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Get the Lead Out! A Scientific Workshop


The LAMAR Institute, Inc.

P. O. Box 2992 Savannah, Georgia 31402


Contact:     Rita Elliott, Public Outreach

706-341-7796, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For release, Thursday, March 9, 2017


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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


When: June 29 and 30, 2017; 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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to Host Metal Detector Workshop at Ebenezer


Savannah, October 22, 2016. The LAMAR Institute will host a workshop on Metal Detecting for Archeologists from November 18-20, 2016 at the historic New Ebenezer town site in Rincon, Georgia. The workshop is sponsored by the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the Friends of NCPTT and Connor Consulting. 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 archeologists to become familiar with, and comfortable using metal detector technology on archeological sites. Instructors are professional archeologists, many well-known for their work in using metal detectors on military and domestic sites. 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. The workshop is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of how a metal detector works, a familiarity with the various devices available and practical experience collecting data by using a variety of metal detectors in an archeological field situation.The field portion of the training will be held on the site of the New Ebenezer Revolutionary War defenses. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit this webpage:    https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/events/metal-detecting-for-archeologists/.

Two documentary films produced by LAMAR Institute detail Revolutionary War battlefield discoveries in Georgia and South Carolina.

Savannah, October 10, 2016. Two documenatry films by noted Savannah filmmakers Michael Jordan and Dan Kurtz will be showcased in the 2016 Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival on Hilton Head Island later this month. The films, "In Search of Carr's Fort" and "Documenting the Battle of Purysburg" were both subsidized in part by a grant from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program and the LAMAR Institute. The first film explores the search and discovery of Captain Robert Carr's frontier fort in Wilkes County, Georgia and the second film explores the search and discovery for the battlefield in the Patriot headquarters at Purysburg in Jasper County, South Carolina. The Arkhaios festival is a juried show that features films from all over the world. The LAMAR Institute offerings demonstrate that archaeology exists in your own back yard. For more information about the film festival, visit:







LAMAR Institute Releases Documentary Film on Revolutionary War Battle of Purysburg


Savannah, May 10, 2016. The LAMAR Institute has made available to the public its latest documentary film on conflict archaeology in the lower Savannah River region. This film, entitled, Documenting the Battle of Purysburg, highlights the historical archaeology search for the lost Revolutionary War battlefield at Purysburg, South Carolina. The film explores the historical search for documents and records pertaining to the battle, the archaeological field search and discovery of the battlefield, and the laboratory analysis that help  to reconstruct an accurate portrayal of this little known but important Revolutionary War battle. The battle on April 29, 1779 pitted nearly 2,000 British troops, including the 71st Regiment, the Light Infantry and East Florida Ranger Indian guides, commanded by Colonel John Maitland against a few hundred Patriots from the 2nd and 5th South Carolina Continentals and the Charles Towne militia, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander McIntosh. The British soldiers, who had spend the preceding evening marching up to their necks in the Savannah River swamp, emerged from the Swamp at dawn to do battle. With their ammunition completely soaked the British resulted to a bayonet charge. Faced with overwhelming odds, the Patriots retreated and the British took the town. While the number of killed and wounded was relatively slight, this engagement helped delay the British in their surge to conquer Charleston. That attempt proved unsuccessful and the war in the south was prolonged for a year when the British finally took Charleston in May 1780. The archaeologists located the battlefield and defined several defensive works and through careful metal detector survey, Ground Penetrating Radar survey, GPS mapping and GIS manipulation were able to reconstruct the entire battlefield. This effort was funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service and the LAMAR Institute. The film was created by Michael Jordan and Dan Kurtz of Cosmos Mariner Productions. Those wishing to watch and/or download it may do so by visiting the Reports section of LAMAR Institute’s website, http://thelamarinstitute.org ,  or by clicking https://youtu.be/b7dy5PYaANE . The release of the complete battlefield survey report by the LAMAR Institute is expected within a few months.

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Helps to Raise the CSS Georgia Wreck

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Archaeologists Dawn Ashlock (left) and Betsy Shirk (right) Demonstrate GPR Survey Equipment and Discuss LAMAR Institute's Civil War Battlefield Research in the Savannah Area at the July 25th Raise the Wreck Festival.