Putting the Public Back in Archaeology: Restoration of a Civil War Era Gun Emplacement on Battery B at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
Author(s): John J. Mintz
Public archaeology has been a long-standing practice at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. Began by pioneering archaeologist Stanley South in the 1950s, his style of public archaeology involved having on-going excavations visible to the public and timely disseminated results through local newsletters. Yet in the half-century dearth of investigations since South departed the site, public archaeology was largely forgotten and all but disappeared. However, recent efforts to more effectively broaden the site’s interpretative potential necessitated the excavation of a Civil War gun emplacement on Battery B. This project was designed to gather architectural details for an accurate restoration, but when a budget is nonexistent, staffing is absent, and institutional support is undecided, how is this investigation to be completed? This presentation describes and discusses the challenges encountered with this project and the solution of renewed public archaeology at the site by supervising local volunteers as excavators.
Cite this Record
Putting the Public Back in Archaeology: Restoration of a Civil War Era Gun Emplacement on Battery B at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. John J. Mintz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434645)
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;