Boy Scouts from Mobile and Greeneville, Alabama, participated in archaeological excavations of a Mississippian site in coastal Baldwin County on July 24. Seven boys and four adults worked hard all day and learned about archaeological field methods and saw numerous artifacts that were recovered from a prehistoric shell midden.
Much thanks to Teresa Paglione (USDA Archaeologist) who coordinated this effort with the Boy Scouts and Wiregrass. Also, thanks to Sarah Price of Costal Environments who volunteered her time.
Boy Scouts at the Baldwin County, AL Archaeology Work Day.
Justin Stickler working in an excavation unit with Boy Scout volunteers.
Wiregrass recently received a grant to provide archaeological expertise during a volunteer work-day, whereby more than 50 volunteers participated in tree-planting and heron nest-building activities. Because of the presence of a prehistoric archaeological site at or near this location, volunteers were given an overview of the cultural resources likely to be encountered and learned how archaeological fieldwork is conducted. Justin Stickler provided the archaeological oversight, along with two other professional archaeologists. During this event, the majority of holes that were dug for live oak saplings were screened or sifted using archaeological screens.
Justin Stickler provided the archaeological oversight, along with two other professional archaeologists, Amanda McBride and Heather Puckett.