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
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
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.
I was flattered today to find this story about me helping people find lost rings. The Herald Leader is Lexington’s largest newspaper. More information about finding lost items can be found here.
In 2012, I located Mr. Edward Yellman’s dog tags laying side by side while metal detecting. I looked him up in an online database and then did some sleuthing through real estate transactions, obituaries and so forth to locate him, including a mailing address. I wrote a short note and included his tags – I
(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,
A farm manager contacted me regarding the loss of his pocket pistol while he was mowing at his farm. Of course, their primary concern was the safety of any kids who might find the gun – it was small and could be mistaken for a toy. Recent rains would likely render the shells useless, but
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