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Conflict Archaeology Papers of Interest from Fields of Conflict Conference 2018

The Proceedings from Fields of Conflict Conference 2018 offered two papers of particular interest to me from friends and associates. Conflict Archaeology, Material Culture, and the Role of Validation Studies in Interpreting the Past by  Douglas D. Scott,  Joel Bohy, Charles Haecker, William Rose and Patrick Severts This paper is fascinating, exploring the ways that battlefield bullets

Scott Clark Featured in Chevy Chaser Magazine for Metal Detecting

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

We Won One of Kentucky’s Top History Awards!

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

An Often Indefensible Assertion: “We’re Saving History.”

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

A Dedicated Detectorist Works w/Archaeologists to Preserve Blair Mountain

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.

National Geographic “Diggers” in Kentucky

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