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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 26th 2011:The Veterans Curation Project: Rehabilitation by Archaeology

This first decade of the 21st century has witnessed two major wars resulting in serious injuries to numerous American soldiers. Returning veterans have come home to a depressed economy and uncertain futures. They confront job markets often out of reach to those with skills not readily transferable to the civilian world. As part of the American Recovery and Repatriation Act (ARRA) the Obama administration allocated funds to rehabilitate veterans by teaching them to curate artifact collections, stored in dusty facilities for decades. The project was initiated and administered by the U.S. Army Co

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Michael S. (Sonny) Trimble

Michael S. (Sonny) Trimble is the Chief of the Curation and Archives Analysis Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District. He is also the Director of the Veterans Curation Program (VCP). Sonny received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia . His specialties include North American archaeology, archaeological forensics, collections and archives management, and GIS. Sonny’s group assisted the Department of Justice for 2.5 years on a Presidential mission to gather and analyze forensic data documenting murder and crimes against humanity carried out by Iraq’s former regime under Saddam Hussein. The results of these scientific investigations and r
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Kate McMahon

Kate McMahon serves as the Laboratory Supervisor for the Veterans Curation Project (VCP). She is employed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (St. Louis District) and provides training and oversight for artifact rehabilitation for the three VCP labs. She completed her undergraduate work at the College of Wooster with a major in Archaeology and minors in Geology, Anthropology, and Sociology. Her honor's thesis focused on the Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Transition Period in Ireland. Ms. McMahon has participated in numerous archaeological investigations throughout the southwestern United States. These include surveys and excavations throughout California and Arizona; including the La Osa
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Laurie Ott

Laurie Ott is President of the University Health Care Foundation, a nonprofit organization for patient care in Augusta, Georgia. The endowed Foundation provides many community benefits through including support of the area’s only certified Breast Health Center. Ms. Ott received her BA in Latin American Studies from George Washington University and an M.A. in Communications from Gonzaga University. Ms. Ott was the founding Executive Director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, a community based model for returning U.S. service members from Iraq and Afghanistan. From 1994 to 2007, Ms. Ott was an anchor and reporter at WRDW, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, where she won numerous reporting a
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Cody Gregory

Cody Gregory is an Information Systems Technician at John Milner Associates, Inc., currently based at the Army Corps VCP facility in St. Louis, MO. Cody served in the U.S. Air Force from 2003 to 2008 as a Mental Health Technician. He is an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran who deployed to Afghanistan and worked as a Hurricane Katrina responder. He recently received his A.A. degree in Biology from St. Charles Community College and he plans to pursue a B.A. in Environmental Science. Mr. Gregory was originally hired as an archaeological laboratory technician during the first term of the VCP project at the St. Louis lab. He subsequently advanced to the position of lab manager. He is now res
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