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The heroic and fierce struggle for Burnside Bridge, part of the battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862), was the single deadliest day of combat in American History. The engagement at Burnside Bridge has been called the “Thermopylae of the American Civil War”. There, less that 300 Confederates (2nd and 20th Georgia), and against overwhelming numbers, defended and held the bridge during five Union assaults. The courage and brave deeds of men like Holmes (2nd Georgia), and Kingsbury and Griswold (11th Connecticut) are noted in historical accounts. But others, who fought as bravely and heroically, remain unheralded or unknown. Burnside Bridge was explored in a series of “ghost excavations”, in an attempt to “unearth” what still remains of that Civil War presence. During our fieldwork there, we recovered a multitude of “vestiges” (“residuals”) and “traces” (“interactive”) of the Civil War battlefield soundscape. In the process, we built a solid “bridge”, connecting our data to recent archaeological (surface assemblages of past presence), ethnographic (acoustemology as a way of knowing), and memory and consciousness (self-resonance; social/mental fields) studies. The results of these non-evasive “excavations” are summarized here, and their implications for ghost research are cited.
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John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, actor, and author. As an archaeologist, he has unearthed past material remains in excavations and site surveys in England, Mexico, and at various sites in the United States (including Eastern South Dakota, the Tennessee River Valleys, and in Pennsylvania). His anthropological fieldwork includes the studies of “spirits” in the religious beliefs of the afterlife among various cultural groups in Mexico (Mixtec, Zapotec, Lacandon, Nahuatl, and Otomi). His acting career includes “ghosting” performances of various characters and scenarios in more than 35 movies, TV shows, and documentaries. He has appeared in the A&E TV series, Paranormal State as an investigative consultant. His recent speaking engagements include the T.A.G. (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Space and Place Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, the TAG Conference at the University in Buffalo, New York, Exploring the Extraordinary Conference in York, England, the C.H.A.T. archaeological conference also in York, and the GHost Conference at the University of London, London, England. His investigative reports have been published in such diverse venues as Haunted Times Magazine, Tennessee Anthropologist, and the online journal, ParaAnthropology. He has been a frequent guest on numerous radio and internet talk shows, among them, Beyond the Edge Radio, The Paranormal View, Para X Radio, Blog Talk Radio, The Grand Dark Conspiracy, and Rusty O’Nhiall’s “Mysterious and Unexplained” on PsiFM (Australia). He was a university professor in Mexico for 11 years, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on the anthropology of tourism. He has also been featured on public educational TV for U.S. and foreign markets, and has worked on international educational documentaries (in Spain). He has a M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology (University of Tennessee), and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology (Bloomsburg University). He has also attended Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of the Americas (Cholula, Puebla, Mexico), and has studied theatre and method acting in Mexico City. He can be reached via email at email@example.com. His website is: www.ghostexcavation.com and he can be found on Facebook (“Ghost Excavations with John Sabol”)
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 170 pages. 9.00x0.39x6.00 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1482032449
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1482032449