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Get the Lead Out: Elemental Analysis of 18th and Early 19th Century Ammunition in Eastern North America

Use of Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) technology in the study of musket balls

June 29 - June 30, 2017


Savannah, GA

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THE LAMAR INSTITUTE

Get the Lead Out! A Scientific Workshop

The LAMAR Institute is pleased to announce that it will host a workshop for archaeologists, museum specialists, military historians and other professionals interested in early military history. The workshop, Get the Lead Out: Elemental Analysis of 18th and Early 19th Century Ammunition in Eastern North America, will instruct participants in the use of Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) technology in the study of musket balls. It will allow participants to use elemental analysis to improve their understanding of round (musket) balls in current research and in older museum collections. The application of this advanced technology on early ammunition is new and evolving and preliminary results reveal it to be useful in identifying unique profile characterizations. While nearly all bullets from this era contain quantities of lead, the addition of other elements such as tin, antimony, and silver, whether intentional or accidental, has been demonstrated to vary within and between archaeological sites in Georgia and South Carolina. The workshop will be structured to allow researchers to bring samples for study. Experts in the field of pXRF will assist in data collection, processing and interpretation. The results of the workshop is expected to set the baseline for future studies on this topic. The workshop is being held at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Georgia on June 29 and 30, 2017 and is open to 30 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested persons should contact the LAMAR Institute.

Contact: Daniel Elliott, The LAMAR Institute, P.O. Box 2992, Savannah, GA 31402

Cell: 706-341-7796

Email: dantelliott@gmail.com

 

When: June 29 and 30, 2007; 9AM-5PM

Where:  Room 2002, Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, Georgia

Cost:  $25 registration fee, checks made payable to the LAMAR Institute; Registration for the workshop closes on June 15th.

What to bring:  Laptop computer, round lead ball collection (if available)

Sponsored by:  The LAMAR Institute, Savannah, Georgia and funded by a Preservation Technology and Training Grant from the National Park Service, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Open to:  Archaeologists, museum specialists, military historians and other interested professionals (30 students max).

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Daniel Elliott
Phone:
706-341-7796
Email:
Website:
http://www.thelamarinstitute.org

Venue

Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm Street Savannah, Savannah, GA 31401 United States
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(912) 651-2005
Website:
http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/cgc/
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119