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
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.
Somewhere in Jessamine County, Kentucky, there lies a Garrett Pinpointer. Lost in 2012, it is surely ruined now by snow, rain and ice. And perhaps was eaten or smashed by a cow. Or something. At $120 a pop, these things are not cheap – and losing something like this can disrupt our precious detecting time.
The Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists are publishing "30 Days of Archaeology." One of my projects, the Goodnight Cemetery is one of the posts. Fascinating stuff - Enjoy!!!
I’ve been using the excellent new NEL Big coil (it’s 15 x 17 inches, y’all!) in some of my civil war camp searches over the past few weeks in a successful attempt to sniff out fragments of friction primers (many are pictured on my Instagram feed.) But the reality is that the NEL coil is heavy (2.3
Sometimes it’s hard to estimate the diameter of a cannonball with only a fragment, so here’s a quick way to calculate it using two rulers and a bit of geometry in just a few seconds. After a while you’ll be able to just look at the fragment. This does require a fragment similar to what
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.
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
Time Travel with Your Smartphone. Bridging Old Maps and GPS Coordinates for an Augmented Reality Like Experience in the Field. A year or so ago, I became familiar with Maprika – and used it for a long mountain bike trail for which I only had a paper map. It kept me from getting lost!