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The Ghost Excavation: An Ethnography of a Haunted Site

Sabol Jr, John G

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ISBN 10: 149423467X / ISBN 13: 9781494234676
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Title: The Ghost Excavation: An Ethnography of a ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishi

Publication Date: 2013

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It is proposed that the habits learned in pre-battle drill of the “culture of war”, and the cultural patterns that were followed of the “culture of death” of mid-19th c. American Society became future manifesting possibilities (with purpose) on Civil War battlefields today. They form part of a habitual, culturally-patterned “normal” world that we can “unearth” in a “ghost excavation”. This makes that world predictable and representative of continuing “signs” of forms of life on these battlefields. In this sense, haunting manifestations are habits about habits, and a “ghost soldier” is an emergence of a form of life that connects us today with their past beliefs and practices.

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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.

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