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Chip McGimsey

State Archaeologist, Office of Cultural Development in Baton Rouge

Digging into Louisiana's History


Chip McGimsey dives into Louisiana state’s 10,000 year human history, highlighting how we can work together to preserve that history and make our stories available.

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Baskets and Pots

@ VOL 6 ON APR 13, 2012

Richard Wilshusen is an archaeologist, and in this presentation he explains the material culture of baskets and pots. He explores the idea that the functionality behind the basket evolved in the design of ceramic pots. (in English)

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Darrell's Party Hole and other Battlegrounds

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 21, 2013

Artist Jill Shoffiett speaks of her childhood friend Mamie, and Mamie's mysterious and inscrutable Vietnam veteran father, Darrell. She spins us lenghty tales of Darrell's odd habits of digging, building, and moving his family from place to place. Jill discusses the influence Darrell, and her young experiences have had on her, and how it inspirits her art.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 25, 2014.

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History is In!

@ VOL 6 ON NOV 27, 2014

Friederike Hehle is the founder of her one-woman-agency Historizing. She started her business by digging out the history of her fathers bus and travel company. Now Friederike does archival work for other companies that want to rediscover their own history.

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Digging for History

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

"... an African proverb he taught me: 'If the lions don't survive to tell their stories, the hunters get all the credit.' He wanted to tell the story of 260 men in his unit. He was the only one still alive."

In Digging for History from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, Mieke Kirkels tells the story of the segregated US Army in Margraten, Netherlands, and specifically the cemetary where many of the fallen WWII soldiers bodies now rest. As she dug further into the story of the graves, she learned about the nearly 1 million African-American soldiers who depsite helping to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, go unrecognized in most history books. One of these few remaining living soldiers shared his story with her. 

Kirkels believes that it is important to listen to people's stories, to listen with our ears and with our heart. Because history is about lives. Let's listen and read behind the lines...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. 

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Unearthing Florida's Archaeology

@ VOL 33 ON APR 26, 2016

Sarah Nohe of the Florida Public Archaeology Network brings the state's artifacts from the Ice Age to life.  While excavting burial grounds and fresh water springs, acheologists found bones, fabric, and tools which tell the story of how humans and animals coexisted. 

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Killing the Golden Goose: Reflections on History, Growth & Sustainability

@ VOL 9 ON JUN 21, 2016

Lillian Azevedo shares on her unique job of taking a look at St. Augustine's land before it is developed. It's an interesting opportunity and probably one of the last before burying what's hidden with new developments.

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A Bone With an Unusual Story

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Clara Watson is an archaeologist at Underground Overground Archaeology. She completed her master's degree at the University of Otago, where she looked at the archaeology of the New Zealand Temperance Movement, before moving to Christchurch to work as an archaeologist. Her role at Underground Overground Archaeology is as an artifact specialist, where she catalogs and researches the many interesting artifacts found at archaeological sites in Christchurch. Clara enjoys examining the various weird and wonderful objects used by nineteenth-century New Zealanders and finds it fascinating learning more about Christchurch’s early residents. In her talk, Clara will be speaking about an animal bone that was found on a central Christchurch archaeological site. What at first seemed to be just another sheep bone turned out to be from a completely different species, one with an interesting history on its origins in New Zealand.

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London and Paris House: a Touch of Fancy in the Frontier City

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Jessie Garland is an archaeologist and artefact analyst, specialising in the material culture of nineteenth century New Zealand. Originally from North Canterbury, she spend six years working with and sharing the vast quantity of archaeology discovered in Christchurch after the earthquakes. She now lives in Melbourne, where she is pursuing a PhD in archaeology, exploring the ways in which the availability and use of goods in historic Christchurch contributed to the development and identity of the modern city. Jessie is fascinated by the relationship people have with things and the ways that we use them to construct our own worlds, as individuals and as a society. In this PechaKucha, she explores aspects of that relationship in early Christchurch through the hidden archaeology of the fancy goods stores and other shops that once stood to the north of Cathedral Square.

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Miasmas and Malaises

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Katharine Watson is an archaeologist, currently doing her PhD at UC. She loves houses and people's life stories and - oddly - isn't talking about either of those things in this PechaKucha, but is instead focusing on the landscapes that have shaped the lives and health of the people of Otautahi/Christchurch. In her spare time, Katharine is the president of the New Zealand Archaeological Association.