Local Event: SDCAS Lecture: A Tale of Two Battlefields: How National Geographic Lost Its Way

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Los Peñasquitos Adobe. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. (Off Black Mountain Road, beyond Canyonside Community Park.)

Presented by local archaeologist and USD instructor, Dr. Tim Gross.

National Geographic Channel’s Diggers shows metal detector-wielding people working at historic sites looking for relics and passing themselves off as legitimate investigators of the past.  For them, finding relics is a competition in which the finds are judged at the end of each episode to determine which person found the best goodie.  Some of the episodes have focused on historic battlefields. Dr. Tim Gross, local archaeologist and instructor at USD, will draw on recent work at the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument by real archaeologists, with the help of metal detector enthusiasts, to highlight the sharp contrasts between the destruction of the past shown on Diggers (and Spike TV’s American Digger) and how archaeologists use the artifacts they find, along with the context of these artifacts, to learn about the past.

For directions or additional information, call the San Diego County Archaeological Society at (858) 538-0935, or visit www.sdcas.org.

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