January 22, 2018

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The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s Civil War Roundtable meets every other month, on the second Thursday of the month, at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in Winchester (20 N. Loudoun St.).

Next meeting:  Thursday, April 12, at 7pm.  Guest speaker:  Dr. Clarence Geier, Retired Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology at James Madison University.  Dr. Geier’s topic will be History in Bits and Pieces: Contributions of Historical Archaeology to Interpreting the Civil War.  (For more information, see below.)

Membership is the roundtable is open to everyone.  To be added to the e-mail list for the group, click the button below or call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.  For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

About the Next Program:

“History in Bits and Pieces: Contributions of Historical Archaeology to Interpreting the Civil War In the Shenandoah Valley”

Clarence R. Geier, Retired Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology, James Madison University

Historical archaeology has taken on an increasingly important role in the world-wide study of battlefields and other military sites from ancient times to as recently as Vietnam.  Since 1990 studies which combine the study of historic accounts with the recovery and analysis of military artifacts have contributed to the location, interpretation, and preservation of significant Civil War era military sites in the Shenandoah Valley.  Examples illustrating the historic record that exists in and on Valley lands include the mapping of the 1861/1862 Fort Edward Johnson and the associated Camp Shenandoah on Shenandoah Mountain, and military actions and encampments on the Fishers Hill and Cedar Creek Battlefields.