Brian Mabelitini and I were honored last night by the Kentucky Historical Society by the receipt of the Brigadier Gen. William R. Buster award for military history – specifically our metal detecting archaeology project and paper about discoveries near the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. I’m so appreciative of the nomination by park manager Joni House and support by
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
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.
Excellent new presentation from Terry Brock (Montpelier Foundation) and Lynne Goldstein of MSU on use of Social Media by Archaeologists presented at the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice at MSU August 17-22, 2015. Social Media and Archaeology: Where Does it Fit and Why Should We Participate? from Terry Brock
My next project will be to produce a small gallery of artifacts using the Google Open Gallery tool, just released for personal use. I hope to learn the ins and outs of the system and to take notes that would be applicable to more ambitious projects. I plan to show the project to my Archaeology
The popular National Geographic show “Diggers” visited Ashland this past Spring and I was unable to talk about it, but now that the episode’s been announced, I thought I’d provide some links and invite “KG” and “Ringy” to chime in on the discussion. I am very hopeful to do more follow up detecting at
Leith Mullings, president of the American Anthropological Association wrote a letter to Matt Sharp of Sharp Entertainment offering his feelings on the Dig Wars program on The Travel Channel: Dear Mr. Sharp: The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and its 12,000 members worldwide join other professional organizations and concerned communities in urging you to withdraw or modify
The Swastika is one of the most powerful symbols on Earth, causing quite a primal reaction for many. Whenever you see it on an artifact, such as this Wigg’s Chemical token I found yesterday at an old farmhouse, you know the object is pre-1940s… as is the case with this (1931-1933 estimated.) On this object,