Feb 08, 2013
Eric Poplin is working to rediscover Charleston's colonial heritage. As a member of the Mayor's "Walled City" Task Force, Eric participated in an effort on January 23 to expose a portion of Charleston's seventeenth century city wall so that it could be documented and mapped for the first time. Read more about the project here:
Feb 07, 2013
On February 12, GIS specialist Inna Moore will present at the South Carolina Arc Users Network Conference (SCARC) in Columbia, South Carolina. Her paper is titled "Using Desktop GIS and Mobile Mapping Devices to Streamline Large Scale Historic Architectural Resources Surveys."
As explained by Ms. Moore, large scale historic architectural resource surveys present project managers with a variety of logistical problems. These surveys cover extensive areas, include thousands of architectural resources, produce large quantities of data, and require tremendous amounts of time, money, and management. Many of these issues can be alleviated by implementing not only office based GIS, but also by incorporating a mobile mapping device. Using office GIS, a comprehensive database can be created for all resources inside a study area. The database should consist of existing GIS layers (parcels, building footprints, previously surveyed area, recorded historic architectural resources, etc.) provided by the local governing agencies. It can then be uploaded onto an ESRI based mobile mapping device for use in the field. By using these mobile devices, architectural historians will be able to easily identify areas that have not been surveyed, survey eligible resources, create field strategies, and evaluate and record all pertinent information. After the completion of the field survey, the data can be downloaded, cleaned, and presented to the governing agencies in the form of digital databases and paper forms. By using both of these systems, architectural historians can be more efficient saving time and money while producing a more consistent cleaner product.
Feb 07, 2013
Archaeologist Eric Poplin has been brought in to assist the City of Charleston after human remains were uncovered at the Gaillard Auditorium construction site. The Gaillard Auditorium was originally built in the 1960s, but is being replaced by a new structure on the same site. On Tuesday, February 6, a track-hoe operator inadvertently uncovered a human skull while digging a six-foot deep trench. Work on that portion of the site stopped, and once the police and county coroner confirmed that the remains were not the result of a recent crime, Brockington was contacted.
The next day, Dr. Poplin conducted exploratory excavations along the route of the proposed trench and quickly discovered a second set of remains near the first. The bodies are arranged head to foot, with each oriented so that the head points east. That they are pointed east suggests that these are Christian burials, as they follow the common Christian tradition of orienting the dead for the Resurrection. In most small burial plots, individuals are laid side by side, so the fact that they are arranged head to foot suggests that there may be rows of graves.
Brockington personnel are currently doing archival research on the history of the Gaillard area to determine if there is any indication that a cemetery or small plot was located here in the past. According to research already conducted by Dr. Poplin, historic maps show that this was a urban residential area as far back as the early 1800s, which may indicate that the burials are much older. Another possibility is that the bodies were set in their unusual configuration because they were buried in a confined area and couldn't be placed side by side, possibly because it was a residential section at the time.
Dr. Poplin has gone on record with the Charleston Post and Courier and WBCD-TV in Charleston about the project. In the next few days he will be continuing to research the area's history before advising the City of Charleston on how to proceed.
Jan 28, 2013
Brockington archaeologists Michael Creswell, Cristian LaRosa, James Page, and John O'Donnell attended the annual meeting of Current Research In Tennessee Archaeology (CRITA) in Nashville Tennessee on January 25-26. CRITA is organized by the Tennessee Archaeological Advisory Council and the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, which has sponsored the annual meeting since 1989. Taking a break from a project being conducted nearby, our archaeologists made the most of their weekend by learning about current research and trends in Tennessee archaeology.
Jan 23, 2013
The History Workshop, a division of Brockington and Associates, is hosting three upcoming webinars on topics such as cultural resources stewardship and interpretation projects.
February 7, 2013: Christy Pritchard, archaeologist and heritage interpreter, will host a webinar called Exhibit Signs: Ten Pointers for Getting Started with Your Interpretive Sign Project.
March 7, 2013: Dea Mozingo, Certified Interpretive Planner, will host a webinar called Assuming Responsibility: How Stewardship Can Merit Continuing Public Trust and Support.
April 4, 2013: Callie McLean, exhibit designer, will host a webinar called Fabrication: What You Need to Know to Work Effectively with Fabricators.
For more information about the webinars, please visit the following page:
Archaeologist Jim Pritchard to participate in Presidential Inauguration activities in Washington, D.C.
Jan 16, 2013
Jim Pritchard of Brockington's Elizabethtown office has been selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to serve as an ambassador for national service and volunteer for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service festival and projects on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 19. Jim is one of 280 national service members, volunteers, and alumni of Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC selected to lead volunteers, set up service projects, cover crowd control and management, disseminate information, and oversee pledge card collection, among other activities.
Jan 11, 2013
Charleston County South Carolina won a 2012 Crown Communities Award from the American City and County organization for the Palmetto Commerce Parkway Project. To mitigate the impact of the parkway's development on Low Country Historic Resources, Charleston County hired Brockington and Associates to study the history of inland rice cultivation.Brockington developed a website, resource guides, and a "traveling trunk" of educational materials to tell the story of inland rice cultivation and preserve its history for future generations.
Read more about the 2012 Crown Communities Awards here: http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/crown-communities-awards-2012
Jan 07, 2013
Kad Henderson of Brockington's Pensacola Office will be presenting his research on the Spanish Frigate Nuestra Senora del Rosario y Santiago Apostol at the Society for Historical Archaeology's conference in Leicester, England. The Rosario sank during a powerful hurricane that hit Pensacola Bay in September 1705.
Jan 04, 2013
Brockington and Associates is now certified as a Georgia DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) by the Georgia Department of Transportation. We are also a certified ED-WOSB (Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business) with the Small Business Administration, and we are a Certified Women's Business Enterprise with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Dec 10, 2012
Brockington is pleased to announce that James Page, a crew chief in our Atlanta office, has successfully completed a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training course in compliance with Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120(e). HAZWOPER training is usually obtained by workers who clean up hazardous waste sites, such as those on the EPA's National Priorities List, but it can also be an important training tool for archaeologists.
As explained in William White III's article in the Winter 2011 Society for Historic Archaeology Bulletin, titled "The Legacy of Industrialization: Archaeology at Contaminated Sites with Potentially Hazardous Artifacts," many items regularly encountered by archaeologists can also be dangerous if mishandled. Hazardous artifacts can include historic medicine vials, asbestos, and historic fragrance bottles with benzene. Having completed an approved HAZWOPER course, Mr. Page is better able to advise Brockington archaeologists and laboratory staff in identifying and properly handling potentially toxic artifacts and materials, and when it is necessary to contact a specialist.