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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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March 08th 2017:Evaluating Significance: The NPS and New Philadelphia

The Town of New Philadelphia, Illinois was founded by ex-slave Frank McWorter in 1836, making it the first town legally registered by an African American in the US. Frank and his wife Lucy bought, worked and sold acres of land to help raise the enormous sums needed to purchase the freedom of family members. Since 2002, excavations and public archaeology programs have helped to resurrect the story of New Philadelphia, implicating America’s fraught racial past and giving voice to African American actors largely absent from official histories. Currently, The National Park Service is conducting a

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Dr. Christopher Fennell

Christopher C. Fennell is an anthropologist, lawyer, associate professor at the Univ. of Illinois, and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. His research addresses African diaspora heritage and social group dynamics among European and African Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Fennell is the founding editor of the “Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage,” an editorial board member of the “International Journal of Historical Archaeology,” past member of the SHA’s board of directors, and president-elect of the Illinois Archaeological Survey. He has been awarded the 2009 John L. Cotter Award, the 2010 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the
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Tara Pettit

Tara Pettit is a 16-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) and Project Manager with the Denver Service Center in Lakewood Colorado. During her NPS career, she has held positions with the Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science Directorate in Washington DC, with Petersburg National Battlefield in Petersburg VA, and with Fire Island National Seashore in Long Island New York. She holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in history with a concentration in archaeology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After college, she worked as an archaeologist leading crews in field excavations. In 1995, Tara joined the U.S. Coast Guard serving on both active and reserve d
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Tokey Boswell

Tokey Boswell has served 10 years with NPS planning programs in Washington, DC, Denver, and Omaha. His division oversees planning for existing parks and the production of new area studies. Tokey has an undergraduate degree in archaeology and a graduate degree in urban and regional planning, both from the University of Iowa. Tokey and his spouse are returned Peace Corps volunteers, having served in Guinea, West Africa.
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