Dr. Bill White, long-time host of this show, talks to us about historical archaeology. What is historical archaeology? When does it start in the United States? When does it end? What are some of the biggest questions in historic archaeology? Also, what's going historic in 2019 as a result of the 50-year-rule. These questions and more on the 152nd running of the CRM Archaeology Podcast.
On today's episode we play some recordings from the 2018 Society for California Archaeology Meetings in San Diego, CA in March. It's a hodge-podge of stuff but I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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Ever wondered how those clothes in the past were created and worn? Well, Abby Cox of American Duchess and Royal Vintage Shoes did. She studied dress-making in the 18th century and has recreated those styles using the techniques of the period. This is a fascinating discussion about experimental historic archaeology. We even talk about hair care and how people kept clean in a time that seems so dirty when compared to modern times. The discussion might surprise you!
Once the only glassworks in Connecticut, the Pitkin factory is still partially standing today. It operated for almost 50 years and produced a number of unique and common styles of glassware.
On today's episode, we interview Tom King, the senior archaeologist for the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or, TIGHAR. They just finished their most recent expedition to the island where they think Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed their Lockheed Electra. It's still uncertain what happened after they landed, but, the evidence is building. This episode covers the most recent expedition to Nickamororo Island.
This is part 4 in a 4 part series that covers exploration and early settlement in Nevada. The source document is from a historic context created for the Nevada State Historic Preservation office and is provided below.
Bodie is an historic ghost town in California near the border with Nevada. It was a massive remote town for a few years in the 1800s and is now a California State Historic Park and popular tourist destination.
On today's episode we learn about a historic artifact found often on archaeological sites - the insulator. Available in glass or ceramic :)
On today's episode Dr. Doug Scott talks about the Moore's Mill Civil War Battle in Missouri. Missouri comes in third for most battles in the Civil War. Dr. Scott talks about how they were able to determine through archaeology exactly what happened there and he talks about an ancestor of his that fought on that site.
On today's episode we're going to learn about tin cans in the archaeological record. They're not just someone else's trash - they are important historical markers.
On today's episode we're going to learn about historic bottles. What are the parts of a bottle? How are they recorded by archaeologists? How can I date a bottle?
This information is a companion to a video from Professional Certifications for Scientists. Check out there video in the links below.
On today's show we celebrate the life of one of archaeology's greats - Dr. James Deetz. He is widely considered one of the fathers of historical archaeology and was a pioneer in many ways.
Bonnie Clark joins this episode to chat about her work at Amache, a Japanese-American Internment Camp that operated during WWII, and descendant populations.
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Buckle up! This week we look at an early 19th century military buckle from the Cabrits on Dominica, AKA the Gibraltar of the Caribbean, the Unfortunate Garrison or the Black Garrison. Why was this fortress known by the latter name? And why was an ornament of the West India Regiment left in a wattle and daub structure in the vicinity of this mighty fortress, together with a needle, glass bottles, French crockery and some other assorted finds? Fortunately, Alice and Angus are joined by Zachary Beier who found this object and the answers to our questions. Want to learn something about the surprising military and social history this object was witness to? Listen to this week’s episode of A History of the Caribbean in 100 Objects!
To look at while you listen to us:
- The importance of the Cabrits for Dominica’s national identity and how it was recently restored, by Dr. Lennox Honychurch.
- An overview of the excavations by Dr. Mark Hauser at Sugarloaf (plantation also mentioned by Zach in this episode)
- The page by the Dominican tourist board on the Cabrits. There isn’t much info there, so if you are interested in going there, why not have a look at Tripadvisor too?
- If this was interesting to you, why not listen to our episode with Todd Ahlmann on a coin he found from the same time period in St. Kitts. We briefly talk about Brimstone Hill and discuss enslaved life as it was outside of the military.
- Zach has recommended the following papers to us:
- Beier, Zachary J. M.
- 2014. The Cabrits Garrison. In The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology, edited by Basil Reid and R. Grant Gilmore III, pp. 83-84. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL.
- 2011. Initial Feasibility and Reconnaissance at the Cabrits Garrison, Dominica. In Proceedings of the XXIIII Congress of the International Association of Caribbean Archaeology
- Buckley, Roger Norman
- 1998. The British Army in the West Indies: Society and the Military in the Revolutionary Age. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
- 1980. “Black Man”—The Mutiny of the 8th (British) West India Regiment: A Microcosm of War and Slavery in the Caribbean. The Jamaican Historical Review, XII:52-76.
- 1979. Slaves in Red Coats: The British West India Regiments, 1795-1815. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT.
- Schroedl, Gerald F. and Todd M. Ahlman
- 2002. The Maintenance of Cultural and Personal Identities of Enslaved Africans and British Soldiers at the Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts, West Indies. Historical Archaeology 36(4):38-49
- Beier, Zachary J. M.
As always thank you for listening and please share this podcast with friends, family and general fans of cool objects that are part of great and world-spanning histories. Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @theshoresoftime about what you think of the podcast and how we can improve the way we share these stories of the Caribbean and its objects. FYI the podcast has moved to a bi-weekly release schedule for the summer months. We are planning to be back with a weekly release schedule in September.
We’ll talk to you next time, and remember: In this great future you can’t forget your past!
Acknowledgements: This podcast was made possible thanks to financial support by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Alice is employed by University of Leicester’s School of Ancient History and Archaeology and Angus works at Stanford University’s Archaeology Center. Zachary Beier is assistant professor at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.
On today's show we interview Kaibab National Forest Archaeologist, Margaret Hangen. We talk to Margaret about determining eligibility of historic sites. Margaret points out that people know all about recording historic sites, but when it comes to interpreting what was found and making a National Register of Historic Places eligibility recommendation many people fall short. Leave your comments about this topic below or wherever you see the link to this show.
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