I will be speaking at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) next Spring in Albuquerque on a panel for best practices related to amateur and professional Archaeologists cooperation. I’ve spoken at the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) in the past on similar topics. I’ll post more specifics as details emerge, and bring back takeaways.
It was so cool to get featured in the magazine for the January 2017 issue. The team at Smiley Pete did a great job on this article. Somewhere west of Lexington on a wooded Kentucky hillside, Scott Clark sweeps his metal detector through the undergrowth in measured, graceful arcs, listening intently to the cacophony of
Now, string wrapped and stakes pulled, after a year of sweat, bee stings and poison ivy I will be presenting a paper at the next SHA with my friend and Archaeologist Brian Mabelitini on a significant new set of discoveries we’ve made related to the Civil War in Kentucky.
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
This post is an avocational detectorist's response to the thoughtful protest post by Craig Swain about DIV (Digging in Virginia) metal detecting rally at “Ransack a Historic Site”
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.
I have been doing research on a large property which contains known US Civil War action, and I'm starting to build a data set - venturing even to construct several hypothesis about what happened there which I look forward to presenting to experts far more seasoned than I.
Scott Clark will be working with Dr. Kim Mcbride of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey to demonstrate archaeology and metal detecting methodology at historic homes. Don't miss it!
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.
(if the above video won’t play, please use this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3mej_9tSp8) This Google Hangout video was produced by National Trust for Historic Preservation was meant to correspond with their Winter 2015 edition of Preservation Magazine (linked at bottom.) – We discussed cooperation with metal detectorists and Archaeologists in a very informative video conference. During this hangout,