Joseph Balicki, MA/RPA. Joseph is a Regional Director for the Commonwealth Heritage Group, based in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a graduate of The George Washington University and holds a Master’s degree in anthropology from The Catholic University of America. Jo has over 36 years of experience in North American archeology and has been involved in investigations of sites ranging from the Paleo-Indian through Historic periods and undertaken a variety of archeological survey and testing programs in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Mr. Balicki is a nationally recognized expert on the Archeology of Civil War sites; he has presented 34 papers at professional conferences covering military camp layout and Civil War sites archeology, and contributed 10 chapters to publications addressing the archeology of the American Civil War. Mr. Balicki is proficient in conducting KOCOA analysis, primary research, and metal detector surveys on Civil War archeological sites ranging from fortifications, battlefields, winter quarters, cantonments and front-line temporary camps. In 2007, he was recipient of the Alexandria Archaeological Commissions’ Ben Brenman Archaeology Award for his work in Alexandria, Virginia, developing realistic archeological methods to investigate Civil War sites in urban settings. Jo has over 22 years’ experience metal-detecting.
Josh Blackmon, MA. Josh Blackmon received a B.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University and an M.A. in Public History from Arizona State University. He is currently the Associate Laboratory Director for New South Associates, Inc in Stone Mountain, Georgia and serves as the Treasurer for the Modern Heritage Foundation. Josh has worked on archaeological sites in the southeastern, southwestern, and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States as well as the Caribbean ranging from Paleo-Indian to the Historic Period. Josh is interested in the application of technology in archaeology both in the field and laboratory. He is an instructor with Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist and has ten years of metal-detector survey experience on a variety of historic sites including Colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War period sites as well as historic farmstead and industrial sites.
Joel Bohy. Joel is the Director of the Historic Arms & Militaria department at Skinner Auctions and a frequent appraiser of Arms & Militaria on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. He has worked as a material culture consultant on numerous historical projects and has a passion for the basic objects worn or carried by a soldier and civilian during the American Revolutionary War period. Picking up a detector for the first time while working on the Parker’s Revenge Archaeology project at Minuteman National Historical Park, it sparked a passion for battlefield archaeology which lead to participating in AMDA as a student at numerous locations. He now volunteers on other battlefield archaeology projects where trained help may be needed.
Daniel Elliott, MA/RPA. Mr. Elliott is a native Georgian and a current resident of Rincon, Georgia. He has more than 36 years as a historical archaeologist with primary focus in the southeastern United States. He is also extensively versed in prehistoric archaeology. Mr. Elliott has extensive understanding of the 18th century settlements of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. This includes Cherokee, Creek and Yuchi settlements, as well as British, French, German and Irish ethnic settlements. Mr. Elliott has expertise in settlement patterning, trade and exchange networks, Archaic period studies, battlefield archaeology, and 18th and early 19th century studies. Public Outreach (regarding cultural resources), battlefield archaeology and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey are among Mr. Elliott’s more recent skills. Mr. Elliott received his M.A. degree in Anthropology in 1980 from the University of Georgia. Since that time he has worked with a variety of Federal and State agencies, municipalities, private firms and historical societies. He has directed large and small projects and has successfully documented this research in several hundred research reports and more than 130 publications. Mr. Elliott has directed major archaeological projects at Ebenezer, Fort Hawkins (Macon), and Ossabaw Island, Georgia, among others. Although his primary research interest has been in the southeastern United States, Mr. Elliott led field projects in the Caribbean and Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Mr. Elliott presently serves as the President of the LAMAR Institute, Inc.-a non-profit research group based in Savannah, Georgia.
Rita Folse Elliott, MA/RPA. Ms. Elliott is Education Coordinator and a Research Associate with The LAMAR Institute. She earned an M.A. in Maritime History and Underwater Research from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. She is an archaeologist, exhibit designer, and former museum curator with 30 years of archaeological experience in 13 states, the Caribbean, three U.S. territories, and several countries. Ms. Elliott led crews in the archaeological discovery of the 1779 Savannah Battlefield and conducted controlled metal detector survey on battlefields in several states. She has authored over 80 monographs and articles, served as a guest editor and reviewer, and sat on committees at the state, regional, and national level. She is former Vice Chair of the Georgia National Register Review Board. Ms. Elliott was named an Honoree by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation/Georgia Commission on Women. She received the Joseph Caldwell Award for Georgia Archaeology, the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities, and a life-time achievement award from the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution.
Chris Espenshade, MA/RPA. Chris is a professional archaeologist with more than 27 years of supervisory experience in CRM archaeology of the eastern United States and Caribbean. He has an MA in anthropology from the University of Florida and a BA in anthropology from Wake Forest University. Chris has applied metal detecting on the following projects: Data Recovery Excavations at Camp Baird, the autumn 1864 encampment of the 32nd US Colored Troops (1989); Evaluation and data recovery investigations of the Spanish Wells Picket Post, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (1990); Survey and testing of a portion of the Civil War defenses at Secessionville, South Carolina (1994); Survey of the core of the battlefield of the Battle of New Hope Church, Paulding County, Georgia (1995); Survey and Evaluation of the Reserve Line of the Chattahoochee River Line (1998); Metal-Detector survey of the Rocky Cove CCC Camp, Pisgah National Forest (2005); Archaeological Search for the Battery Locations, Battle of Newnan/Battle of Brown’s Mill, Coweta County, Georgia (2007); Intensive Metal-Detector Survey of 37 acres of the Resaca Battlefield, Gordon County, Georgia (2008); Cultural Resource Baseline Inventory of the Battle of Blountville, Tennessee (2009); Archaeological Evaluation in Support of Landscape Analysis, Fort Heiman, Kentucky (2010); and Metal- Detector Survey of An Additional 46 Acres, Resaca Battlefield (2011). He has written on military archaeology in North American Archaeologist, Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology, and Northeast Historical Archaeology. He has presented on the subject at the SHA, MAAC, ASV, and GSA conferences. Chris was a co-organizer and presenter at the 2011 conference Advanced Metal Detecting for Archaeologists.
Charles Haecker, MA/RPA. Charlie recently retired from the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, where he had been employed as an archaeologist since 1992. Prior to his career with the NPS, Charlie worked for nearly 20 years for various federal and state agencies as well as private consulting firms throughout the southwestern and southeastern US. All totaled he has over 40 years of archaeological experience. He received his MA in Anthropology (archaeology concentration) in 1976 from Eastern New Mexico University.
While at the NPS he integrated use of systematic metal detection for their research. One of the best known examples of his work is from Palo Alto National Battlefield (location of the February 2015 AMDA training), which culminated in On the Prairie of Palo Alto (1997 Texas A & M press). He has taken the AMDA class (at Palo Alto) and has extensive experience speaking and relating information to a variety of student types.
Terry G. Powis, PhD/RPA. Terry is a New World archaeologist in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. He joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in August 2005, and is currently an Associate Professor of anthropology. Terry received his master’s degree in anthropology at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an archaeologist who conducts research both in the Maya Lowlands of Belize, Central America and the Southeastern United States. In Georgia, Terry has spent the past five years using metal detectors on various historic sites, ranging from late nineteenth Euro- American homesteads to mid-nineteenth mill complexes to Civil War battlefields. His use of metal detectors at the Pickett’s Mill State Historic Site, located in Paulding County, Georgia, has changed our understanding on the nature, structure, and extent of this battle during Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. Terry has presented a number of papers on his research at Pickett’s Mill and has published on it as well in the Georgia Journal of Science. An in-depth report entitled Phase I Survey and Phase II Testing at Pickett’s Mill State Historic Site, Paulding County, Georgia is on file with the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources in Atlanta. Terry presented at the 2011 conference on Advanced Metal Detecting for Archaeologists.
Patrick Severts As an archaeologist with over 27 years of field experience, Patrick has acquired a vast knowledge of prehistoric and historic archaeological resources. Patrick started using metal detection devices in archaeology in 1995 after working on historic gold camps in northern New Mexico, but it wasn’t until moving to Georgia and working on battlefield studies did he really understand what metal detecting could do for archaeology in general. While not every project was a battlefield, Patrick consistently developed new and interesting ways to produce data with detection units. Today he is recognized as one of the top detectorist in the field and is the co-founder of the AMDA (Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist) and is also an instructor with the IMDA (Introduction to Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist with the NCPTT.)
Patrick has had the opportunity to work on more than 30 American battlefields from New Mexico, Montana, Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and on countless historic resources.
While considered to be a military archaeology specialist he has developed other uses for the detection equipment. He has used the equipment in delineating historic homesteads, identifying contact period Native American sites and in some instances found prehistoric sites. He believes with the increased technology there are no bounds as to what can be done with modern detection equipment. His influences include others in his field such as Chris Adams, Chris Espenshade, Doug D. Scott, Jo Balicki, Charles Haecker and considers their work to be the gold standard for detection in archaeology.
Doug Scott, PhD/RPA. Dr. Doug Scott is considered by many to be the father of military archaeology. He currently serves as a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Scott retired from National Park Service after more than 30 years of with the Department of the Interior, his last position was as Great Plains Team Leader, Park Programs, Midwest Archeological Center, U.S. National Park Service, Lincoln, NE. He has served as President of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists and the Nebraska Association of Professional Archeologists, and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Plains Anthropological Society. He was president of the Society for Historical Archaeology in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Scott specializes in nineteenth century military sites archaeology and forensic archaeology. He is particularly noted for his expertise in battlefield archaeology and firearms identification having worked on more than 40 battlefield sites, including Palo Alto, Sand Creek, Big Hole, Bear Paw, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, Centralia, and Santiago de Cuba. He was awarded the Department of the Interior’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his innovative research in battlefield archaeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. He is a co-recipient of the 2010 Leslie Hewes Award for best Social Science article published in Great Plains Research. Dr. Scott has also been involved with human rights and forensic investigations since the early 1990s. He has worked with the United Nations and various human rights organizations in El Salvador, Croatia, Rwanda, Cyprus, and Iraq. He served as Instructor and Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist conference.
Garrett Silliman, MHP/RPA. Garrett Silliman holds a Master of Heritage Preservation degree with a focus in Public History from Georgia State University. He has been the Field Director or Principal Investigator for numerous archaeological and preservation projects that have dealt with American sites of conflict, as well as the archaeology of historic landscapes throughout the eastern United States. His research has led him to present papers on battlefield archaeology and related preservation issues at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (2006 and 2007), the Society for American Archaeology (2009a), and the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference (Special Session on Eastern States Battlefield Archaeology 2009b). Most recently, he was a presenter and instructor at the 2011 AMDA Conference in Helen, Georgia. These papers have largely dealt with the use and integration of GIS with historic research and archaeologically-derived battlefield patterns. Since 2001 he has conducted professional metal detection investigations in Georgia and the greater southeast, which has remained his research focus. Although the majority of these investigations have dealt with the archaeology of the 1864 Atlanta and Savannah Campaigns, he has devoted considerable time to the use of metal detection in determining architectural and domestic patterning on non-military historic sites. These sites have included historic plantations, farms, as well as Historic Indian villages. Mr. Silliman has served as President of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists and currently serves on the organization’s board as well as on the board of the Historic Fort Daniel Foundation. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Shorter University where he teaches American History. Recently, his work concerning the archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign was featured in The Wall Street Journal and on the National Public Radio program The Story.
Michelle Sivilich, PhD. Michelle is the Assistant Director of the nonprofit Gulf Archaeology Research Institute in Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida where she studied the role standardized education officers received at the Military Academy at West Point, NY played on the outcome of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). In addition to her research with the Seminole Wars, she has over 15 years experience in a variety of archaeological settings ranging from 17th century Maryland’s first Capital of St. Mary’s City, to Revolutionary War sites throughout the Northeast United States, to Thomas Jefferson’s home of Monticello. She also received my M.S. from Indiana State University studying molecular archaeology and used a novel approach to genetic fingerprinting to assess levels of relatedness within cemeteries which relates to the changing cultural practices regarding the cemetery layout in the mid-1800s. She has been metal detecting since the age of four and looks forward to serving as an instructor for the AMDA.
Sheldon Skaggs, PhD. Dr. Skaggs is an assistant professor at City University of New York, Bronx and and adjunct professor at Georgia SouthernUniversity. He has extensive geophysical survey experience in the state of Georgia, and Italy. He has a PHD in geoarchaeology from the University of Georgia and a BA in anthropology from the University of Washington. Sheldon has recently taught metal detection and shallow Earth geophysics at Georgia Southern University and has applied geophysical survey techniques on the following projects: Woodland period Kolomoki Mound site in southwestern Georgia (2005); Chiefdom Museum grounds, Rome GA (2006); Sangro Valley Late Bronze Age to Early Roman Age farm in the Abruzzo, Italy (2005-2006); Revolutionary War battlefield of Kettle Creek, GA (2008); Fort Daniel 1813 frontier fort in Bufford, GA (2007 & 2010); Survey and testing of a portion of Civil War battlefield of Allatoona Pass, GA (2012). He has presented on geoarchaeology projects at DIG, SAA, and ISA conferences and been published in Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of African Archaeology, and several archaeological texts. Sheldon participated in the 2011 conference on Advanced Metal Detecting for Archaeologists
Lauren A. Walls, MA/RPA. Lauren is a professional archaeologist with New South Associates in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the College of Charleston. She has ten years of supervisory experience in CRM and academic archaeology in the southeastern United States. Lauren is a member of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference and Society for Georgia Archaeology and has presented papers about her research on prehistoric shell midden sites in northwest Florida. Lauren’s ongoing research interests lie in archaeobotany and flotation techniques. She has had the opportunity to use metal detectors in a variety of CRM projects in the southeast. Lauren has gained much of her experience using metal detection as a delineation tool at a number of small historic sites encountered during Phase I surveys in Georgia. Her metal detector survey in Bolivar Tennessee helped locate a Union picket station and adjacent camp, which archival research revealed to be one of four placed around the town during the three year Union stronghold (2015).