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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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July 10th 2013:“They Left it All Out in the Field”: The Contemporary State of Battlefield Archaeology

Conflict Archaeology or the Archaeology of Battlefields is a sub-discipline that has risen to the forefront since the 1980s. Despite a growing national fascination with wartime chronicles and military strategies the archaeology of the actual sites of conflicts remains fairly unknown to the public. What can we learn from site excavations that are not documented by written accounts and broadly researched academic studies? What types of material remains are characteristic of battlefield sites and do they inform on events in ways that research and eyewitness accounts cannot? This week's guest, Dr.

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Douglas Scott

Douglas Scott is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Doug received his PhD. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1977). Doug specializes in nineteenth century military sites archaeology and forensic archaeology. He is particularly noted for his expertise in battlefield archaeology and firearms identification having worked on more than 40 battlefield sites, including Palo Alto, Sand Creek, Big Hole, Bear Paw, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, Centralia, and Santiago de Cuba. He was awarded the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his innovative research in battlefield archaeology that started
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