Deputy State Archaeologist John Mintz to Discuss Local Battlefield History

Friday, February 24, 2017

The UNCW Department of Anthropology will host “Revisiting the Scene: Examples of Battlefield Archaeology in North Carolina,” a presentation by Deputy State Archaeologist John Mintz, on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 pm in Kenan Hall room 1111. This event will be open to the public, something that Eleanora Reber, associate professor of archaeology and chair of the anthropology department, values as an important part of the archaeology program.

“One of the things we like to work on is contact between archeologists and the public,” Dr. Reber said. “It’s difficult for everyone to be on a site if we’re working. One of the ways we establish contact with the public is through lectures.”

Battlefield archeology in particular offers the chance for interested students to work with technology they may not have access to otherwise.

“One of the things done with battlefield archeology is the use of different forms of remote sensing,” Dr. Reber said. “That includes metal detection as well as other types of remote sensing, such as ground-penetrating radar.”

The battlefields in and surrounding Wilmington provide the opportunity for students to get involved with the community, a key feature of the UNCW Strategic Plan. On February 28, interested members of the public and the UNCW community can learn about how local battles impacted the history of North Carolina, and participate in a Q&A after the presentation.

--Emily S. Pierce