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,
Chris Espenshade, regional director of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group and I have been talking on and off about avocational detectorist partnerships with archaeologists since last year, and today he emailed me to let me know of a new program being held in Chicago on September 13-14 of this year at McFedridge Park (California/Irving Park) 3843 N
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