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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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January 27th 2016:Investigating the Paranormal: Archaeology in Haunted Places

What do ghost hunters and archaeologists have in common? More than you might imagine! Archaeologists and ghost hunters are both interested in exploring long forgotten places in search of the people that once inhabited them. Data may be important as supporting evidence, but it is the story of these sites and their long gone inhabitants that captures the minds and the hearts of us today. Ghosts and the stories that accompany them bring the past alive for people in a very real, if sometimes terrifying way. Archaeologists have the same goal, but sometimes the desire to bring the past to l

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Dr. April M Beisaw

April M. Beisaw is an assistant professor of anthropology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is on sabbatical this semester, Spring 2016, to start work on her third book - an archaeological examination of the New York City water system. Since 2012, April has been conducting surface survey of city-owned lands that are 40-80 miles away from the city. These lands have been obtained in order to ensure that Manhattan (and the rest of the city) has an ample supply of clean water. Beisaw is interested in how these land acquisitions have changed the communities whose water (and land) have been taken from them. She hopes this work can inform future water decisions for water-stressed pla
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