Rincon, Georgia is near Savannah
Metal detector applications and use generally have become accepted in historical archeology, but it is clear that few professional and student archeologists have received training in metal detector capabilities or use. This course offers an opportunity for archaeologists to become familiar with, and comfortable using metal detector technology on archaeological sites. Instructors are professional archaeologists, many well-known for their work in using metal detectors on military and domestic sites.
The workshop is sponsored by the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the Friends of NCPTT, Connor Consulting and hosted by the LAMAR Institute.
Dates: November 18 – 20, 2016
Location: Classroom portion will be held at the New Ebenezer Retreat and Conference Center, Rincon, Georgia. Classes will be held in the Mildred Kessler Building. The field portion of the training will be held on the site of the New Ebenezer Revolutionary War defenses.
Lodging and Meals:
New Ebenezer Retreat Center
2887 Ebenezer Road
Rincon, GA 31326
Contact for Lodging and Meals:
Housing will be a shared cottage that sleeps up to 12 individuals. Each room has two twin beds and separate bath. Bed linens and three meals a day are included. Double occupancy rates including taxes are $80.00 per night. Single occupancy rate is $92.00 per night.
ALL LODGING AND MEAL PAYMENTS MUST BE PAID BY EITHER CASH OR CHECK AND MADE OUT TO “THE LAMAR INSTITUTE.” NO CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR LODGING OR MEALS. CHECKS CAN BE MADE OUT TO “LAMAR INSTITUTE” AND MAILED TO:
101 Savannah Avenue
Rincon, GA 31326
This introductory course is designed to provide the attendee with:
- an understanding of how a metal detector works,
- a familiarity with the various devices available, their strengths and weaknesses, and their cost points, and
- practical experience collecting data by using a variety of today’s metal detectors in an archaeological field situation.
Objectives: Field archeologists and students will gain an understanding of the capabilities and the data and interpretive value of metal detector use on metal-bearing sites. This course also will be helpful to CRM firm managers, and state and federal archeologists who are contracting representatives or are preparing contract requirements, as well as to archeologists who review reports. The course will enable them to acquire knowledge that will assist them in determining if the use of a metal detector on a project is appropriate. The course will also help them evaluate whether the proper metal detecting technology is or was used, and whether the metal detecting techniques employed were appropriate for the project goals.
The course is designed as a 2.5 day event, with day one being an introduction to metal detectors and metal detecting capabilities, followed by a day and a half of a field practicum where attendees will use various detectors on an actual archeological site expected to contain significant metal artifacts.
Day One: Classroom and Test Garden
8:00-8:20 Welcome/Course Introduction/Outline
8:20-9:00 Tour of New Ebenezer Grounds
9:00-9:20 Intro to Savannah River Valley and Previous Metal Detecting Survey
9:20-10:15 Overview of Detectors, How a Detector Works, & Metal Detector types, VLF and PI
10:30-11:15 How to Use a Metal Detector
11:15-12:00 Metal Detecting Search Patterns
1:00-1:30 Selecting the Appropriate Device
1:30-2:15 Collecting Data, Methods and Goals
2:15-2:45 Some Case Examples
3:15-4:30 Hands on With Various Models of Detectors
4:30-4:45 Field Logistics for Second Day
Day 2: Field Practicum
8:00-11:30 Field -Exercise
12:30-4:00 Field Exercise
Day 3: Field Practicum
8:00-12:30 Field -Exercise
12:30-1:00 Course Evaluation and Certificates of Completion