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Combahee River Raid Tour

Jun 29, 2016

In June, Eric Poplin was pleased to lead a small tour featuring the history of the Combahee River Raid. The tour coincided with the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference on Hilton Head Island. On the night of June 1-2, 1863, a Federal raiding force led by the 2nd SC Volunteer Infantry (African Descent) and guided by Harriet Tubman ventured up the Combahee River in lower South Carolina. Tubman gathered intelligence prior to the raid and spread the word for action among the enslaved laborers on Combahee River plantations. She helped keep people calm as they fled to the Union gunboats, which carried over 700 enslaved people to freedom. It was one of the largest single events of emancipation in South Carolina or the nation.

This tour was a follow up to the paper Dr. Eric Poplin and Carol Poplin presented at the 2013 National Underground Railroad Conference. The tour group included Charles Bogguess of the Mitchelville Preservation Project, Cheryl LaRoche, an independent Harriett Tubman and Reconstruction archaeologist and researcher, Iris Taylor of the Library of Congress, and Edda Fields-Black of the University of Pittsburgh. The boat was provided by Botany Bay Eco-Tours with Captain Meg Hoyle at the wheel.

Prayer Quilts for Mother Emanuel

Jun 20, 2016

In the days and weeks after the tragedy of June 17th, 2015, Mother Emanuel AME Church received an outpouring of support. Visitors from around the world came to Mother Emanuel to express their condolences and left letters, flowers, candles, artwork, posters, and countless other items in front of the church. The church community wanted to share a sample of those items, and chose prayer quilts because Mother Emanuel received over beautiful 400 examples. Given in love, a prayer quilt is made to warm, soothe, and cover the recipient in prayers. The History Workshop assisted in the creation of an exhibit featuring these quilts, which is open to the public.
Mother Emanuel is honored to present this selection of items in thanks to those who presented the community with compassionate and kind gifts. This exhibition is presented by Mother Emanuel AME, the City of Charleston, and the members of Charleston Archives Libraries and Museum Council.

Brockington's 30-Year Anniversary

Apr 25, 2016

Today marks Brockington’s 30-year anniversary.

In 1986, Paul started the company when he saw the need for a truly client-focused CRM firm. By making consulting and client service the core of Brockington’s mission, we were able to serve clients’ needs better, and we were able to help clients understand the power of stewardship of cultural resources.

I’m proud of Brockington’s tradition of innovation within the CRM industry. I’m proud of our many, many (now nearly 5,000!) archaeology and history projects, and of the important research we’ve done. I’m proud of our long tradition of innovation in education and public outreach: I believe the work we do through the History Workshop fulfills the promise of Section 106 by sharing our knowledge about cultural resources with the public.

I’m also proud to be the second generation of ownership of a family business. But, at Brockington, being a family business means more than just ownership. Many of us have worked together our entire careers, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

As we celebrate 30 years together, I’d like to express our gratitude for all the employees and clients we’ve had the opportunity to work with, and for all the amazing projects we’ve been able to work on and share with the public. I look forward to working together to make the next 30 years even better!

- Sally Brockington, President

Phyllis Johnson Presents at SEAC

Dec 01, 2015

Phyllis Johnson, an Archaeologist in our Elizabethtown, Kentucky office, presented recent research at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) in Nashville, Tennessee on November 19. Ms. Johnson's paper, "Assessing Mobility at 15McN15: A Late Paleoindian/Early Archaic Period Retooling Station" details a buried archaeological component that was recorded in McCracken County, Kentucky.

Within this Late Paleoindian/Early Archaic component, nearly 5,000 prehistoric artifacts were recovered, consisting mainly of lithic debitage.  Only seven Paleoindian sites have been recorded near this portion of the Ohio River, and all consist of surface finds that lack a subsurface component.  Perhaps most importantly, site 15McN15 represents the only Dalton Culture archaeological site that has been identified in Kentucky with intact deposits and good context. By studying the lithic artifacts recovered from the buried component of site 15McN15, archaeologists may learn important information about Early Holocene settlement and mobility in the region.

SCDOT and FHWA Win 2015 ACRA Award

Nov 12, 2015

This summer, Brockington and Associates and New South Associates nominated the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) for a 2015 American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) Award in the Industry-Public Sector category. This award honors public sector clients of ACRA member firms who have demonstrated accomplishments and commitments above and beyond those required to meet laws and regulations pertaining to cultural resources management. 

In August, Brockington was notified by the ACRA Awards Committee that SCDOT and FHWA had won the award. In October, Ralph Bailey, our Charleston Branch Chief, and Josh Fletcher, a Senior Archaeologist at our Charleston office, as well as Natalie Adams Pope of New South Associates, attended the 2015 ACRA Conference in Denver, where Natalie and Josh accepted the award on behalf of SCDOT and FHWA.  Duane Peter, President of ACRA, read Chad Long’s (SCDOT) acceptance speech: 

“On behalf of SCDOT and FHWA, I would like to thank the ACRA Awards Committee for recognizing the efforts our agencies have made over the past decade to advance the management and protection of cultural resources in the state of South Carolina.  Our commitment to cultural resource management remains strong as we enter an era of system preservation and look for creative ways to maintain and fund our transportation infrastructure.  Improving CRM practice will play an important role in how we navigate the transportation funding crisis that we now face.  We will continually look to the cultural resource management industry for new ideas and innovations that will help us efficiently deliver transportation projects that balance the impacts of our projects with preservation concerns.  Thank you again for the recognition and the award….cheers!”

Brockington plans to present the award plaque to the SCDOT in the near future, possibly at their year-end awards ceremony at their Columbia headquarters.

Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War Workshop

Jul 27, 2015

On July 24-25, Scott Butler attended a special workshop to create a Research Design for the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.  The workshop was hosted by the National Park Service, and included staff from SEAC in Tallahassee, Florida, the Guilford Courthouse, Cowpens, and Kings Mountain Battlefields, and many prominent battlefield archaeologists.  Speakers included Doug Scott on battlefield archaeology, Larry Babbitts on the Southern campaign, Scott Butler on the Battle of the Waxhaws, Kris McMasters on the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), and Michael Seibert on future archaeological investigations at the Cowpens Battlefield.  Saturday began with a tour of Cowpens led by Larry Babbitts, author of A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens.

Bulloch Hall Summer Camp Archaeologists

Jul 07, 2015

On July 7, Meagan Brady and Jana Futch from Brockington's Atlanta office met up with kids and counselors at the annual Bulloch Hall Summer Camp in Roswell. The kids learned that the most important thing that archaeologists do is gather information, and that we collect information in many ways. First, the budding archaeologists found four different "sites" by placing flagging pins next to "artifacts." Then they helped to map the site to determine what each one represented. The sites included a crossroads, a house with a well, a series of campfires, and a large trash pit.

Next, the kids got to handle and sort real artifacts, like prehistoric and historic ceramics, metal nails, shell, and stone tools. They imagined what the artifacts could have been used for, and what they tell us about the people who used them.

Finally, they conducted a "cookie excavation" where they could show off their excavation skills by using picks to carefully remove chocolate chip "artifacts" from their cookie "site." This showed how difficult it can be to remove artifacts without damaging them. The kids who excavated the most artifacts had the most information about their site and the people who lived there. This task was especially difficult because the heat outdoors kept melting the chocolate chips!

All our young archaeologists did great work and we look forward to seeing them again next year!

Ponds Conservancy Honored with Preservation Award

Jun 12, 2015

On June 5, 2015, the Ponds Conservancy was presented with the South Carolina Historic Preservation Award for their efforts to protect and maintain historic resources at The Ponds, a large residential development in Summerville, South Carolina. Brockington nominated the Conservancy specifically for their "restoration and adaptive reuse of the Schulz-Lotz historic home into a workable and sustainable centerpiece for their subdivision," as well as for their overall commitment to cultural resources at The Ponds development. Brockington has completed several successful archaeological projects for Kolter Homes, the primary developer of The Ponds.

The award is sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and was presented by Lt. Governor Henry McMaster. Read more about the Ponds Conservancy and the South Carolina Historic Preservation Award at the link below.

Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield Listed on the National Register

Jun 11, 2015

Brockington is pleased to announce that the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield (also called Johnston's River Line) has been expanded and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Multiple Property Documentation. The River Line was an important set of defensive works that were commissioned by Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston in July, 1864, to slow or halt the advance US General William T. Sherman's armies towards Atlanta. Constructed using a unique type of redoubt called a "Shoupade," the River Line was built on the northern and western sides of the Chattahoochee River by enslaved laborers as the Union army approached the city. Fighting within the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield took place between July 5-10th, as Union troops entrenched themselves in front of the Confederate positions. While skirmishing was on-going, Sherman sought a way around River Line, which he called "the strongest field fortifications I ever saw." After Union troops located a crossing point on the Chattahoochee River, Johnson ordered the evacuation of the River Line, and the Confederates fell back to prepared defensive works closer to Atlanta.

Portions of the River Line, as well as the Union fortifications, are still extant in and around Mableton, Georgia. The Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) contracted with Brockington to survey portions of the Battlefield, and then to write a multiple property nomination to the National Register. The benefit of a multiple property nomination is that new portions of the Battlefield can be added to the National Register as they are surveyed or donated. MIC plans to develop a public park and nature trail along Nickajack Creek and the Chattahoochee River that will incorporate portions of the Battlefield, and key components of the River Line itself. See the link below to read more about the nomination.

Christy Pritchard Accepts the Ida Lee Willis Award

Jun 02, 2015

Brockington is proud to announce that Christy Pritchard accepted the Ida Lee Willis Award on May 27th, 2015, on behalf of the Living Archaeology Weekend Steering Committee. The award was presented by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office and the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation. Honoring a seminal figure in Kentucky preservation, the Ida Lee Willis Award is given annually in appreciation of individuals, organizations, and local governments that make significant contributions to the preservation of Kentucky's heritage.

Living Archaeology Weekend has been promoting cultural resources preservation for over 25 years. LAW is a nonprofit educational program focused on the past technologies of Kentucky’s native and pioneer peoples, and the preservation of the archaeological remains of those lifeways. A free, annual, two-day public outreach event with an associated web site, LAW is one of few public archaeology education programs of its magnitude in Kentucky. Through innovative demonstrations, hands-on activities, and dozens of educational resources, LAW has fostered respect for cultural resources and promoted public stewardship of the archaeological record to 35,000 fifth-grade students and other visitors.

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