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Buckhead Heritage Sponsors Civil War Battlefield Archaeology Lecture
Buckhead Heritage Sponsors Civil War Battlefield Archaeology Lecture

As part of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War, Buckhead Heritage will host archaeologist Garrett Silliman for a lecture on the cutting-edge field of battlefield archaeology. “Digging Up Civil War History: Battlefield Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign” will be held Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Child Hall at 2744 Peachtree Road. Drinks will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for Buckhead Heritage Society members or $15 for non-members.

The event is being generously sponsored by the Buckhead offices of Harry Norman, Realtors.

Battlefield archaeology utilizes startling precise technology to help historians better understand the everyday life of soldiers during war and the events that transpired on the field of conflict. Today, sophisticated equipment, including GPS, ground-penetrating radar, and advanced metal detectors, is being used to identify battlefields, map troop movements, and gain insight into military strategies of the Civil War. During the program, Silliman will share case studies from his work studying Civil War battlefields of the Atlanta Campaign.

Garrett Silliman, an archaeologist with Edwards-Pitman Environmental Inc., is a leading practitioner in the field of battlefield archaeology. Silliman graduated in 1996 from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he earned a degree in Archaeology. Since college he has worked on archaeological projects in 19 states and the Republic of Honduras. Mr. Silliman moved to Georgia in 1999 to cultivate his primary research interest -- the everyday life of the average Civil War soldier in Georgia. Mr. Silliman has worked on numerous sites related to the 1864 Atlanta and Savannah Campaigns and is in the process of compiling his and other scholars’ data into a volume on the Archaeology of the Atlanta Campaign.  Recently, he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and the National Public Radio Program The Story

“With the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War this spring, there is increased interest in the conflict,” says Buckhead Heritage Society Executive Director Erica Danylchak. “Our guests will be fascinated by the work Silliman has done in the field to help bring clarity to events that happened in our own backyard.”

To purchase tickets in advance, visit the Buckhead Heritage Society’s website, www.buckheadheritage.com/events. Or, to reserve seats, call 404-467-9447. Cash or checks will be accepted at the door.

The Buckhead Heritage Society, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 to identify, preserve, and promote the community’s historic resources. In addition to restoration projects and advocacy efforts, the Society hosts educational events to foster a conscious respect within the community for its rich and diverse history.