracuente. Our new project is surveying and excavation of the Jack Jouett distillery in Kentucky. (You can get involved in this project by visiting this page.) For the first visit, the task was to try to define the borders
I received a series of questions on my last post from a reader named Byron. As I started my response, I realized that I’ve heard a similar question at least a dozen times recently, so thought a new post made sense. My response is below. Here’s his comment: I’ve been following the progress of
After an enjoyable day working the front lawn at Montpelier on the first day, day two at Montpelier started out with a downpour. It rained hard and we spent several hours in the archaeology lab hearing Dr. Reeves discuss metal detecting techniques (woodland grids) as well as a fascinating (yes, really!) presentation on dating a site with nails.